[web-team]problems with Web site content
ray at comarre.com
Wed Jul 12 12:33:30 PDT 2000
I just spent some time looking around the SVLUG Web site. As I searched
around, I found some problem that probably should be corrected. SOme are
clearly problems; others are judgment calls. I'll mention them all nonetheless.
1. On http://www.svlug.org/farm.shtml, the link to "Corel Computer,
StrongARM-based Linux computers" doesn't resolve.
2. On the same page, is "Yggdrasil Computing, Inc. (San Jose)" really still
a functioning organization? The content of the site would suggest not (it
appears to have last been updated some time in 1998).
3. On the same page, "Fry's Electronics carries Red Hat Linux ...". True,
but hardly a current description of Fry's (quite extensive) Linux offerings.
4. One the same page, the list that includes Fry's seems fairly arbitrarily
selective for these days. Perhaps it needs an update to reflect the much
greater availability of Linux at retail sites? And of local Linux equipment
5. In the same page, I'm puzzled as to why "Softcraft Impresa (San Jose)" is
listed under "Local Linux Vendors". There is no local information apparent
on the Web site one connects to.
6. Further up on the same page, I am curious as to how someone decided that
TurboLinux was among the "Major Linux Distributions" but Slackware,
Mandrake, and perhaps even Corel are not. This is not a
my-distro-is-better-than-yours argument, BTW -- I use Debian myself -- but
my sense from the lists I answer questions on is that among the people who
get Linux for free, the overwhelming favorites are still Red Hat and Slackware.
7. Moving to http://www.svlug.org/events.shtml, the first two listings under
"One-time events we've had" are about past events, but they are still
written in the future tense (but the other entries are not).
8. The page http://www.svlug.org/news.shtml looks like it hasn't been
updated in about 4 months. The top entry describes the April SVLUG meeting
as a future event.
9. Going back to http://www.svlug.org/farm.shtml, the site "Newbie's Linux
Manual by Laurence Hunter" links to this message: "The Bits has moved to
www.thebits.co.uk - please update your bookmarks."
10. Same page, the site "Linux for the Newbie" links to a music page,
http://public.surfree.com/rimez/ ("Pigradio - Cincinnati's Music Scene"),
not a Linux page .
11. Same page, the site "Just Computers! (Rohnert Park)"
(http://www.justcomp.com/) offers only this in the way of Linux info: "If
you are looking for linux products, try http://www.cheapbytes.com for good
values." And the company says it is in Petaluma, not Rohnert Park.
12. Same page, under the heading "Other (Linux, Unix, Software, etc.) Local
Groups", I checked all the entries. "Linux Users Group of Davis (LUGOD)" and
"NEBALU: Niche Economy for Bay Area Linux Users" do not connect to working
Please don't take these comments the wrong way. I too do volunteer work
(though not for SVLUG), and I understand all too well the realities of
limited volunteer time. But if site maintenance is a problem, you might
think about scaling the site back to a size that the existing volunteer
effort can better maintain. I think both SVLUG and Linux would be better
served by a smaller but more current site.
------------------------------------"Never tell me the odds!"---
Ray Olszewski -- Han Solo
Palo Alto, CA ray at comarre.com
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