Why GNU/Linux journalism (and free software journalism in general) sucks?

It seems that pretty much every medium-big blog/news portal about GNU/Linux doesn't give a shit about content quality. I've found a ton of misleading tutorials and misinformation. Most of them are full of advertisement and analytics. And they link to proprietary social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc). They only care about monetization.

The only good content about GNU/Linux are personal blogs truly written by users.

@joeligj12 I like your blog posts, your blog is in my RSS feed

@werwolf I would´t know about the quality but the motivation is what matters the most in my opinion 🙂

@lopeztel yeah the problem is that in a lot of cases, the journalists writing about GNU/Linux don't actually use it, or they are casual users so the only motivation there is the money

@werwolf I wouldn't speak that absolute yes the motivation matters but there are a view small companies which actually care about free software and write good content even tow most times exclusively about there own products.

@werwolf In fact it's the same with privacy and security


I think the combination of the following two things can explain it:

(1) There is unfortunately not much high-quality journalism going on at all nowadays, about any subject. The few journalists who are in a position to do good work need to write about "big" topics.

(2) The topic "GNU/Linux" is unfortunately not big enough, most people (including journalists themselves) don't understand what GNU/Linux is, or what software freedom means.

I hope both of the above will change. 🙂

@eliasr I agree with you. This is what causes the current situation with GNU/Linux content

@werwolf I get most of my Linux news by fellows like The Linux Experiment on YouTube or possibly Mental Outlaw for some more based content. Of course the occasional "boomer" rant by Luke Smith.

I don't follow any written content on Linux news. I don't follow much GNU if at all tho.

@Metruzanca well by following Linux content you're also following GNU content, unless you're only following the Linux kernel and not the complete OS (GNU/Linux).

Anyway, I don't really follow a lot of "youtubers". However Luke's and Mental Outlaw's are usually great.

On the other hand, The Linux experiment seems that is the kind of content that I usually avoid when it's written.

@werwolf Ahh, right. the GNU part always confused me but that clears things up. I guess its distributions calling themselves Linux instead of GNU/Linux. (Though I suppose Arch Gnu/Linux is a mouthful)

@werwolf You pretty much answered your own question in the last sentence, the people who produce this sort of content are often not even Linux users, or are very casual Linux users

@LinuxLounge I know, I wanted to hear what other people think about that. It's sad that a lot of people who are new in the community will fall in that kind of content


> And they link to proprietary social media

Because people want to attract attention and somehow monetize their work.

Look, if FOSS journalism was only about promoting their content in the FOSS space (like Fediverse), then many times fewer people would know about FOSS.

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