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Who’s the Top FOSS Blogger? We’re Almost There…

This really is a horse race now, with ten great blogs at the starting gate to determine who gets the bragging rights to claim the FOSS Force Best Personal FOSS or Linux Blog–2013 prize. Unfortunately, more than a few really great blogs that were in the running in the second round of our competition are, sadly, now gone. Oh well, that’s the way it goes. Sometimes really good horses fail to win, place or show.

Going into round two, Martin’s Blog was the blog to beat. In the first round, our qualifying round, the blog maintained by Martin Gräßlin, maintainer of KWin for KDE garnered 157 votes, a good distance ahead of second place Larry Cafiero’s Larry the Free Software Guy which came-in with 116 votes.

In round two, Martin’s Blog still made a respectable second place showing, but with only 46 votes. Larry the Free Software Guy also dropped a notch, tying for third and fourth place with Web UPD8 with 22 votes. Mr Cafiero had two blogs in the running in round two, and his Larry the CrunchBang Guy survived the final cut, tied for sixth and seventh place with Linux Notes from Dark Duck, with each receiving 17 votes.

This weeks blog to beat is the very excellent Alien Pastures published by Eric Hameleers, or AlienBOB as he’s known in Slackware circles. At the end of round two, his blog seems untouchable, with 116 votes. However, as a great sportsman once said, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

Actually, anything could happen in round three. Round two voiting was much lighter than in our qualifying round, partly because the first round poll was open for two weeks compared with a week for round two. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see voting go up considerably in our third and final round–and none of our ten finalists are out of the running, especially given the low numbers in round two.

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When the figures are examined, it’s easy to see that there’s really not that much difference in numbers between fifth place Dedoimedo with 20 votes and tenth place The Blog of Helios with nine votes. This is especially true because all the blogs on this list are not only great, they’re also all very popular within the FOSS community.

At this point, we wouldn’t hazard a guess at who’s going to take the top spot. Certainly, the handicappers might want to vote with those blogs that performed well in the first two rounds. Others may look at blogs such as Benjamin Kerensa, Everyday Linux User and others that weren’t even listed in round one, made round two only through write-in votes, and have now made the cut for our third and final round.

Voting has already begun and will continue until noon EDT on Monday, August 26, 2013. Unlike the first two rounds, where each voter was allowed to vote for two blogs, in round three voters will be limited to voting for one blog only. As with our second round, we will not display any voting results until after voting has finished, as we don’t want the vote tally to influence the outcome of this poll.


  1. […] Actually, you Slackers pushed my blog all the way to top position in the second round. There is a third and final round which started today with a remaining 10 blog sites – can I ask you to please vote for me again? Much […]

  2. Todor Takov Todor Takov August 19, 2013

    This is the blog I follow regularly. I also find it to be most usefull. Regards to Eric!

  3. Niki Kovacs Niki Kovacs August 20, 2013

    Alien Pastures is just miles above the usual blogging crowd. Eric has been a Slackware developer for a few years, and his blog contains literally tons of add-ons for this fine distributions: whether you’re looking for the latest KDE, VLC or LibreOffice, you’ll never be disappointed. Eric really knows what he’s doing, so the stuff you get usually JustWorks(tm). Plus, you’ll find some nice cooking receipts :o)

  4. Zdenko Dolar Zdenko Dolar August 20, 2013

    The most trusted blogger, developer of one of the oldest Linux distributions – that is Eric.
    Although fully occupied with his work, he is always willing to answer to emails. That is fascinating!
    Regarding his contribution to Linux – when hi has time to sleep or even spend time with his fammily? The day is only 24 hours long?

    Best regards to Eric.

  5. tim tim August 20, 2013

    always a good read from a great contributer of open source software being made available on my favourite distribution.

  6. LOE LOE August 20, 2013

    Alien the best! 🙂

  7. sudesh sudesh August 20, 2013

    voting for

  8. fabio fabio August 20, 2013

    eric and his slackstuff always saving the day.
    best regards to alien.

  9. Kiwi Boy Kiwi Boy August 20, 2013

    I’m a big fan of Dedoimedo so he gets my vote. And thanks to all the bloggers. You Rock!

  10. Andrew Andrew August 21, 2013

    Gave it to Webupd8. Andrew does a great job over there, I have a lot of respect for him and consider his site to be an awesome resource for FOSS news.

  11. Abdelkader Abdelkader August 21, 2013

    You never get bored at Dedoimedo. Of course with due respect to all the others.

  12. […] FOSS Blog poll runs through Monday. So, if you have a minute or two to spare and are so inclined, vote here. While it’s a blessing and a curse, I’m on the ballot twice, for this blog and for […]

  13. amulya amulya August 22, 2013

    Dedoimedo : practical topical and funnily serious

  14. Robert Robert August 23, 2013

    I’m an accidental Linux user after putting Linux Lite on a USB just to do a test for possible satellite failure. That was a couple of months back. I was so impressed by the peculiar system on the USB, I have used nothing else since. (And I still wouldn’t type sudo apt get etc to save my life.)

    Part of my conversion: the many excellent Linux forums and blogs. I really like Dedoimedo. He’s a funny fellow, though he probably needs to get with Linux Lite 1.0.6..

  15. […] Blogger with all of your support or perhaps Larry the CrunchBang Guy will win? Anyway, go ahead and go right here and get your vote in today! Share:More Pin ItPocketEmailPrintShare on Tumblr Tagged with: […]

  16. […] and FOSS Blog poll ends tomorrow. So, if you haven’t done so already and are so inclined, vote here. It’s an honor to be in such great company on this ballot, and I hope when comparing blogs […]

  17. Mack Mack September 3, 2013

    somehow we miss this voting or me plus my friends vote for one of best linux blog site

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