Linux Magazine to Debut at LinuxWorld Expo

Posted on March 3, 1999

The premier issue of Linux Magazine was announced today at LinuxWorld Expo in San Jose, California. According to Adam Goodman, the magazine's editor and publisher, Linux Magazine is a new publication focused on serving the growing number of Linux users worldwide. A website featuring news and links to other Linux sites will be launched concurrently with the magazine's print version. The aim for the website is to become a Linux portal, a gateway to all of the news, information and technical data that will interest the Linux community.

The magazine features a dark and foreboding cover story entitled, "Microscared -- Why Closed Source Vendors Fear Linux." Stories in the print publication and online explain the history of the Open Source Software movement, Linux, and the challenges they present to traditional software companies. In addition, the magazine contains a comprehensive interview with Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux.

"Linux represents the best kind of challenge to the established closed source model for computer software," Goodman said. "Linux has traditionally been a haven for hackers, but it is now becoming a commercial phenomenon. Our magazine is written for hackers and entrepreneurial executives alike, and delivers sophisticated coverage of both the technical and commercial sides of the Linux revolution."

Linux Magazine's initial circulation is 40,000. By the end of the year, Goodman anticipates it will reach 75,000. Linux Magazine will maintain production and distribution offices in New York City and editorial offices in Berkeley, California. Matt Welsh, the author of Running Linux, published by O'Reilly and Associates is also an editor.