It’s FOSS is 5 years old today. And I have plenty of announcements to mark this day :) But before that, let’s have a look at what It’s FOSS has achieved in last 5 years.
5 years of It’s FOSS in numbers
This was the first article that was published on It’s FOSS 5 years back. Since then over 900 articles have been published out of which 832 articles written by me. The awesome It’s FOSS team has contributed to the rest of the articles. Some other stats you might find interesting are:
- 990 articles published till date
- itsfoss.com has been visited over 22 million times in last 5 years. Almost half of the traffic came in the last 1 year itself.
- There are over 13,000 comments by you readers (thank you for that)
- $1000 donated to various open source projects and charities
- Over 45,000 email subscribers
- Over 100,000 Facebook fans
- Over 1,500 YouTube subscribers with over 98,000 views
- Over 4,400 Instagram followers
- Over 3,700 Google Plus followers
- Over 400 followers on our recently created Twitter account
- Over 80,000 members in our Facebook group
- Won the best Software blog by IndiBlogger
- Listed among the top 5 best software blogs by BlogAdda
- Listed among top Linux and top Ubuntu blogs by FeedSpot
A big thank you to all of you. Without you, we wouldn’t have reached here.
The road ahead for It’s FOSS
We’ll continue working to provide you the useful Linux tutorials, tips and share the latest news that matter to you as a FOSS and Linux lover. But apart from that, you’ll see a few changes and a few new projects from It’s FOSS.
Let me divulge some details.
New website: Why Use Linux
If you are a subscriber to It’s FOSS Newsletter, you might already know this. I created a new website Why Use Linux to promote Linux usage. This website simply lists the reasons why one should use Linux, commonly used applications available for Linux and the best Linux distribution choices available for a beginner.
Please visit the website and if you like it, share it in your circle. If you have suggestions, feel free to tell me.
It’s FOSS debuts on Patreon
To provide you the best experience, It’s FOSS runs on Synthesis hosting which is expensive but worth it. Apart from that, it uses other premium services and plugins.
It all comes at a cost but we manage to cover it through It’s FOSS Shop (part of the profit is donated) and the advertisements on the website.
But as we try to work on new projects and expand our team to make It’s FOSS the best Linux and Open Source web portal, the expenses will rise. Since I am not a big fan of ads, I am exploring the new revenue option from Patreon
Patreon is a platform that lets you support your favorite artist, writer, artist financially. You can set up a recurring monthly amount and support your favorite projects. It’s FOSS has just landed on Patreon.
If you think It’s FOSS has helped you in the past and you want it to build more projects for Linux and Open Source, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
It’s FOSS job portal for Linux and Open Source projects [beta]
On the 5th anniversary, I am also unveiling a new project in progress. We now have a job portal, in beta for now.
If you have an open source project and you are looking for volunteers (coding, marketing, translation etc) to contribute, you can post an entry for free.
If you are an enterprise and have open positions for Linux and other open source technologies, you can post the job offer (free in beta).
Alternatively, you can find Linux related jobs and open source projects looking for volunteers.
Bash Challenge eBook
Remember our Bash Challenge series by Sylvain? We have compiled 17 such bash challenges in an eBook of over 60 pages. It consists of several unpublished Bash puzzles.
The book will be available soon to buy from Amazon and It’s FOSS website. At present, we are exploring options to make it available DRM-free.
The revenue thus generated will help us grow and in turn, will help millions of other readers through It’s FOSS articles.
This is our first attempt at creating eBooks. We plan to launch more interesting books in related fields in coming months. Stay tuned for that :)
Raspberry Pi 3 Giveaway
In the end, I would like to thank you all for being awesome and supporting It’s FOSS till now. And I hope to have your support in future as well.
As a token of thanks, here’s a Raspberry Pi 3 that will be awarded to one lucky winner.