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Multi-pointer X[edit]

Currently, there is a lot of confusion about multi-pointer X as opposed to multi-touch support in X (which basically doesn't exist yet). I think the Wikipedia article about Multi-Pointer X should distinguish between multi-pointer and multi-touch more clearly, perhaps in a separate header, to avoid this confusion. HTML guru (talk) 03:41, 28 December 2009 (UTC)


Quick note, I've radically stubbed OpenSSI, as it appeared to be mostly copied from here. If anyone has the time, I think it'd have a lot of potential to be rebuilt. SQLQuery me! 05:41, 17 January 2008 (UTC)


Check out the Linux portal. :)

Request for Comment[edit]

An RfC for the naming issue has been opened here. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 17:55, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Release History[edit]

I've tried to implement this release history table on many Linux/open-source articles: Release history table

Can you please try to implement this on as many pages as possible? And can someone help me template it so it has this format {{software-release-table}}. I'm not sure how you do that.

Please PM me if you use it, but you don't have to.

Security-Enhanced Linux needs sources[edit]

Security-Enhanced Linux has been tagged "This article does not cite any references or sources" since Nov 2007. Can anybody help with this? -- Writtenonsand (talk) 17:04, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

maemo task force[edit]

I'd like to see about putting together a task force to work on improving all maemo and maemo-related articles (with some spillover into more general embedded-Linux stuff including Ubuntu Mobile, and GNOME Mobile stuff). Who do I need to talk to to get the ball rolling on something like this? GeneralAntilles (talk) 18:13, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Another FOSS logo bites the non-free dust[edit]

Per a RFD on the Commons, the Fedora Project logo is now considered non-free. ViperSnake151 11:31, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

"Now considered non-free" is a strange way of putting it; there is no indication, anywhere, that it was ever under a free license. Love, Lewis Collard! (lol, internet) 17:41, 10 June 2008 (UTC)


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Ubuntu GA Help, please![edit]

We're almost done with readying Ubuntu for Good Article status. However, the GA reviewer has asked that the prose in the Package classification and support section be fixed. If others could have a look at it, that'd be great! I'll look over it as well. I'd also like someone to give the Alternate Installation a look over and copy edit, as I massed it together earlier. Thanks! --Falcorian (talk) 01:53, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Let's see if we can WP:FA it. ffm 14:31, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

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A discussion[edit]

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Articles flagged for cleanup[edit]

Currently, 367 articles are assigned to this project, of which 168, or 45.8%, are flagged for cleanup of some sort. (Data as of 14 July 2008.) Are you interested in finding out more? I am offering to generate cleanup to-do lists on a project or work group level. See User:B. Wolterding/Cleanup listings for details. More than 150 projects and work groups have already subscribed, and adding a subscription for yours is easy - just place a template on your project page.

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Notability of distributions[edit]

Are people in this project comfortable with all the fringe articles being created for distros that seemingly have no notability? Refer to the List of Linux distributions or Comparison of Linux distributions. A lot of these are somewhat trivial forks/mods of major distros. They haven't received any significant coverage in reliable secondary sources. I'm not deeply knowledgeable of the Linux community or trends so it would be preferable if someone who is could go through the list and use their judgment about whether some of these articles really belong on WP. Ham Pastrami (talk) 00:18, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Please see my comment in next section. StuRat (talk) 03:57, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

AfD list[edit]

Since StuRat has accused me of acting in bad faith, I'll make it easy for everyone to decide for themselves. Here's the full list of Linux distros that I have sent to AfD. Some "borderline" cases were not renominated, due to the objection of "mass deletion" (both Stu and DGG expressed that they were bothered by the quantity of articles; which to me is strange because I'm pretty sure that this is not a factor in whether an article should be deleted or not). As a concession I'm limiting the renoms to some of the worst offenders. I'll also reiterate here (as I did in the AfDs) that these are procedural noms -- notability is uncertain to me, I don't necessarily think they should be deleted. But as a matter of policy, if these articles don't have any reliable sources to back them up they probably don't belong here. Ham Pastrami (talk) 05:12, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

