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  • Do we need new forums?

    I'm ready to listen. Post your suggestions here, but don't just throw in names or technologies. The suggested topic of the new forums must be something that will generate a lot of interest and will attract posts Opening a forum just for the heck of having it looks bad, and uses up human (moderator) resources.
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    Linux, anyone?

    Could anyone here handle mod'ing a Linux forum? (Judging by DYasny's Avatar, I think we have at least one )

    As someone who is on the cusp of seriously utilizing Linux for a worksite, I'm already starting to scope out where I'll be able to harvest some community support. Sure, the distro that I pick (Likely Debian "Etch" or OpenSUSE) will provide most of the help that I need, but it would be nice to have a few other places to go to.

    Going down the Linux road could end up fracturing the forum a bit or affecting other topics. It could introduce a new population of folks who would then begin asking Linux related questions in the security and networking forums (not to mention the Certification forums). Not sure if the Petri Forums are flanked enough to handle it or if there is a desire to branch out beyond Microsoft OSs.

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    • #3
      Re: Do we need new forums?

      Linux? No I don't see any reason for it.
      Although I probably will do RHCT and maybe RHCE I haven't seen a lot of questions about it over here.
      So I didn't see much traffic for Linux right now.
      Marcel
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      • #4
        Re: Do we need new forums?

        I agree with Marcel. Although important, Linux has virtually no spot on the site, therefore I don't see our regular users will ever be attracted to such a forum. Furthermore, hosting such a forum requires that we also have one or two experts around that could act as moderators.
        Cheers,

        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
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        • #5
          Re: Do we need new forums?

          Linux has no spot on the site, since there is no topic to use for it.
          if there was a linux forum, people would flock in, and I?d be happy to help out
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          • #6
            Re: Do we need new forums?

            I doubt it. We also have a Misc forum where they could post it, however they don't.
            How many questions are asked here about Linux?
            Marcel
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            • #7
              Re: Do we need new forums?

              How about Open Source instead? That can include all the Linux flavours plus a lot more.
              Quite a few Open source projects now are OS independent and a lot of Win admins (Myself included) have been finding them very useful at some point.
              My point is that pretty much all IT professionals have come accross and used open source in their networks.
              I am not sure what the traffic is regarding Open source but maybe that's because people perceive this forum mainly as Microsoft focused.

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              • #8
                Re: Do we need new forums?

                Hmmm I think that I would give Open Source a better change.
                If Linux attracts in this forum than we always can create a seperate one.
                However do we have enough specialists on the forum for this?
                Marcel
                Technical Consultant
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                • #9
                  Re: Do we need new forums?

                  What about a separate forum under Networking for Wireless?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Do we need new forums?

                    How about "Network Monitoring" under networking?

                    Discussions could included things like the usage of Nagios, Zenoss, Cacti, RRDTool and its many front ends (like the aforementioned Cacti), the managment of SNMP, sflow, netflow, etc. and etc..



                    Concerning Linux and OpenSource:
                    Quoth Dumber:
                    I doubt it. We also have a Misc forum where they could post it, however they don't.
                    How many questions are asked here about Linux?
                    My suspicion was that very few questions are asked about Linux for two reasons:
                    1. Linux isn't a priority on the parent Petri web site. It's overwhelmingly Microsoft/Windows oriented with a good share of Cisco and Virtualization mixed in.
                    2. There is no forum for Linux and the Misc. forum isn't intuative or inviting enough to attract posters.


                    Concerning reason #1: No worries. The Petri site is what it is. If Linux doesn't fit, let's not force it to fit. It was just a suggestion that I thought I'd throw out there.
                    Concerning reason #2: If we provided a place for Linux discussion, it may generate it's own weather (so to speak). If you build it...

                    The previous points could be restated for the topic of Open Source software as well.
                    Code:
                    sed -e 's/Linux/OpenSource/g' thisPost > thisPostBetter
                    However, the concern still remains that if any of these forums are started, will their be qualified folks to mod them? I disqualify myself, because if I was an expert I wouldn't need the forums that badly.
                    Wesley David
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                    • #11
                      Re: Do we need new forums?

                      Hi,

                      There is no forum for Novell. It will be good if we have one.

                      Thanks
                      Subbu.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Do we need new forums?

                        I haven't seen one question about Novell....
                        Marcel
                        Technical Consultant
                        Netherlands
                        http://www.phetios.com
                        http://blog.nessus.nl

                        MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
                        "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

                        "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
                        "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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                        • #13
                          Re: Do we need new forums?

                          The thing about Linux is there are already some very good Linux forums with tons of posts.

                          On the Microsoft side, there aren't too many other "good" forums IMO. But I think even if there was a linux section here, I'd rather post somewhere else, as I know more people will read/answer.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Do we need new forums?

                            I agree with Gepeto... and who is going to come to a site which is still widely referred to as "MCSEWorld" or "Petri's MCSE site" by many folks, to ask questions about Linux?

                            I would hazard a guess that they would first go do a and start with www.linuxforums.org and work from there.


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                            • #15
                              Re: Do we need new forums?

                              A Xen Server forum would be nice. I need to post something now but only have a choice of MS and VMWares offerings.
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