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Linux Journal Ceases Publication: An Awkward Goodbye

Linux Journal Ceases Publication: An Awkward Goodbye


On August 7, 2019, Linux Journal shut its doorways for good. All employees had been laid off and the corporate is left with no working funds to proceed in any capability. The web site will proceed to wait for the following few weeks, hopefully longer for archival functions if we are able to make it occur.

–Linux Journal, LLC


Final Letter from the Editor: The Awkward Goodbye

by Kyle Rankin

Have you ever met up with a pal at a restaurant for dinner, then after dinner you each step out to the road and say a correct goodbye, solely once you go away, you discover out that you simply each are strolling in the identical course? So now, you get to stroll collectively awkwardly till the true level the place you half, and then you definately have one other, second goodbye, that is way more awkward.

That’s mainly this publish. 

So, it was nearly two years in the past that I first stated goodbye to Linux Journal and the Linux Journal group in my publish “So Long and Thanks for All the Bash”. That publish was a correct goodbye. For starters, it had a catchy title with a pun. The publish itself had all the weather of a correct goodbye: half retrospective, half “Thank You” to the Linux Journal group and the group, and OK, sure, it was additionally half rant. I like to recommend you learn (or re-read) that publish, as a result of it captures my emotions about dropping Linux Journal approach higher than I can muster right here on our awkward second goodbye. 

Of course, not lengthy after I wrote that publish, we came upon that Linux Journal wasn’t lifeless in spite of everything! We all really had extra time collectively and set to work fixing every thing that had brought on us to die within the first place. A variety of our evaluation of what went improper and what we meant to alter was captured in my article “What Linux Journal‘s Resurrection Taught Me concerning the FOSS Community” that we posted in our 25th anniversary situation.

So we set to work and issues had been beginning to look very promising. One of the modifications I used to be notably enthusiastic about was our expanded Deep Dive part in every situation. This “long-form journalism” strategy to technical writing was one thing fairly particular within the technical world and coming from somebody who wrote a couple of Deep Dives of his personal, there was one thing very releasing in realizing you may really give a subject justice with out synthetic constraints on web page size. You, the readers, and likewise new writers responded, and you may really feel the brand new life and new power in every situation. After dying and being revived, it was lastly beginning to appear to be some day quickly we’d have the ability to stroll on our personal.

Unfortunately, we did not get wholesome sufficient quick sufficient, and once we came upon we wanted to stroll on our personal power, we merely could not. So right here we’re giving our second, way more awkward, goodbye. What occurs now? We gave one another a correct hug through the first goodbye, can we hug once more this time? Do we do the hand-shake-that-turns-into-a-single-arm-hug factor? Do we simply kind of wave and smile?

It would not be proper to say goodbye with out acknowledging the great Linux Journal group we now have been blessed with who’ve caught with us all through the years and inspired a lot throughout our first goodbye. To quote from my very own recounting of that point: 

Ultimately, we could not hold the lights on. Linux Journal introduced that it was shutting down on December 1, 2017. I adopted up that announcement with an emotional farewell of my very own. If you learn that farewell, you will see that someplace within the center it modified from a memoir right into a manifesto. My unhappiness at seeing one thing I had labored on for ten years going away was changed by anger that the Linux group had appeared to lose its approach. I misplaced my approach. I took Linux and FOSS with no consideration. It grew to become clearer than ever to me that whereas Linux and FOSS had received the battle over the tech giants a decade earlier than, new ones had taken their place within the meantime, and we had been letting them win. Although I had written and spoken about Linux and FOSS for years, and used it personally and professionally, I felt like I hadn’t accomplished sufficient to assist this factor I cared about a lot. The loss of life of Linux Journal was a significant factor in my determination to place my cash the place my mouth was, stop my job, and be part of Purism so I may work full-time serving to to ahead this trigger.

So yeah, I took the information fairly exhausting. We all took the information fairly exhausting, however the place I had simply misplaced a contract writing gig, all the core Linux Journal group had simply misplaced their full-time jobs. It was a troublesome time, but we additionally had been flooded with a lot assist from you, our readers. Some individuals contacted us simply to inform us how a lot they cherished the journal and the way sorry they had been to see it go. Others supplied to pay extra for his or her subscriptions if that will one way or the other assist. Others nonetheless contacted us to see if they may develop a fundraising program to maintain the journal alive. I can not stress how a lot this unbelievable outpouring of assist helped all of us throughout this troublesome time. Thank you.

So sure, thanks for sticking by us. We really did every thing we may to make this a hit, and I am so sorry it did not work out. On a private observe, thanks to the remainder of the Linux Journal group. Not having the ability to work with all of you and chat with you goes to be the toughest a part of all of this by far.

If you wish to be in contact, you’ll find me at https://social.librem.one/@kyle on Mastodon and https://twitter.com/@kylerankin on Twitter.

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