Another look at unsolicited website picks (June 2017) Part 2

Continued from Another look at unsolicited website picks (June 2017) Part 1

For Linux users:

6. Package Search at software.opensuse.org - Even if you aren't an openSUSE or Fedora user, the package search page at software.openssue.org is a good site to visit because it's an easy way to search and discover available applications for Linux. It's well-designed and easy-to-use for users who don't like reviewing software from the Terminal or from a package manager. It's certainly a step up from the traditional text package repo sites hosted for systems like Debian and FreeBSD. Obviously, listed utilities and ports in openSUSE's Package Search page are dedicated to openSUSE systems, but it will give you an idea what to look for in your own distribution's repositories.



Note: I've been a fan of openSUSE since version 10 despite primarily working in Debian and Fedora. I can't recommend the German-based distribution enough. If you're already an openSUSE user, note that software.opensuse.org has plenty of software that isn't available in the default openSUSE repositories, regardless if you use zypper or Yast2 Software Management.



7. docs.fedoraproject.org - As with software.opensuse.org, you don't have to be a Fedora user to appreciate or take advantage of docs.fedoraproject.org. Even if you aren't running a Red Hat-based distribution, the documentation hosted on the site gives a solid overview of how modern Linux runs. In many ways, it's superior to the Linux ebooks that spend too much time taking potshots at Windows, rather than discussing practical fundamentals. On the downside, Fedora behaves somewhat differently from other popular Linux distributions and there are many details that only apply to Fedora, with some sections clearly not applicable to even its parent Red Hat.



Note: As a technical writer, I can only dream about working in mainstream companies that have Linux documentation as good as those found in docs.fedoraproject.org. Unlike consumer companies that don't prioritize solid documentation, the Fedora team does a great job of maintaining and structuring Fedora's prodigious tech content. Considering that Fedora has a well-known reputation for pushing development ahead, that's impressive.

For Windows users:

8. Windows Central - Ignorant Windows and macOS users have a shallow perspective of Microsoft, but even casual investors of the company know that Microsoft is expanding its products and ramping up their tech more now than they did back during their Windows 98 heyday.  Windows Central eschews much of Microsoft's lesser known contributions by focusing on consumer products such as gaming and upcoming hardware. It's also one of the few websites that still discuss Windows 10 Mobile (I'm a Lumia 650 user myself).

Windows Central occasionally feels like a website devoted to being a shill for Microsoft, but any consumer electronics fan will find the steady stream of Windows-based, non-Windows based, and Microsoft-based products fascinating compared to Apple's limited number of products at Apple.com (pathetic tech sites like CNET suck the cock of the same Apple products over and over ad infinitum). If you're a hardware engineer, you'll be tempted to join in the discussions and be one of the numerous pedantic morons with a superiority complex arguing about RAM allocation, XBOX One, Windows RT, battery life, the Surface products, 4K resolution, and registry edits. If you're a Windows supporter, you're obligated to fend off numerous Apple disciples with horse blinders, raving Sony PlayStation 4 gamers, and Linux trolls that jump in. If you're not an XBOX or PC gamer, the new game trailers will make you wonder if it's time to once again pick up a controller.



Note: As with many tech sites, the reviews and articles are a mixed bag. There are some biased writeups, and not all of the contributors have a solid technical background considering it's a mainstream site. Thankfully, Windows Central isn't as badly written as Lifehacker, CNET, Tech Radar, and PC World, where the articles range from lazy, incredibly incompetent, self-entitled, to just plain inaccurate.

For web and cloud administrators and users:

9. Digital Ocean Community Tutorials - I've praised the community tutorials at Digital Ocean before. It's a good place to get practical tutorials or recommendations regarding today's server, web, and cloud technologies. The host, Digital Ocean, provides server space and is a generally well-regarded service provider. There are a lot of exceptionally well-written and accessible articles on the site, though many contributors are only motivated by the cash the company handed out at one time.

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