Web sources for Linux[edit]

This project's members may be interested in the discussion at Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard#Linux websites that I have started. The aim is to determine which sources may be usable for Linux-related articles. Feel free to add your own comments regarding the websites or suggest a website of your own. Ham Pastrami (talk) 02:41, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

Mass deletion of Linux articles[edit]

Note that Ham Pastrami seems to have an interest in the mass deletion of Linux-related articles and other computer-related articles. He first put a tag on dozens of articles saying they would be deleted in 5 days due to a lack of notability, even though many are clearly notable, such as the Novell Open Enterprise Server article. After I removed those tags he then started nominating each for the AfD process. I suggest you follow his actions through his contributions list to determine what he will try to delete next. StuRat (talk) 03:57, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

LOL. I nominated a number of Linux distros (what Stu refers to as "mass deletion of Linux-related articles and other computer-related articles") that were of questionable notability, as far as I could tell, per my comment in the immediately preceding section. (Really Stu, you can't even make a fair representation of the issue without injecting hyperbole?) I could be wrong about some of the nominations, and that's fine -- simply vote to keep them or provide a reliable source to verify them and I'll withdraw the nom. What StuRat has done is tried to shoot down every nomination based on his objection to the single Novell article. So yes, the natural course of action was to take it to AfD since Stu cannot disingenuously dismiss the nominations there. I will tell you what I plan to do next -- I'm going to wait for the AfDs to be settled, and in the meantime, I'll be busy replying to all the love letters that Stu is leaving me on my talk page. Ham Pastrami (talk) 04:43, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

State of affairs[edit]

The X Window System core protocol article is listed as a featured article on this page in the section "State of affairs", yet in reality it is no longer featured.--DustWolf (talk) 17:25, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia 0.7 articles have been selected for Linux[edit]

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"Canvassing" for input on Wikipedia:Deletion_review#NimbleX[edit]

Not a star distribution, but definitely notable I'd say. See the AN/I thread for some arguments as well. VasileGaburici (talk) 09:22, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Puppy Linux needs update re v4.00[edit]

Puppy Linux says "The latest release is 4.00, released on 2008-05-04." Section "History" discusses Puppy Linux 3, 2, and 1, but not 4. Can anyone update? Thanks. -- (talk) 03:28, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

GA Sweeps review of KDE[edit]

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GA Sweeps Review of GNOME[edit]

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Linux Mint[edit]

Hi guys, not sure if this is the right place to ask, since I'm not officially a member or anything, but I'm working on the Linux Mint page to try and update it and clean it up a bit. If anyone feels like lending a hand, feel free. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Old Marcus (talkcontribs) 23:45, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

I'll be helping out too. BTW you can join by adding the userbox to your user page. Wei2912 (talk) 09:43, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
I will also be trying to help. I LOOOVE Linux Mint! And I am rather new to Wikipedia and this is my first WikiProject--is there anything I do as a member aside from work on the to-do list? Thanks. AFisch99 (talk) 20:29, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Nova Linux / Nova (Linux)[edit]

Added a request to [Wikipedia:Requested articles/Applied arts and sciences/Computer science, computing, and Internet]:
Nova Linux / Nova (Linux) (Not sure preferred format). - Distro being developed by Cuba to assist independence from Microsoft and other U.S. companies.
- (talk) 13:00, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

FYI: List of Linux distributions has a redlink for this at Nova Operating System, which I'm not sure is the best article title.
A couple of articles cited in -- (Español)
-- (Español, Google cache)
-- Official page of the project -- (Español).
-- (talk) 15:55, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Edit war on Fedora page[edit]

There seems to be an edit war going on as to whether Fedora (operating system) should be classified as the Linux family or Unix-like family. I don't know which is correct. Can one of you guys go over and try to calm this down? Chris Neville-Smith (talk) 11:06, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

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Importance in Assessment[edit]

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Ubuntu discussion[edit]

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Popular pages[edit]

I have requested a list for this project on [1]. --Ysangkok (talk) 01:08, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Pageview stats[edit]

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AfD: makeself[edit]

Project members might be interested in Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Makeself. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 08:56, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

WRG45G connecting to a power saver[edit]

Can the WRT 54G be connected to a power saver without it altering any of the settings when it goes in stand-by mode. regards.

