[linux-elitists] Linux Journal, April 1994 - November 2017

Shlomi Fish shlomif at shlomifish.org
Sat Dec 2 08:53:45 PST 2017


On Fri, 1 Dec 2017 18:21:31 -0800
Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/linux-journal-ceases-publication
> 
>   Linux Journal Ceases Publication
>   Dec 01, 2017 By Carlie Fairchild
> 
>   EOF
> 
>   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.
>   [...]
> 
> Columnist Kyle Rankin also has a valedictory column, here:
> http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/so-long-and-thanks-all-bash
> 
> I'm not clear if there i$ a place to $end gesture$ of appreciation.
> 

I see - sad but not surprising.

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