[linux-elitists] Linux Journal, April 1994 - November 2017
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:
> Linux Journal Ceases Publication
> Dec 01, 2017 By Carlie Fairchild
> 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:
> I'm not clear if there i$ a place to $end gesture$ of appreciation.
I see - sad but not surprising.
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