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Best FOSS or Linux Blog of 2013

The folks at FOSS Force ran a poll during the past four weeks in order to decide who gets to be called the “Best FOSS or Linux Blog of 2013“. I casually mentioned (at the end of one of my own blog posts) that my “Alien Pastures” blog had been added to the list of contenders after the first round, and was rewarded with lots of people voting for Alien Pastures 🙂

FOSS Force Best FOSS or Linux Blog 2013Actually, so many of you voted during the second and third round (obviously stimulated by a LQ post) that I ended on top! The Alien Pastures have been honoured with the winner’s badge.

Thank you all for your appreciation and confidence, and hats off to the other blogs which participated in the poll. They are worth checking out – all of them are written by Free and Open Source Software advocates with a mission – to educate and enthuse you!

I personally gave my vote to Martin Graesslin’s Blog, I think his are the deepest thoughts.

And thank you FOSS Force for giving my blog a new platform and the potential to interest a wider audience for my writings, and for Slackware of course.


Cheers, Eric

I would like to dedicate this accomplishment to my dearest cat Sox, who slept on my lap almost every night (with hew paws firmly clutching one of my arms) and therefore has been first witness to most of the blog posts I have written here. She passed away 3 weeks ago at the age of 17.


Comment from Buumi
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 21:26

Congratulations and thanks for the great blog.

Comment from p431i7o
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 21:48

congratulations Eric, you deserve this and more.

Have fun.

Comment from gegechris99
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 22:13

Congratulations Eric for this award.

Comment from Alex
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 23:02

Congratulations! Well deserved, for your blog alone, but even more so for your huge efforts helping and supporting us less talented users with advice, documentation, how-tos, scripts and packages, that we always fail to build ourselves.

Comment from gauchao
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 23:50

Congratulations, Eric. I read your blog everyday. A well deserved award.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 00:22

Congrats Eric!

Comment from khalid
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 00:50

congratulation Eric, you deserve this , for your great works , for us non programmer users

Comment from zbreaker
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 02:25

Congrats Eric. Your blog is indeed golden for al of us Slackers. I greatly appreciate your devotion to things “tech”.

Comment from Benjamin Kerensa
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 03:23

Congrats Eric! May the tux be with you!

Comment from trxDraxon
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 04:09

Congrats Eric! I have always loved how involved the whole Slackware team is with the community.

Comment from LOE
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 06:39

Best wishes from Russia!

Comment from jaycee
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 06:56

Congratulations Eric! It’s certainly the most deserved possible outcome. The dedication of your accomplishment to Sox is beautiful and appropriate. 🙂
I know I often say this, but thanks for all the efforts you make for us fellow Slackers! I hope this achievement shows you our appreciation in at least a small way. Congratulations again Eric! 🙂

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 08:21

Congratulations from a fellow Slackware user!

Comment from Brian Lawrence
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 09:15

Congratulations, Eric.

Comment from Desiderius
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 09:17

Congratulations Eric !

A well deserved award for you and all the Slackware community.

Long life to Alien Pastures and Slackware

Comment from Thiago Silvino
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 12:27

Congratulations Eric! You deserve it!

Comment from Oscar Noah Rosas
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 16:06

Congratulations Eric! you really rock!! and your work on Slackware community is invaluable. You’re part of those who inspire me of being a Slacker!! Thank You 🙂

Sox is proud of you too, I know it.

Comment from Brok
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 21:58

Congratulations and Thank You Eric!

Comment from Gabriel Yong
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 02:54

Congrats Eric. You deserved it!

Comment from zbreaker
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 15:19

Congratulations on your outstanding blog and keep up the great content Eric!

Comment from Richard Herbert
Posted: August 30, 2013 at 01:02

Congratulations and thank you, Eric, for your great blog and tireless work for the Slackware community. Also, condolences on the passing of your beloved Sox.

Comment from V. T. Eric Layton (Nocturnal Slacker)
Posted: August 31, 2013 at 01:13


Congratulations on your FOSS Force award!

Sadly, that joy must have been tempered by the loss of your dear Sox. I love my cats, so I know how devastated you must be. Time will heal the wound, but never dim the memory of your Sox. She is merrily chasing butterflies on the sunny, flowery hillside, my friend. All is well.


~Eric (Nocturnal Slacker)

Comment from purnomo
Posted: September 13, 2013 at 14:57

Congratulation Eric!

Comment from Ryan P.C. McQuen
Posted: September 14, 2013 at 23:33

Congratulations Eric! You completely deserve it. Thank you for all you do for the Linux and Slackware community!

Sorry to hear about Sox. Losing a friend is never easy. 🙁

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