Glenn  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:07, 11 November 2009 (UTC) 

WikiProject Java and Portal[edit]

Hi guys! We just opened the Wikipedia:WikiProject Java for business and would appreciate if you could put a link to it in your 'Related projects' section. Thanks in advance!
--  Alain  R 3 4 5 
19:39, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Hi guys! We just opened the Java portal for business and would appreciate if you could put a link to it in the 'Related portals' section of your portal. Thanks in advance!
--  Alain  R 3 4 5 
19:39, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

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Windows fanboys[edit]

Hi! Im an anonymous IP user, AC, or whatever you want to call it. I visited the Wintel article and, amazingly enough, it said nothing about the name being used as a despective way to name the alliance between the two companies to improve each one's monopoly. /* Reverted for vandalism in < 5 minutes */ I added 7 links to prove it's usage and got reverted again. -- (talk) 22:23, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

BLPs of Unix people tagged as having no references[edit]

Lacking a Unix WikiProject, I'm posting all of them here (ain't too many, thankfully):

Regards, Pcap ping 03:58, 20 February 2010 (UTC)


I added[2] a new row: “System arrangement and features”. It may be a bad English name for it, but I am unable to invent something better for various low-level system specific topic interesting not for general public, but for geeks, programmers and sysadmins. There are a new article Linux console there, and also a Linux framebuffer. IMHO there should be also placed a link on Linux networking (IP over Linux), but I did not find an article on such general topic.

Also, I added the link module (linux), which is now a redirect. I think that we should distinguish the concept of loadable kernel module (also known as a modular kernel in some sources) and its implementation in the Linux kernel. So, I propose the article loadable kernel module to be splitted. Confusing one and another may also eventually lead to mess in the interwiki. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 10:07, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

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Hello. After having survived AfD, the David S. Miller article is being worked on. Some help would be appreciated. Thank you, Comte0 (talk) 15:11, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

Linux distributions template (navigation box, navbox)[edit]

The template {{Linux distributions}} has a talk page at Template talk:Linux distributions

In particular I'd like to point out to the newest discussion at Template talk:Linux distributions#April_2010_anonymous_revamp. We've recently had the navbox format changed to be not just a top-10 list as it was before, instead it's significantly expanded, but again we're having issues deciding on the threshold. Input is welcome. --Joy [shallot] (talk) 08:08, 26 April 2010 (UTC)


There is a content dispute on the GNU article -the problem is basically where and how to put the current usability status of GNU in the article lead. There is a long discussion between me and User:Yworo on the talk page about that and it seems we're unable to reach a compromise. Expert attention would help. Thanks.--Cyclopiatalk 00:36, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

New subcategory for Category:KDE[edit]

Hi, you might be interested in my suggestion for a new subcategory of KDE here. --Schuhpuppe (talk) 01:42, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Linux articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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Damn Vulnerable Linux is redlink. Anybody care to create stub?[edit]

Damn Vulnerable Linux: "a Linux system that was as vulnerable as possible ... a learning tool for security students."

Sounds interesting. Anybody care to create a stub on this?

