This page answers questions you might have about Pippim. The 5 W’s are addressed; “Who”, “What”, “Where”, “When” and “Why” of Pippim. Here you will discover:
- Who is Pippim?
- What is Pippim?
- Where is Pippim?
- When was Pippim created? (The easiest question to answer!)
- Why was Pippim created?
- How was Pippim created? OK that doesn’t begin with a “W”. Plus that makes number 6 not 5.
Who is Pippim?
Pippim is a one-man-show that has been answering questions since 2016 on AskUbuntu.com under the awkward name of “WinEunuuchs2Unix”. When you look at WinEnuuchs2Unix’s profile 🔗 in Ask Ubuntu you will see the image on the right.
At the time the “WinEunuuchs2Unix” name was created, the intention was to signal abandoning MicroSoft Windows for the open-source world of Linux (Unix). That said, Windows is undeniably the go-to platform for Governments, Corporations and most individuals in the world. No doubt most people who actually make money in the Linux World still use Windows from time to time.
What is Pippim?
Pippim is a website providing free and open source computer software primarily for use on Linux. The focus is mostly on Ubuntu but, nowadays some of the solutions work on Windows Subsystem for Linux 🔗 as well.
Pippim has no business model for making money today. You will find no user tracking, no ads and no spamming. Maybe someday Pippim will make money but in the meantime it is simply a labour of love.
Where is Pippim located?
Figuratively speaking, Pippim is located in “the clouds” on Google Sites 🔗 (https://pippim.com) and GitHub 🔗 (https://github.com/pippim/pippim.github.io) where all the source code is kept. The website you are viewing now is found on GitHub Pages 🔗 (https://pippim.github.io). All three websites are hosted for free by the providers. Other than the cost of time to learn web design, I can’t believe how cheap the process has been!
As you may have deduced by the little yellow dot in this image though, Pippim is physically located in Edmonton, Canada. For a better view, right click on the picture, select “Open in new tab” and then zoom in with your browser. This morning, after long bouts of cold weather, it is surprisingly warm.
When was Pippim created?
That’s an easy question; The Domain Name and website was created October 16, 2021. Initially www.pippim.com was quickly created on Google Sites. Then the main Pippim Website (don’t click the link because you are already here!) was created much slower on GitHhub Pages. Many revisions were made – 1,020 commits (revisions) and still counting as of December 5, 2021.
Why was Pippim created?
Pippim was created to make it easier to list the free software created on the websites Ask Ubuntu 🔗 and GitHub 🔗. Pippim Posts which are 95% Answers and 5% Questions, have over 58 million views as of September 15, 2022. With over 2,000 answers, managing them on a Pippim website just makes sense.
It’s common practice to create websites to make money. That isn’t why Pippim was created though. Of course we all need money and maybe someday Pippim will earn revenue, open an office in Silicon Valley and hire some employees. But in the meantime, Pippim is strictly a labour of love (yes that was already said earlier). It would not be unfair to classify Pippim as “Software Development as a Hobby”.
How was Pippim created?
Yes this is the 6th section which contradicts the “5 W’s”. Additionally, “How” doesn’t begin with a “W” which also seems to contradict the “5 W’s” but, as the saying goes:
Who, What, Where, When, Why and sometimes How
So how as Pippin created? Well the first step was to find a domain name (website name) that:
- Was easy to remember
- Was six characters or less
- Was two syllables or less
- Could be typed with the right hand only
- Did not contain special characters like “-“ or digits like “9”, “0”, etc.
- Ended with the extension “.com” instead of “.net” or “.org”, etc.
- Wasn’t a name already reserved and being sold for thousands of dollars
- Could be purchased from Google Domains which offers good security, performance and reliability
After finding out that the “pippim.com” was available, more weeks of contemplation went by before “pulling the trigger” and buying the name for $17 CAD per year.
Then the www.pippim.com website 🔗 was created using Google Sites for free.
Next the pippim.github.io website (Don’t bother clicking the link as you are here now!) was created using GitHub Pages for free. More details about how the website was created can be found on in the middle of the Home Page.
Hopefully you enjoy the freedom! :)
Image credit: Jekyll Octocat Mascot GitHub 🔗