Linux Journal

Linux Journal FAQ June 1, 1997

This FAQ contains information about Linux Journal (LJ), the magazine covering the Linux Community. Topics covered include:


Our mission is to serve the Linux community and to promote the use of Linux worldwide. Although most of our initial subscribers have come from the Internet, we expect that many of our future readers will find LJ as their initial source of information on Linux, i.e. LJ provides a way for people to find hardware, software, and help both in getting started and in staying on the cutting edge. LJ's content is a benefit to the reader by providing information, to the Linux newsgroups by reducing "novice" questions and to advertisers by providing them with a way to reach potential new users.

Phil Hughes came up with the idea for producing Linux Journal in early 1993. He is the founder, first Editor and current publisher of the magazine. In late February, 1994 the first issue was mailed. The magazine has received a very positive response--both on the Internet and elsewhere. Our current Editor is Marjorie Richardson,

Issue #38, our June 97 issue, is on newsstands now.
Issue #39, our July 97 issue, will be released in mid-May.

Linux Journal is published by Specialized Systems Consultants (SSC), publisher of Unix and C Pocket References for over twelve years. Additional information, including the table of contents for all our past issues and selected articles, can all be found on elsewhere on this web site by returning to LJ's home page. While here at our site, check out the WEBsmith site, a hands-on reference to building, maintaining and administering a World Wide Web site. In January 1997, WEBsmith became a supplement to Linux Journal called WWWsmith. SSC continues to promote Linux itself, not just its own Linux products. All but two of the computers at SSC have Linux systems. The two exceptions are only because of restrictions related to the publishing industry.

Linux Gazette

On August 1, 1996, Linux Journal took over the publication of Linux Gazette from John Fisk. We have always felt that Linux Gazette fills a niche that LJ can not. Being on-line the Gazette can be more timely and can address topics that would not be cost-effective in print media. Our plans are to continue the electronic version of the Gazette at, plus we will include a Gazette section in Linux Journal for selected items. If you have suggestions for the Gazette or want to contribute an article for upcoming issues, contact us at


Each issue of Linux Journal offers articles that appeal to newcomers as well as serious technical articles for long-time Unix users. Although LJ is Linux-specific, many of the articles are of interest to Unix users and other users of freely redistributable software.

Also, for the many business Unix users, we offer articles on commercial uses for Linux. They can be in the form of documentation of a place/job where Linux is being used commercially, the technical development of commercial applications or reviews of commercial products.

Regular columns include:

as well as a Linux Consultants Directory, New Products, book and product reviews and Letters to the Editor.

Featured articles that have appeared in Linux Journal include:

1997 Conferences:

Atlanta Linux ShowcaseAtlanta, GAJune 7 and 8
Usenix CootsPortland, ORJune 16-19
SysAdmin ConferenceSan Diego, CAOctober 26-31
Comdex FallLas Vegas, NVNovember 11-15


Get a free issue of Linux Journal when you subscribe.

Subscriptions are available B via either our form (text and HTML versions both available), at, or via:

Subscriptions are available internationally through SSC directly and in specific regions through our international distributors. Magazines are mailed internationally through a "surface air lift" service which delivers the magazines quickly to the countries of destination where local mail will be handled by surface delivery.

Subscription rates (in US dollars) are as follows:

While supplies last, back issues are available for $5 ($7 airmail) for one back issue, $4 ($6 airmail) for additional issues on the same order.

Subscriptions start with the next issue of Linux Journal.

We accept payment by credit card (American Express, Visa and MasterCard). Since the Internet is not a secure network, you may not wish to send credit card numbers via e-mail, unless encrypted (finger for our public key), or by a secure SSL web connection. We are now using the Stronghold secure web server, and we now offer an on-line order form at that uses a medium-grade encryption key for your privacy.

We also accept checks in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. For certain other foreign currency (specified by our bank), we can take a check drawn on a foreign bank in their native currency: for example, a check drawn on a German bank issued in German marks.

Writing for Linux Journal

Articles in Linux Journal cover the range from "how do I get started" to kernel hacking, always balanced to give the newcomer and the long-term Linux users the maximum enjoyment. Here on this web site is an Author's Guide and a Potential Articles List.

If you have an idea for an article you would like to write for LJ or have a lead about a new commercial use, contact our editor via e-mail at, or by U.S. mail to Editor, Linux Journal, P.O. Box 55549, Seattle, WA 98155-0549

Advertising in Linux Journal

Linux Journal is supported by a combination of subscription and advertising revenue. Rates are competitive for the number of readers we reach, and our specific target audience matches the needs of those who have products targeted to the Linux market. We currently offer only display advertising. We plan to offer a card deck in 1996. If you are interested, request a media kit and rate card.

Advertising, Linux Journal, P.O. Box 55549, Seattle, WA 98155-0549
FAX: +1 206 782-7191, Phone: +1 206 782-7733 E-mail: B

Advertising in Linux Buyer's Guide

Linux Journal will be publishing a Linux Buyer's Guide each year. The guide will include a complete directory of Linux software and hardware vendors, a comparison of Linux distributions, and other pertinent buying information for Linux users and anyone interested in getting into the Linux market. Product and service listings are free. To advertise in this guide, contact a sales representative at the above address. More information is available on this web site by clicking above.

Linux-related Product Releases

If you have a new product that you feel is of interest to the Linux community, send us a press release.

Send new product information to:

New Products, Linux Journal, P.O. Box 55549, Seattle, WA 98155-0549
Also, we have computer experts who do product reviews on our staff. If you would like us to review your product, please let us know at when a review copy of your product is available.


Linux Journal is distributed both directly to resellers and distributors. Over 16000 copies are distributed on newsstands. International distribution is handled by Worldwide Media Services, Inc. National distribution is handled by International Periodical Distributors, Small Changes and SSC. If you are aware of a store that should carry LJ you can suggest they contact SSC at 206-782-7733 about reselling or send us e-mail at with their contact information. If you include your postal address, we will send you a free copy of Linux Journal in the next available mailing.


Q: Is LJ available electronically?

A: Selected articles are available on our web site. We are adding articles as time allows. To volunteer to help translate articles to HTML, send e-mail to To have us add a particular article to our "requested" list, send e-mail to

Q: Can information that appears in LJ be reprinted?

A: Authors may use the material with the restriction that if used immediately after LJ publication, they include the phrase "reprinted with permission of Linux Journal" in the reprinted article. Other people wishing to use material should contact LJ. Permission is usually granted free for non-commercial use, except where restricted by author or other prior copyright.

If All Else Fails ...

If your question isn't answered here, send e-mail to We will send an e-mail response and, if it is a common question we will add it to this FAQ. If you don't have e-mail, you can fax questions to 206-782-7191 or call 206-782-7733.

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