-- (talk) 15:41, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip; I'll start it. –Paul M. Nguyen (chat|blame) 21:54, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

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GNOME peer review[edit]

I would like to advance our precious GNOME to FA. The first step is a peer review, which, after my copyedit and restructure, I think is now appropriate, so I have nominated it. Please take a look at the article and provide me your feedback. Thanks! –Paul M. Nguyen (chat|blame) 02:56, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Lightweight Linux distribution[edit]

I just de-PRODded the article/list Mini Linux and renamed it Lightweight Linux distribution because I think it just needs attention. It could use your help! --Pnm (talk) 03:47, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

Citation templates now support more identifiers[edit]

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Obviously not all citations needs all parameters, but this streamlines the most popular ones and gives both better metadata and better appearances when printed. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 03:03, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

Peter MacDonald (computer programmer)[edit]

I recently deleted this article as an uncontested prod but the subject of the article has asked me to restore it. However, since it's an unsourced BLP I moved it to the incubator instead. (link)

Once this article is sourced it can be moved back into article space. --Ron Ritzman (talk) 03:11, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

RFC on the inclusion of a table comparing SI units and Binary prefixes[edit]

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Notification of nomination for deletion of GNU/Linux naming controversy[edit]

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Who wrote 3.0[edit]

The article is now public on, and I think we can take advantage of this to improve our coverage of notable kernel hackers. I copied the last list of the article (the most consistent developers) here:

Jonathan Corbet is currently a redirect to, an article on him might be a good thing to document his V4L work.

Any other thoughts ? Regards, Comte0 (talk) 12:41, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

List of Linux kernel names and List of programmers already exist; List of Linux kernel programmers might be a good article to create. Regards, Comte0 (talk) 20:42, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

The Wikipedia article "Comparison of Windows and Linux" - bad things are being said about Linux. Please help![edit]

The Wikipedia article Comparison of Windows and Linux has been heavily modified to deliberately distort the truth about Windows security versus Linux security, claiming that Windows is more secure and has vulnerabilities fixed faster etc. There's also more biased statements, recently added, which are deliberately trying to make readers' believe that Windows is faster than Linux in certain areas e.g. networking, graphics performance etc. I've spent months and hours of my spare time improving that page, only to find that a few editors have destroyed all that work. Please help!

Cheers. TurboForce (talk) 12:32, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

I skimmed over the article and it doesn't seem overly lopsided, at least on the surface - but I don't know that much about the topic. I added a template calling for a Wikipedia:WikiProject Computer Security expert onto what appeared to be the most contentious section. | Je mir (talk) 22:07, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

article is largely useless[edit]

I'm wiki'ing LS because I don't know how to use it. How about putting some common DOS command equivalents? Like, how do I do "dir *.txt /s" with ls? "ls *.txt -R" doesn't work. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:44, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

I strongly suggest that you read the fine manpages (use the man command) for the commands you are trying to use. Wikipedia is not a manual or howto guide, so we will not be adding a lot of that to our articles. Also, your Linux distribution should have online forums available where you can find basic FAQs and ask questions. It'd probably be a good idea for you to look them up. For your particular question, you need to place the switch before the arguments: ls -R however, adding "*.txt" will not work as you expect, because the "*" glob works in the current directory and expands arguments prior to running the command. You really want something more like find . -name "*.txt" -print Elizium23 (talk) 20:07, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

Nominated for deletion: Comparison of Windows and Linux[edit]

This may of interest to some members here; I have proposed this article for deletion due to serious WP:SYNTH and WP:OR reasons. If you wish please comment on the deletion discussions. cheers. IRWolfie- (talk) 16:17, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Gnome proposal[edit]

I've proposed the creation of WikiProject Gnome. Please comment. — Dmitrij D. Czarkoff (talk) 13:06, 10 November 2011 (UTC)


File:Linus-pronounces-linux.ogg (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) has been proposed to be deleted. (talk) 09:13, 1 January 2012 (UTC)


Should this project not be a subproject of wikiproject software? IRWolfie- (talk) 12:06, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

List of Participants[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Linux#Participants is a bit of a mess. The list includes a user who only made two edits five years ago[3] and one who retired from Wikipedia and deleted his username.[4][5][6]. Some entries are dated, some are not. The list is neither alphabetical nor chronological - some names were added at the bottom, some at the top.

