Many new and exciting things have happened since our last issue (March 1998). Thanks to the
help of many volunteers and the generous sponsorship of two Spanish ISPs
(Nova and CTV), we
have our own domain linuxfocus.org, two servers
accounts and free access to the internet. We cannot thank enough
all of the people that have made our magazine come to life. Many new groups from all over the world
are expressing interest in being part of the LinuxFocus family;
we welcome the enthusiastic Danish, German and Turkish groups to our editorial board.
French readers can already read nearly
80% of the previous issues in their native language. Our newcomers are working hard to catch up
with the oldest groups and we hope that, in near future, all groups will be working at the same pace.
LinuxFocus proudly announces that we are accepting articles
not only in English and Spanish but also in German, French, Turkish and any other
language we support. This month's articles were originally written
in different languages. This means that there was a lot of translation work done so that they
could be read by all. We strive to improve the quality of our translations in every issue,
but please understand that we are all volunteers and novices in the magazine business and are
learning as we go. You can help by sending us corrections, or by offering to help with the translation or
revision of articles. All help is welcome.
With each LF release, we realize more and more just how much information is available on the web.
Many web sites bring you the latest news flashes and rumors. It appears that there is
too much superficial and dispersed information on the net, requiring inquisitive readers to bounce
all over the web just to find the scraps of information they need. Our philosophy is to
provide in-depth information all in one place, on issues that interest novices and new users alike.
Recently, we have been focusing on graphics and graphics programming. But we are slowly exploring
other areas. This month, we have two new exciting series: Real-Time Linux (an OS series) and
SQL programming (database). There are also interesting initiatives going on in the Spanish mailing
lists. We are experimenting with the idea of having an ongoing course on the C programming language
that will bring together professional C programmers, students and curious young people. With this initiative,
we hope to take advantage of the internet in an original way, and place an even greater emphasis on
in-depth education by bringing together teachers and students. This project is still in its infancy,
but we hope to offer this and other similar initiatives in the future.