Originally Published: Tuesday, 10 October 2000 Author: Brian Richardson
Published to: enhance_articles_hardware/Hardware Reviews Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Review The Reviewer

Today's article does not focus on the latest VIA chipset, or what IDE RAID controller is the best for your computer. Today's hardware review is about the reviewer ...

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Today's article does not focus on the latest VIA chipset, or what IDE RAID controller is the best for your computer. Today's hardware review is about the reviewer ... and what the audience thinks the reviewer needs to review.

How rude. I didn't even introduce myself.

My name is Brian, and I'm a geek. For the past few months, I've been writing about hardware for linux.com. Last month, I took over the job of project manager for hardware.linux.com. As we speak, I am assembling a new cadre of authors to bring life to this section.

As many of my past articles have stated, I feel there isn't enough focus on how hardware relates to the computer experience. The state of hardware awareness in the Linux community needs to be better, especially with the lack of driver support from many vendors.

What I've tried to do over the past few months is bring hardware information to the community. Not just gigaflops and megahertz, but more of a philosophical approach. The approach to building a system is, in my mind, more important than reviewing the latest MegaTexelGigaFlipFlopHertz processor. Of course I want to do those reviews too, but they're not as meaningful without the background.

I've also tried to point users to help in the community. I've been a computer user for over 18 years, but I've only been into Linux for a few years. There are elements of this operating system that I don't know so well ... that's when I have to hand you off to another writer or a Web site.

The point to this article ... yes, there is a point. I've been very happy with the feedback that comes from the readers of this site. Even the occasional flame or negative e-mail is insightful, unless it falls into the "you suck cuz' I say so" category. When I get 30 or 40 comments on an article, it shows me the community has interest in the topic.

When I started as a writer at linux.com, I felt I had to coax feedback out of the community. Now that I'm "running the show", I think I'll have to do it again. I want this section to stay topical and entertaining. What I'm looking for is your ideas on what this section needs to do. I'm not looking for broads comments like "do more reviews" or "be more like yourfavoritewebsite.com", but specific hardware topics that we can write about.

Linux has been, and will always be, an operating system driven by its users. I'm hoping that this little corner of the web can benefit from the same community. Post your comments to the talkback below, or send them directly to me (brianr@linux.com).

Brian Richardson and his linux.com cohorts will be at Atlanta Linux Showcase this week (October 10-14). Please stop by the exhibit hall if you get a chance. Brian will be the un-tanned guy in a Linux t-shirt carrying a laptop ... you can't miss him.





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