Ainer.org was founded primarily to host various counter-technology related guides (with the main focus being on easy to use, free and open source, software). Unless otherwise indicated, the guides (major and minor) and any other content are written with the intention of being easily accessible by casual and novice users alike (without being a bore to more advanced readers!). Major Guides, the bulk of the content at Ainer.org, are also maintained regularly!
These regularly updated, and easy to follow guides are the main area in which Ainer.org hopes to carve out a niche for itself while giving back to the free and open source community!
Since its founding, Ainer.org has continued to develop its guides, while also exploring additional areas such as related, and in-depth, News articles and has brought on additional staff.
Revenue & Supported Projects
At least ten-percent of all revenue generated at Ainer.org will be going directly back to the projects, communities, and services featured at Ainer.org. These donations, sponsorships, and purchases are made in recognition that without these organizations, and the greater free and open source community, Ainer.org would never have existed!
Just as Ainer.org supports projects we use and recommend so are we in turn graciously supported by various readers via donations. The list of current Ainer.org donors can be found here. Those who donated previous to the creation of this page are currently listed as “Anonymous,” if this is you and you would like your name, site, project, or charity of your choice listed please contact us and we’ll update the list accordingly!
The founder of Ainer.org, daemox believes firmly in both the pragmatic nature of the open source software movement and in the philosophy and the guiding hand of the free (as in speech) software movement.
daemox wrote Ainer.org’s first guide out of a personal need to remember how to properly install, setup, and configure SABnzbd+. From there, an apparent knack for writing easy to follow guides, coupled with a proficiency for technology, and a compulsion to find the best tool for the job, has developed into the growing site that you see before you.
daemox has few relevant credentials (though admittedly a fair amount of experience), and considers himself to be more of a computer hobbyist and an aspiring writer than anything else!
daemox’s previous call to arms can be found here.
Ainer.org’s second ever staff member approaches Ubuntu, GNU/Linux, and FOSS from a more mainstream (albeit technically proficient) user’s perspective. She is however, far more experienced and educated in the natural sciences realm.
sedux will be bringing this additional perspective to bear by writing news articles that interrelate with Open Source, Free Software, and Open Science. Additionally, sedux has become Ainer.org’s webmaster and was the driving force behind Ainer.org’s major theme overhaul. Behind the scenes she also has several other lesser (but not less important) roles here at Ainer.org.
Tower is Ainer.org’s up and coming contributor. Initially he will likely be focusing on security topics, and has several other ideas for later down the road. Like sedux,Tower should help to round out the topics covered at Ainer.org while still staying true to our prime focus (counter-technology).
Ainer.org’s first guide was originally written and hosted at Linux Mint’s forums (December 13, 2009) and after receiving a surprising amount of views (on the order of five to six-hundred in the first few months) the guide was migrated to the newly formed Ainer.org site (March 8, 2010) and reformatted to fit the more robust capabilities of a full website.
From there Ainer.org created new guides while continuing to maintain the existing ones. Some guides have been retired as better solutions have become available. In early 2011 Ainer.org further expanded with select and relevant news articles (January 13, 2011).
In June, 2011, Ainer.org was fortunate enough to bring on a second contributor (sedux). sedux has helped to effectively re-launch the site giving it a much more polished and professional look.
Moving forward, Ainer.org continues to work on developing sustainable and non-invasive revenue streams while continuing to develop content, learning from past experiences, and looking towards the future.
Quote of the Quarter
Some of you may have noticed the random quotes that we have on Ainer.org (bottom left on the Home screen). These are a hold over from a previous blog that daemox had played around with. Many of these quotes are relevant to the focus of Ainer.org and, if nothing else, add a personal touch to the site.
These have all been collected first hand from books and other tidbits daemox has read through in the past. The quote below will also be found in daemox’s forum signature on any sites on which it’ll fit!
You need to pick what you think is worth worrying about.— , Penn & Teller: Bullshit!