I propose the following cleanup:

  • Any user name that redirects to a new user name will be changed to the new user name.
  • Registered users who have not made an edit in five years will be deleted, with a note placed on their user talk page saying that the name will be re-inserted on request.
  • Usernames that have been deleted, retired, stuck out from the list or indefinitely banned from Wikipedia will be deleted after two years.
  • All dates will be removed from the list and the list will be alphabetized. An instruction will be added to insert your name alphabetically and sign with three tildes instead of four.
  • Alternative to above: Dates will be added to names that are currently without them and the list will be sorted chronologically. An instruction will be added to insert your name at the bottom of the list.

Suggestions for better ways to clean up the list are welcome. --Guy Macon (talk) 20:14, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikipoject:Linux Barnstar[edit]

I noticed that this Wikiproject doesn't have it's own barnstar yet, so I went ahead an designed one. Any suggestions are welcome. I'll add this to the iwkipoject barnstars page once I receive a few comments of approval. 16bitz 18:24, 6 April 2012 (UTC)


I love it! AFisch99 (talk) 20:30, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Cleanup and Redesign of wikiprojct: Linux[edit]

I have spent the last week or so organizing and redesigning this wikiproject. you can see my proposed redesign here in my sandbox. I encourage you to leave any suggestions you have for improvement in this section. If you'd like to contact me personally, please leave a message on my talk page. I will continue to modify my template based on suggestions I receive. I will update all of wikiproject:Linux with my reorganization once there seems to be a general consensus of approval among project members. 16bitz 21:39, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Ad snuck into SystemRescueCD page?[edit]

Hello all - love the project, keep it up!

FYI: Just looked over the SystemRescueCD page, and the last "External Link" looks to me like an ad was snuck into the page. It links to a rescue product from "Lazesoft" software, which doesn't seem to be related to the SystemRescueCD project. Am I right about this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:17, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

You're right, it doesn't really seem appropriate there so I went ahead and removed it. Thanks. - SudoGhost 14:46, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

Discussion at Talk:Ubuntu (operating system)#Ubuntu as "Adware"[edit]

I have started an RFC at Talk:Ubuntu (operating system)#Ubuntu as "Adware". Please join the discussion there. Elizium23 (talk) 05:08, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Request for comments: Establish standards for version history tables in software articles[edit]

I'd like to introduce the Template:Version template to Wikipedia with the goal to establish one standard for version history tables (or lists). It simplifies creation of release histories, standardizes release stages and makes the content more accessible. Please comment on the template talk page (there already is some discussion). Thanks for your contribution. Jesus Presley (talk) 07:09, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

elementary OS[edit]

Hi everyone, I'm a former Wikipedian who came back to create an article about elementary OS. As you can see, there were previous attempts at this, all of which resulted in deletion. I've created what I believe to be a notable, neutral, verifiable base article at User:Kennethsime/sandbox, and copied it to Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/elementary OS. Unfortunately, I believe that an administrator must actually create the page at elementary OS, as I seem to be unable to myself. If anyone can offer help, please let me know. Kennethsime (talk) 06:07, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

