From the Editor
Why all-digital is more liberating than some-digital and some-print.
Off the Press
Ever since I discovered HTML, it’s been my preferred format for writing. Every word of mine that’s
gone into Linux Journal, since I started
in 1996, has been written and delivered
in HTML. That’s because my writing has
been normalized to hypertext, and to
pixels rather than print.
What’s different for me this time is
that I’m not paying attention to my
monthly 900-word limit (or less if
images are involved). While a word limit
does impose the discipline of brevity,
the fact remains that brevity is not the
only virtue of good writing. Yes, it’s a
good one to have when your column
appears on the last page of a print
magazine. But when that magazine is
no longer confined by the dimensions
of printed pages, you’re free to go
longer—or shorter, as the case may be.
My case this month is for the all-digital version of Linux Journal. Yes,
we lose a lot, but we stand to gain
much more. Let me explain.
We’ve fought to stay in print ever
since the dot-com crash nearly killed us,
11 years ago. Before that crash, we were
fat with ads from well-funded startups.
When the bust hit, many advertisers
8 | SEPTEMBER 2011 WWW.LINUXJOURNAL.COM
vanished without a trace, owing us
literally $millions we never collected.
After that crash, getting and keeping
advertisers for a print trade publication
was much harder. The costs of printing
and mailing also went up, and continued
to go up. Meanwhile, Linux succeeded
in the marketplace and is now the most
widely used operating system.