It’s good to be back. It’s like reincarnation. There is a reason why I am back on Muktware after a long, very long, silence.
I started Muktware some 6 years ago when I moved to Germany. I had quit my job at Linux For You magazine and I wanted to continue my journey as a journalist who covered Linux and Open Source. So I started Muktware. Back in those days I had a lot of free time to play around with Linux desktop and Muktware was a venue to share my experiences.
But I am not a single issue person. I am first a writer: a fiction writer who loves breakthrough in science, new technologies. I love TV shows and movies that have science or technology as integral part of the story line. I want to write scripts for films or TV shows. I want to direct films one day.
Somewhere between 2010 and now I tried to break away from Linux. I tried to start new sites. But due to lack of time – and too many sites spread me thin – they didn’t succeed. I returned to Linux with Linux Veda.
At the same time, once I moved to the US I started freelancing. I have started writing heavily for some big publications such as IDG’s CIO Online, Linux Foundation’s Linux.com, The New Stack, Cloud Foundry blog, Linux Magazine, ADMIN magazine, etc. Freelancing is now my primary job. That pays my bills.
But as my work expanded, I once again started to feel the desire to explore my other interests beyond Linux. Since now I have stable career as a journalist and I am working on two science fiction novels and a few short stories I think it’s about time I started exploring my other interest areas beyond Linux.
Now, I can take risks with my primary site. As I wrote in my blog on Linux Veda, I wanted to transform Linux Veda but one big challenge that I faced was ‘branding’. When a reader sees a non-Linux story on the site a lot of questions comes up – “what is this story doing on a Linux site?” At the same time Mac OS X , Windows and iOS users will never open a site with the name Linux in it without fearing that the site would be doing nothing but bash these platforms.
That’s when I decided to revive Muktware, a site that was my first venture into publication. Muktware, unlike Linux Veda is a generic term, so it will be much easier for me to write about stuff beyond Linux.
So what will I write on Muktware? While I want to break free from ‘just Linux’ there will still be very tight focus on what ‘new’ Muktware will cover. It will be a websites for geeks. It will publish stuff that geeks like. Primarily it will be about things that excite us. Science and Technology will be the primary focus. It will be an inclusive site, so expect Mac OX, iOS, Windows along with Linux family. I will also, casually, write commentaries on TV shows or movies I am watching.
I avoid politics, but I *might* also write about political stuff, if it’s going to have serious impact on our lives, on our freedom, on our way of life. As Richard M Stallman said: Geeks like to think that they can ignore politics, you can leave politics alone, but politics won’t leave you alone.
Now, I can’t manage too many sites while freelancing for other magazines because there is no time, I am planning to merge Linux Veda as the dedicate section of Muktware where it will co-exist with other sections.
So that’s my plan. I can totally understand that a lot of you who have been following me due to my coverage of Linux and Open Source may not like it. I respect that. But life is short and I do want to start talking about things that interest me, things beyond Linux and open source. If you like what you see here, stay. If you don’t like ‘everything’ that I write here, just pick the ones that interest you and leave the rest. When we go to a restaurant we don’t eat everything that on the on menus, we pick and choose. Think of Muktware as that restaurant, a restaurant for geeks that serves dishes that I like 🙂 Don’t eat everything on the menu.
Are you convinced? Yes? Good. If not, it’s OK. I will miss you.
Now here is the second part of the story. I don’t want to do it alone; I can’t. So I invite contributions from those of you who have a flare for writing. Muktware is not going to be yet another news site or blog. It’s about things that get a geek orgasmic (sorry, but couldn’t find a better term). Stories that make you say ‘that’s amazing’ is what I am interested in.
I will pay for each contribution, but keep in mind I am one of you, I am not a big publisher. I am paying from my pocket so that I can create a free community of like minded people who share exciting things on this platform called Muktware so the rest of us can learn from it. So it’s more or less beer money.
I would very much like to create a panel of writers, bloggers and editors who share the same excitement about science and technology as I do.
So what am I looking for? As I said, the target audience is geeks. I will publish stories that talk about some new and exciting breakthrough in science. I will publish stories about new exciting technologies or products. If you have really good commentary on how good the last episode of The 100 or The Legends of Tomorrow was, I am interested!
One thing that I am really interested in is helping out other people. So I really want to see a lot of good tutorials and tips on the site Not just walkthroughs with screenshots, but tutorials that are written from user’s point of view. Tutorials on subjects that help a majority of people. Send us tutorials on how to do certain things on Linux, on Mac OS X, on Windows, on Android, on iOS devices… Send us a nifty hack for Raspberry Pi. Anything. Exciting it should be!
Before sending anything, just ask yourself: will it make the geek reading this story say ‘wow, that’s so amazing’? If the answers is yes, send it across.
So here I am . I have presented my case, I am open to comments and questions. And if you are interested in sending stories to me, just drop me an email.
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