2008 was a good year for Linux, and a good year for Linux Format. In a market where lots of magazines are reporting sales declines, I'm pleased to say that Linux Format's sales are rising steadily - we think that's partly because our tried and tested formula seems to work, but mainly because the Linux community is growing as more people discover the benefits of Free Software.
To thank you all for supporting us, we'd like to start giving back more to the community. After all, we can only exist because of the community, so we think it's fair that we start giving away some of our articles for the world to read and learn from. The question is, what should be released? And that's what I'd like you to answer in the comments below: what kind of articles should we be releasing to get maximum benefit for the Linux community?
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know we've given away lots of magazines to LUGs, we've given away coverdiscs to schools, we're about to start a Coding Academy to help people learn to code with Free Software, and now we want to take that evangelism even further by putting some of our magazine content online so everyone can benefit. And I don't mean content from a year ago that's long out of date - I want to start putting articles online as soon as the magazine hits the newsstands.
It won't be all the magazine, because if sales of the magazine plummet then this whole enterprise will fall to pieces. But I do want to put 15 or 20 pages online every month so that everyone can have something to read at their level.
So, what should we be putting online? Features? Tutorials? Roundups? Interviews? Let me know below - I want to get going with this as of LXF 116.