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#1 NickAu

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:23 PM

 

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It looks like we’re at the end, folks. If all goes according to a plan we’d rather not have, the November issue of Linux Journal was our last.

 

The simple fact is that we’ve run out of money, and options along with it. We never had a wealthy corporate parent or deep pockets of our own, and that made us an anomaly among publishers, from start to finish. While we got to be good at flying close to the ground for a long time, we lost what little elevation we had in November, when the scale finally tipped irrevocably to the negative.

 

While we see a future like publishing’s past—a time when advertisers sponsor a publication because they value its brand and readers—the advertising world we have today would rather chase eyeballs, preferably by planting tracking beacons in readers' browsers and zapping them with ads anywhere those readers show up. But that future isn’t here, and the past is long gone.

 

There is some hope, we suppose, that a savior might come through; but it will have to be one willing to pick up some of our debt, in addition to our brand, our archive, our domains and our subscribers and readers. If you know anyone who can make a serious offer, let us know. Otherwise, watch LinuxJournal.com and hope that at least our legacy archives (which go back to Linux Journal’s birth in April 1994, when Linux hit 1.0) won’t go away. There’s a lot of great stuff here, and a lot of history we’d hate the world to lose.

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/linux-journal-ceases-publication

 

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 05:13 PM

 

the advertising world we have today would rather chase eyeballs, preferably by planting tracking beacons in readers' browsers and zapping them with ads anywhere those readers show up

 

Sad but all too true.

 

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 05:18 PM

Yes, it's sad.

 

Current and back issues available here.

 

http://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/index.php/resources/online-resources/317-linux



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for the link John.



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 08:23 AM

Your Welcome Nick. Hope the page stays up for anybody interested.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:55 PM

They were definitely a big help to me also!  Will be missed


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 10:09 PM

Linux Journal 2! 

 
Jan 01, 2018  By Carlie Fairchild
 
Talk about a Happy New Year. The reason: it turns out we're not dead. In fact, we're more alive than ever, thanks to a rescue by readers—specifically, by the hackers who run Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN, a London Trust Media company. PIA are avid supporters of freenode and the larger FOSS community. They’re also all about Linux and the rest of the modern portfolio of allied concerns: privacy, crypto, freedom, personal agency, rewriting the rules of business and government around all of those, and having fun with constructive hacking of all kinds. We couldn’t have asked for a better rescue ship to come along for us.

 

In addition, they aren't merely rescuing this ship we were ready to scuttle; they're making it seaworthy again and are committed to making it bigger and better than we were ever in a position to think about during our entirely self-funded past.

 

This is exactly what we had hoped for in recent years, but hardly expected. Really and truly, I waited to put up our farewell post until all hope was lost. But hey, it turns out you don't have to believe in miracles to experience one, because that's exactly what happened here.

 

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/happy-new-year-linux-journal-alive


Edited by JohnC_21, 27 January 2018 - 10:11 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 10:18 PM

Linux Journal 2! 

 

 

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 09:16 AM

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:41 PM

Perhaps of interest and use to some.

 

https://archive.org/search.php?query=Linux%20Journal


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:18 AM

Good to hear the publication survived! :)

 

Yet as one of the commentators stated:

 

 

 

I was a subscriber but, my God, your format and content got so dry and dreary. I found I was spending about 5 minutes per issue. I'm glad to see you've survived and would consider subscribing again once I see where you're headed.

 

And the comment to that:

 

 

 

Addressing the “dry and dreary” problem: I agree. But mostly because I’d start reading an article without realizing I wasn’t the intended reader for that particular article until I’d already read a quarter..

 

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/happy-new-year-linux-journal-alive

 

This is the showing of an organization in need of a shake up or wake up call. Maybe a bit of house cleaning. Editors has to make their content attractive, interesting, sometimes entertaining & it's subscribers must know when reading an article within a publication that it's geared towards them from the go. Otherwise will sink again, it's hard to continue a fight once knocked down w/out making huge changes. When in a fight to stay alive, there can be no loyalty towards those who refuses to change, or afraid of it. The same applies to any business in the free World. 

 

Back in 2008-09 when there were bad need for Linux articles, there were few (if any) to be found locally, were targeted towards the wrong clientele or in the wrong outlets (local magazine carriers). I know, looked in the local library and bookstores for any Linux books/publications and there were none. Now these are all over the Internet for free, mainly articles that provides 'how-to's' on much everything. Including content of many dedicated Linux forums & communities, this one also, thousands of tips for Linux users. :)

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/406036/cheesemakers-linux-corner/

 

Luckily, Linux Journal survived this round, yet if they don't change their ways and/or or targeted audience, will be in the same position as in late 2017. Have to change with the times, and must target towards the ones who can benefit the most from the publication. :)

 

As a whole, the newspaper/magazine industry has been crumbling for over a decade, many (former) popular publications has already fallen, w/out anyone to give a helping hand. Kudos to Private Internet Access for their bailout of Linux Journal. Yet to stay alive, changes has to be made to stay afloat in a very competitive market that's also competing with no cost content via the Internet. 

 

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