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Announcing a new fun venture for me: Our sister site LifeOnLinux

Posted by , 18 April 2017 at 1:58 pm UTC / 11236 views
I've debated for quite some time setting up my own more generalised Linux and technology site, so screw it, I did it. Announcing LifeOnLinux.com as a new experiment!

To be clear: GamingOnLinux will stay exactly the same and keep improving as it always does. LifeOnLinux costs nothing extra to run and it's mainly an experiment right now.

It will have the same basic principles as GOL itself: No bullshit, no adverts, no clickbait, SSL for everyone for free and it will keep things simple and to the point as much as possible. It will accept user contributed articles too, just like GOL does.

I know what you're thinking: Oh no, not another site! Well, GOL has never really covered general Linux news. Times when I do we often get complaints that it's not specifically Linux gaming related and I have to tell people we sometimes cover stuff not directly about Linux + Gaming. Now I don't have to.

Also, since I am only one person, burn-out is a very real thing I have to deal with in regards to GOL directly. You might think taking on another workload would be idiotic, but there's a reason behind my madness. Distractions/new stuff actually helps me focus - really it does. It allows me to cool off from GOL for some moments to do something else, then come back fresh each time.

It's actually using the exact same codebase as GOL itself, so all improvements for LifeOnLinux directly benefit GOL and vice versa. For our code, it's only going to be a good thing, as it gives me a further reason to continue cleaning it up and improve it. Our code has already come along in many areas, thanks to needing changes to accommodate it running on an additional site.

Gaming news is usually very time consuming, considering I test most of what I write about first, so a single game can end up taking half a day away and more. This is quite different to normal Linux news, since a lot of it is very generic in the way that it won't take me many hours of repeated testing to write about. This is why it hopefully won't take much time away from GOL at all, so you need not be worried. I've actually built up a reasonable list of RSS feeds to follow for news, so hopefully it will have a good bit of content each week, likely not as much as GOL though!

About Logins: For now, logins are entirely separated. Making a login bridge between the two is being researched and something may come of it eventually.

Note: Just like GOL, it will rely on users sending in news and tips, especially since writing news not focused around gaming is something new to me.

Finally, GOL is still my main focus, LifeOnLinux is currently being done "as and when" and most importantly: for fun. Anyone is free to contribute to it remember, just as anyone can contribute here on GOL. Let's see what happens, even if it goes down burning it will have been fun to try.
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meggerman 18 April 2017 at 2:10 pm UTC
Cool. Although im sure you are already going to do this, just in case it would be nice to have the top banner linking to the other site so people can be reminded and get there easier. Im not talking shared cookies or anything but just a nice way to get there from here.

Gratz.
Kohrias 18 April 2017 at 2:27 pm UTC
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Just don't get distracted from GOL too much


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Perkeleen_Vittupää 18 April 2017 at 2:28 pm UTC
LifeOnLinux is a perfect name! Capturing what many of are just about nowadays \o/
kf 18 April 2017 at 2:30 pm UTC
It would be nice to be able to have shared accounts between Gaming on Linux and Life on Linux for more efficient shitposting commenting.
elo 18 April 2017 at 2:31 pm UTC
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Awesome, can't wait for the account bridge to be in place (it really should have been from release). Having two accounts for what I would consider one system seems silly. However, I'll be reading and enjoying it

(Why not just share the user database, or mirror them?) Answer: They are 100% split, so that makes sense.


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liamdawe 18 April 2017 at 2:32 pm UTC
eloAwesome, can't wait for the bridge to be in place (it really should have been from release). Having two accounts for what I would consider one system seems silly. However, I'll be reading and enjoying it
Well it's actually quite a bit of work to do one properly and securely. I would rather research it properly than do it half-baked.

They are also 100% separate sites, so they are not one and the same , so it's not an essential feature.
adila01 18 April 2017 at 2:32 pm UTC
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I like the idea of LifeOnLinux. I do support the idea of advertising on your sites. It will bring in additional income to better support you. Those that don't like advertisements probably have adblocker in place anyways. Thank you.
elo 18 April 2017 at 2:35 pm UTC
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liamdaweso it's not an essential feature.

Thank you so much for the reply!

Considering that I've seen more people than me already recognizing the lack of shared accounts I think I would consider it an essential feature - or at least a very important one as the community is likely to be rather shared between both sites.

EDIT: I don't want to be too mean as I think the new project is really cool! I just hope this one feature will be in place (securely and proper) rather quickly


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liamdawe 18 April 2017 at 2:38 pm UTC
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liamdaweso it's not an essential feature.

Thank you so much for the reply!

Considering that I've seen more people than me already recognizing the lack of shared accounts I think I would consider it an essential feature - or at least a very important one as the community is likely to be rather shared between both sites.
It is a priority to look into post-launch for sure, just in reality it is only 1-2 minutes of people's time until then, so while a very minor bother, it shouldn't affect things too much
Mohandevir 18 April 2017 at 2:47 pm UTC
LifeOnLinux.com... Bookmarked!
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