Linux Journal

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Linux Journal
Linux Journal logo.svg
Linux Journal November 2008 cover
Categories Computer
Frequency Monthly
First issue 1994
Final issue August 2011
Company Belltown Media, Inc.
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 1075-3583

Linux Journal is a monthly technology magazine published by Belltown Media, Inc. of Houston, Texas. The magazine focuses specifically on Linux, allowing the content to be a highly specialized source of information for open source enthusiasts.


Linux Journal was the first magazine to be published about the Linux kernel and operating systems based on it. The first issue was published in March 1994 by Phil Hughes and Bob Young, co-founder of Red Hat, and featured an interview with Linux creator Linus Torvalds.[1]

The publication's last print edition was August 2011, issue 208. [2] Beginning with the September 2011 issue, number 209, the magazine transitioned to publishing monthly in digital-only formats including various desktop, mobile, and e-pub platforms.[3]


Linux Journal publishes articles on all levels of developing and using Linux and the software that runs on it, including everything from how to write device drivers to how to edit photos with GIMP. In addition to how-tos and tutorials, each issue features reviews of Linux products, tips, and market analysis.

Current articles and features[edit]

  • EOF by Doc Searls
  • At the Forge by Reuven Lerner
  • Cooking with Linux by Marcel Gagne
  • Work the Shell by Dave Taylor
  • Hack and / by Kyle Rankin
  • Current_Issue.tar.gz by Shawn Powers
  • diff -u by Zack Brown
  • UpFront by Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman
  • New Products by James Gray
  • New Projects by John Knight
  • Tech Tips by Mitch Frazier
  • Features (August 2008 Cool Projects issue features listed), various authors
  • The BUG: a Linux-Based Hardware Mashup by Mike Diehl
  • Billix: a Sysadmin's Swiss Army Knife by Bill Childers
  • Fun with E-Ink, X and Gumstix" by Jaya Kumar
  • One Box. Sixteen Trillion Bytes by Eric Pearce
  • Linux for the Long Haul by Michael Surran
  • Zenoss and the Art of Enterprise Monitoring by Jeramiah Bowling
  • How to Fake a UFO Landing by Dan Sawyer
  • Quantum GIS: the Open-Source Geographic Information System by James Gray
  • Build a MythTV Box without Breaking the Bank by P. Surdas Mohit
  • Hot and Bothered at Starbucks by Dan Sawyer
  • The Neuros OSD Connects Your TV to the Internet by Marco Fioretti

Editorial staff[edit]

Doc Searls, Senior Editor, is one of Linux Journal's most well-known editors. Doc, co-writer of the The Cluetrain Manifesto, has written for Linux Journal since early in its history. Other regular editorial contributors include:

  • Senior Editor Doc Searls
  • Editor: Shawn Powers
  • Executive Editor: Jill Franklin
  • Associate Editor: Mitch Frazier
  • Technical Editor: Michael Baxter
  • Products Editor: James Gray
  • Senior Columnist: Reuven Lerner
  • Chef Francais: Marcel Gagne
  • Security Editor: Mick Bauer
  • Contributing Editor: David Bandel
  • Contributing Editor: Zack Brown
  • Contributing Editor: Marco Fioretti
  • Contributing Editor: Ibrahim Haddad
  • Contributing Editor: Greg Kroah-Hartman
  • Contributing Editor: Robert Love
  • Contributing Editor: Ludovic Marcotte
  • Contributing Editor: Dave Phillips
  • Contributing Editor: Paul Barry
  • Contributing Editor: Paul McKenney
  • Web Editor: Katherine Druckman
  • Publisher: Carlie Fairchild

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Young, Robert (1 March 1994). "Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux". Linux Journal. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Searls, Doc (19 August 2011). "Linux Journal Goes 100% Digital". Linux Journal. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Kinsman, Matt (23 August 2011). "How Readers Respond When a Magazine Goes Digital-Only". Folio. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 

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