WOW! 60 issues. That translates into five years since I signed on as the Chief
Editor of The PCLinuxOS Magazine. Throw into that mix eight special editions.
When I originally agreed to be the magazine's editor, the original plans were to
only do the job for a year or so, then turn it over to someone else. And here it
is, five years later!
During that time, we've resurrected the magazine and put it back on a monthly
publishing schedule. Other nay-sayers said there wasn't enough information to
write about for a monthly publication schedule. Really? With nearly 14,000
packages in the repos, I think in the past five years we've just barely
scratched the surface. Plus, the Linux landscape, and PCLinuxOS specifically, is
always in a continual state of flux. Things change. Things evolve. There are
updates all the time. Some of our favorite programs disappear, only to be
replaced with newer ones. There are additions all the time. We've also
introduced new, recurrent monthly columns, like Meemaw's monthly graphics
tutorials, ms_meme's Nook, georgetoon's Double Take & Gimp Tip, ms_meme's Forum
Foibles, and more multipart article series than you can shake a stick at. Yes, I
think we've proven that there is plenty to write about to keep the magazine on a
monthly publication schedule.
Oh ... and the magazine's death reports slightly more than five years ago ... they
were WAY over exaggerated.
Indeed, it has been a fun (and arduous) past five years. Sure, we've had our ups
and our downs. Some months, the content for the magazine practically writes
itself. Other months, it is a struggle to come up with the content. Sometimes,
the latter happens because of "writer's block." Other times, it's because "life"
gets in the way and it's difficult to find time to sit down and write the
articles. Some of the articles I initially thought would be the hardest to write
ended up being the easiest to write. On the other side of that coin, some of the
articles I thought would be the easiest to write ended up being some of the more
difficult articles to write. I'd also like to thank all of those who have helped
with the magazine over the past five years.
This month's cover image, designed by Meemaw, celebrates the bountiful fun that
can found all across the U.S. at county fairs. July is the time of year in the
U.S. when county fairs are in full swing, providing a lot of family fun.
Until next month, I bid you peace, happiness, serenity and prosperity.