I am not sure if the current beta version justifies notabiliy. An interesting project nonetheless - however, has it received substantially more media coverage? Check the reasons for deletion, and decide yourself if you want to re-open discussion for this article. I recommend writing the article in your userspace as a starting point for discussion. Moving it to the article namespace is done within seconds. Sorry, realized you already did that. Jesus Presley (talk) 11:36, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
I actually think there has been quite a bit of media coverage. Webupd8, OMG Ubuntu, and Tech Drive-In are all listed in sources in my "beta" article, and it's not hard to find others. How would I go about pursuing this? Kennethsime (talk) 04:42, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
"The page title you have tried to create has been protected from creation. The reason given is: AfD - see also Elementary (software project). [...] If you feel this page should be created, please raise the matter at deletion review, being careful to quote the exact page name or address and the reasons you feel the page should now be created. Pages are usually only blocked from creation after significant discussion or disruption, so good reasons for seeking review are usually required. You will also need to show that the previous concerns are no longer a problem.". Also, give the users that deleted the article a note on their talk page, that's always good to get things rolling. I will weigh in with my support. Jesus Presley (talk) 04:54, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
I hadn't found that, I did create an article for creation page although that process is apparently backlogged. The last admin to delete the page advised something along the lines of "if it makes it through AfC then the recreate will not be controversial." I will pursue the matter on deletion review as well. Thanks! Kennethsime (talk) 08:18, 9 December 2012 (UTC)
Any news here? I found out that there is an article on german and on french WP. Jesus Presley (talk) 18:05, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
PS: Partial Support. Last deletion was March 2009. Distro is available now and under active development, with some more secondary sources. I think it's worth at least a stub. Jesus Presley (talk) 11:47, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Seeking community feedback regarding the Chakra_(operating_system) article...[edit]


As Chakra_(operating_system) is noted on its talk page as being within the scope of WikiProject Linux, I would like to offer folks an opportunity to voice their opinions on an ongoing thread atTalk:Chakra_(operating_system)#Regarding_notability_tag....

Thanks in advance for your time and attention,

--Kevjonesin (talk) 00:14, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Announcement -- WikiProject Open![edit]

Hi WikiProject Linux people,

I'd like to invite you to check out what we are doing with WikiProject Open. Current participants come primarily from a background in open educational resources and open access publishing, but we do share an interest in free and open source software, have many Linux users etc. We would like this WikiProject to complement and support existing efforts to collaborate around these kinds of content on Wikipedia, and would welcome any input from WikiProject Linux or others in the open space. (If any of you know of active WikiProjects that would be relevant, please let us know on our project talk page.)

If any of you would like to join an planning webinar, we have two scheduled for this week; see our WikiProject Open planning page for details. -Pete (talk) 01:19, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Linux From Scratch[edit]

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Linux From Scratch could use some help. --Guy Macon (talk) 20:47, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Discussion about reliable sources for LInux[edit]

If you are an experience Wikipedian and known the policy about reliable sources, please join the discussion:Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard#http://desktoplinuxreviews.com_and_ -- Jorge (talk) 02:12, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

OS family in Linux distros[edit]

There is an open dispute about OS family in Linux distros (OS family infobox field) on Template_talk:Infobox_OS#OS_family_in_Linux_distros. It may require RfC. --Rezonansowy (talkcontribs) 21:10, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Invitation to help craft a proposal[edit]

Surveillance awareness day is a proposal for the English Wikipedia to take special steps to promote awareness of global surveillance on February 11, 2014. That date is chosen to coincide with similar actions being taken by organizations such as Mozilla, Reddit, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Feedback from members of this Wikiproject would be greatly appreciated. Please come join us as we brainstorm, polish, and present this proposal to the Wikipedia Community. --HectorMoffet (talk) 12:18, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Popular pages tool update[edit]

As of January, the popular pages tool has moved from the Toolserver to Wikimedia Tool Labs. The code has changed significantly from the Toolserver version, but users should notice few differences. Please take a moment to look over your project's list for any anomalies, such as pages that you expect to see that are missing or pages that seem to have more views than expected. Note that unlike other tools, this tool aggregates all views from redirects, which means it will typically have higher numbers. (For January 2014 specifically, 35 hours of data is missing from the WMF data, which was approximated from other dates. For most articles, this should yield a more accurate number. However, a few articles, like ones featured on the Main Page, may be off).

