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From: (Phil Hughes LJ Editor)
Subject: Linux Journal -- Major Changes
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Date: Thu, 7 Apr 1994 18:15:51 GMT
Approved: (Matt Welsh)

The idea for producing Linux Journal arose in early 1993. In late 
February, 1994 we mailed our first issue.  The magazine received a very 
positive response -- both on the Internet and elsewhere.  Issue #2 will be
mailed in mid-April.

The first two issues were produced by ACC Corp in Connecticut and
by Linux Journal staff in Seattle.  There were problems in
producing the magazine between the two locations which has resulted
in the need for a major change for Linux Journal.

SSC, publisher of Unix and C pocket references for over ten years, is
taking over responsibility for magazine production and subscription
fulfillment from ACC Corp.  This moves these functions to Seattle
where our advertising office is located and draws on SSC's
experience in publishing to get the magazine out on time.

Phil Hughes takes over the position of publisher, having the overall
responsibility for the complete publication.  Phil's 11 years in
publishing and 15 years of experience with Unix will be applied to
ensure the quality of the publication as well as its promotion.

Michael K. Johnson assumes the role of editor.  Already being active
in the Linux community and a Linux Journal columnist, Michael became
the logical choice. For those unfamiliar with him, he is a recent
graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  He started
using Linux as soon as it could boot by itself, and has been involved
with development ever since.  He founded the original "man project",
which was the forerunner of the current "Linux Documentation Project",
and maintains a few Linux packages, as well as the "Linux Kernel
Hackers' Guide".

Joanne Wagner remains in the position of Advertising Manager and all
the columnists will continue with their columns.

Because of production delays on what was to be the April issue at ACC
Corp, it has become the April/May issue.  Issue #3 will be the
June/July issue to allow us to complete the transition and establish
the necessary lead time for newsstand distribution.  After that we
will resume monthly publication.  (Subscribers will still receive the
number of issues they signed up for.)

One change will be on the cover of the magazine.  Starting with
issue #3 we will be going to a glossy cover to increase newsstand
appeal and make the publication less susceptible to damage in the

We have also been forced to increase non-U.S. subscription rates.
They better reflect distribution costs but are still below actual
mailing rates.

Although subscription queries have always been sent to, this was an alias for an address in
Connecticut.  We are in the process of translating subscriber
information into the format used by the SSC database so please bear
with us if we seem slow in answering subscription questions.  We
expect to have the changes complete by April 15.

Here is the new contact information:
    $19/year U.S., $24/year Canada, $29/year Foreign
    $34/2 years U.S., $44/2 years Canada, $49/2 years Foreign
    Linux Journal, P.O. Box 85867, Seattle, WA 98145-1867
    FAX: +1 206 526-0803, Phone: +1 206 527-3385
    Joanne Wagner, P.O. Box 85867, Seattle, WA 98145-1867
    FAX: +1 206 526-0803, Phone: +1 206 524-8338
  Press Releases, New Product Announcements:
    New Products, P.O. Box 85867, Seattle, WA 98145-1867
    FAX: +1 206 526-0803
    Michael K. Johnson's new SLIP connection is under construction.
    Until this is established, editor e-mail can be sent to 


Phil Hughes, Editor, Linux Journal, P.O. Box 85867, Seattle, WA 98145-1867 USA
E-mail:   Phone: +1 206 524 8338 FAX: +1 206 526 0803
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Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.misc
From: (Bob Young)
Subject: Linux Journal - Good News
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Summary: Linux Journal contact them first
Keywords: Linux Journal Problems
Organization: The Dorsai Embassy, New York, NY
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Date: Thu, 28 Apr 1994 00:42:37 GMT
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As the original "flaky" publisher of Linux Journal responsible for 
issues #1 and #2,  I'd like to wade into the defense of the "New" 
Linux Journal and their staff.

It would help if those in the Linux community obeyed a couple of 
rules regarding the Journal, and other suppliers for that matter.
(The likelihood of net users obeying rules being less than zilch, I 
thought I'd ask regardless):

-Don't post your personal gripe before trying to contact the 
publication to sort it out.  A single unacknowledged email message 
does not count as trying.  LJ can be reached at:
fax: (206) 527-2806
tel:  (206) 527-3385 - although they prefer email or faxed messages.

-Keep in mind the basic economics of publishing.  These are that the 
production and mailing costs eat up most of the $19 annual 
subscription fee.  Publications whose subscription rates are under 
$30 for 12 issues are relying on advertising re

nue to make any 
Ad revenue is directly proportional to number of readers.  Linux 
Journal will need many times its current subscriber base before it is 
solidly in the black.  Trust me.  Its current rate of new subscriptions 
will ensure that it will get there in due course.

-Most publications state upfront that you are to allow 60 days for 
your subscription to start.  We tried, and I know SSC intends to 
continue to try to improve on that standard, but this will not always 
be possible.

-A better use of these newsgroups will be to debate issues raised by 
the Journal.   Phil Hughes and his co-horts are among the staunchest 
supporters of Linux and should only be applauded for their efforts.  
Whether they produce a publication of value to their readers will 
depend in large part from the support, both in terms of *useful* 
feedback and contributed editorial, they receive from the Linux 

To repeat, please don't post your personal problems no matter how 
heart-breaking, at least until you've given Linux Journal the 
opportunity to address them.

Cheers,  Bob.

Bob Young, Publisher of New York UNIX Magazine 
(former publisher of Linux Journal)

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