Web tools, to replace the ones at tools:~alexz/pop, will become available over the next few weeks at toollabs:popularpages. All of the historical data (back to July 2009 for some projects) has been copied over. The tool to view historical data is currently partially available (assessment data and a few projects may not be available at the moment). The tool to add new projects to the bot's list is also available now (editing the configuration of current projects coming soon). Unlike the previous tool, all changes will be effective immediately. OAuth is used to authenticate users, allowing only regular users to make changes to prevent abuse. A visible history of configuration additions and changes is coming soon. Once tools become fully available, their toolserver versions will redirect to Labs.

If you have any questions, want to report any bugs, or there are any features you would like to see that aren't currently available on the Toolserver tools, see the updated FAQ or contact me on my talk page. Mr.Z-bot (talk) (for Mr.Z-man) 05:14, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject progress[edit]

One interesting QA tool in Wikipedia:WikiProject Video games is their progress meters. This could be turned into a template and be useful for all WikiProjects.

Here it is the progress for WikiProject Linux:

1% of articles and lists FA-Class or FL-Class: 15.4% complete
5% of articles and lists GA-Class or better: 9.2% complete
10% of articles B-Class or better: 47.8% complete
20% of articles C-Class or better: 83.2% complete
75% of articles Start-Class or better: 81.2% complete
(395/486.75) (talk) 13:11, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Standard date format for references in all Linux articles[edit]

I propose to use the date format used by

namely the ISO 8601 date format, in references for all articles that belong more than to any other WikiProject to the WikiProject Linux or one of its sub-projects.

A common standard will make editing, reading and in- and outgoing sharing for all Linux-related articles easier.

This proposal does not cover the article texts itself. They can stay the way they are. But currently one can see inconsistencies in reference sections, e.g. the article Linux uses at least three [sic!] date formats in the reference section. (talk) 00:34, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

This edit harmonized three formats into one, saving 857 characters in the reference section. (talk) 01:40, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Oppose. Per WP:MOSDATE, I believe there is a preference for dates to be spelled out as Month dd, yyyy. Further, in the diff you've given (which I have reverted), most of the dates were already in that apparently preferred format and the few that were not should be changed to that preferred format, not all of them into purely numeric format. Msnicki (talk) 05:58, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Per WP:MOSDATE. Also, Wikipedia doesn't follow what other sites do. There are too many different sites with their own way. Bgwhite (talk)
  • Comment. The long debate started at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Software. This should be considered forum shopping. Bgwhite (talk) 07:07, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Note: To receive additional notifications about WikiProject X on this talk page, please add this page to Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Newsletter. Otherwise, this will be the last notification sent about WikiProject X.

Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Unusual typography at SCHED DEADLINE[edit]

I cam upon the article SCHED DEADLINE by chance and was immediately was struck by the unconventional typography. Firstly the title is in all caps and secondly every occurrence of the term and similar other terms are "encapsulated" in a grey box produced by using "<code></code>" markup. I'm not at all familiar with the topic of software so I'm not sure if this deviation from the usual WP typography conventions is normal for articles about software. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 14:56, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

If one looks at the Linux kernel literature, the common, agreed upon name for this scheduler is SCHED_DEADLINE, all caps with an underscore, so the above is a misspelling. Hence I think, with the underscore, this is the correct title. You're correct that the name is not programming code, so shouldn't be encased in code tags--this was probably just a well-intentioned highlighting of the term that isn't quite appropriate. While unusual, this sort of naming isn't unique in the programming world, e.g., HAKMEM, SLUB (software). --Mark viking (talk) 17:49, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Slackware and Distrowatch[edit]

There is a discussion that may be of interest at Talk:Slackware#Distrowatch? Why is this even a thing? concerning how to best show the popularity of various distributions. --Guy Macon (talk) 21:42, 19 March 2015 (UTC)


what are uprobes? why is there no section on them? --Ysangkok (talk) 13:16, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Notification of nomination for deletion of AUCS Linux[edit]

This is to inform the members of this Wikiproject, within the scope of which this article falls, that this article has been nominated for deletion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/AUCS Linux. - Ahunt (talk) 20:07, 8 April 2015 (UTC)