Linux Journal FAQ

This FAQ contains information about Linux Journal (LJ), the premier magazine covering the Linux community. Topics covered include a history of LJ, general information, editorial content, advertising in LJ, and subscriptions.

General Information and History of Linux Journal

Linux Journal, currently celebrating its 24th year of publication, is the original magazine of the global Linux community, delivering readers the advice and inspiration they need to get the most out of their Linux systems.

In-depth information provides a full 360-degree look at featured topics relating to Linux, giving a comprehensive source of everything readers need for creating and completing their own projects -- not just tools they will use today, but relevant and encompassing information they will turn to in future months and years. In addition to how-to content, Linux Journal includes opinions, new product information, profiles of leaders making major contributions in Open Source and product reviews. It also covers business, social and technical news and developments in order to fulfill its mission as the central forum and advocate for the greater Linux community throughout the world.

Linux Journal was first published in April 1994 by Phil Hughes and Bob Young, co-founder of Red Hat. Hughes went on to continue publishing Linux Journal for more than a decade, and in 2006, he handed the reins to long-time LJ employee Carlie Fairchild, the current publisher of Linux Journal.

Today, Linux Journal's very own superstar Doc Searls, named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT by eWeek, executive editor Jill Franklin, tech editor Kyle Rankin, associate editor Shawn Powers, and contributing editor Petros Koutoupis lead the way with inspiring editorial direction for the magazine. Regular LJ contributors include a list of Linux luminaries, such as, Reuven Lerner, Dave Taylor, Zack Brown, and Glyn Moody, just to name a few.

Linux Journal is a digital publication, serving monthly issues to you in e-Reader (.epub), Kindle (.mobi), PDF, and online (HTML) formats. Now anywhere you go, Linux Journal will go with you. In addition to your monthly issue, subscribers receive full access to the entire magazine's online archive -- nearly 300 issues.

To subscribe to Linux Journal, visit Digital subscriptions are available world-wide for one standard fee of $34.50 USD. Subscribe to the digital edition today.

We accept payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express), PayPal, and we also accept checks in US funds drawn on a US bank. Subscriptions can be ordered on-line, or you may contact our subscriber services department via e-mail, [email protected]. Subscriber services can also be reached by phone at +1 818-487-2089 or by fax at +1 818-487-4550. If you prefer snail mail: Linux Journal, P.O. Box 16476, North Hollywood, CA 91615-9911 USA.

Linux Journal is the leading media brand of the Linux and open-source markets. To ensure unmatched coverage, Linux Journal proudly features regular columns written by the now famous team of Kyle Rankin, Doc Searls, Shawn Powers, Reuven Lerner, Zack Brown, Dave Taylor, and Glyn Moody. Learn more about these columns and other regular Linux Journal departments:

  • Hack and / Always on the search for new Linux tricks? Kyle Rankin's Hack and / features shortcuts, tips and hacks that cover a wide range of Linux topics from security to multimedia to command-line sleight-of-hand. This column seeks to strip the complexity away from HOWTOs and leave you with simple steps to accomplish useful things. Whether you are new to Linux or already have a large repertoire of skills Hack and / has something for You.
  • Open-Source Classroom Shawn Powers' Open-Source Classroom column is written to smooth out the learning curve on Linux and other open-source technology. Whether it's learning to use a Raspberry Pi by building a bird-feeder cam or improving in-house internet browsing with a caching DNS server, Shawn makes the complicated simple and the monotonous fun. Although certainly accessible to new Linux users, Open-Source Classroom doesn't try to be a beginner's column; it just tries to make learning fun--for everyone.
  • At the Forge Reuven Lerner’s At the Forge explores programming languages, databases, libraries and techniques that modern developers should know. From Web app development to relational and NoSQL databases to open-source languages that are making a splash, Reuven's columns not only explain the how but also the why, with plenty of concrete examples. Recent topics have included a series on machine learning, a review of features in the latest release of PostgreSQL, and an introduction to "dataclasses", a feature in the upcoming release of Python 3.7.
  • diff -u Zack Brown’s diff -u provides a selection of interesting discussions taking place in Linux kernel development. Security issues, new features, ongoing controversies, the kernel development process itself, and other topics all find expression in the many thousands of emails that come through the mailing list each month. Zack brings a few of these into the light, but there are thousands more waiting to be discovered at all times. Join the mailing list and see for yourself.
  • Work the Shell Longtime Linux and UNIX expert Dave Taylor explores the power of the command line and shell script programming in Work the Shell. Topics range from system administration to game design, user interface design to security, all filtered through Dave's unique sense of humor and storytelling style.
  • Open Sauce Glyn Moody's Open Sauce column complements the work of other writers in Linux Journal. Rather than providing detailed, expert information on highly technical topics, Open Sauce looks at the big picture and tries to pose big questions. What key future areas should the free software community address? What are the main threats to open source, and how can they be countered? What do the concepts of "open" and "free" even mean in today's world? In addition, Open Sauce provides a historical context for the fast-moving world of contemporary coding by drawing on 35 years of general computer journalism and more than 20 years' experience of writing specifically about free software and its culture.
  • From the Editor Editor-in-Chief Doc Searls is an award-winning journalist and activist with a long history of advocating personal freedom—and tech for putting that freedom to good use for everybody. Count on Doc to challenge readers to join the same fights, and to help Linux Journal grow in the process.
  • Deep Dives With each issue, Linux Journal takes a deep dive in to a single topic (Security, Desktop, System Administration and so on). Articles within this special section feature or are written by the "who's who" of the sector and include interviews, overviews of emerging technologies, and information on useful Linux programs or projects.

Articles in Linux Journal cover the range from desktop how-tos to kernel hacking, always balanced to give both newcomers and long-term Linux users maximum enjoyment. If you have an idea for an article or have a lead for LJ, please e-mail [email protected] or send inquiries to:

Editorial Dept.
Linux Journal
9597 Jones Rd, #331
Houston, TX 77065 USA
Phone: +1 281-944-5118
[email protected]

We welcome your letters and encourage you to submit them on-line or mail them to:

Letters to the Editor
Linux Journal
9597 Jones Rd, #331
Houston, TX 77065 USA

If you have a new or updated Linux product, please send us a press release, and we will consider it for inclusion in our monthly New Products column. Send new product information to:

New Products
Linux Journal
9597 Jones Rd, #331
Houston, TX 77065 USA
Phone: +1 281-944-5118
[email protected]

If you have news items you'd like us to mention on our Web site, please send press releases to [email protected].

Both print and on-line advertising options are available. For additional information, request a media kit and/or read more about advertising on our Web site. We encourage you to contact our sales department with questions and requests by calling +1 281-944-5118 or by e-mail.

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. For those looking for commercial reprints, please contact our sales department for further information.

Building on the strengths of the print publication Linux Journal, is the most valuable on-line resource available to every member of the Linux community involved in the intelligent implementation of open-source software. The site features how-to videos, news, tech tips, community forums, in-depth reporting, blogging by industry icons, contests and much more. is built on the open-source Drupal content management system (CMS) and is lead by Webmistress Katherine Druckman. We encourage user feedback.

Each week, Linux Journal newsletters deliver the latest news and articles covering the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of Linux. There are multiple newsletters to choose from, and all are free of charge, opt-in only (never released to any third-party for any reason). For more information, please visit our newsletter sign-up page.

Linux Journal sponsors and attends a number of events throughout the year. If you're interested in a media sponsorship with LJ for your event, please contact associate publisher Mark Irgang. For a complete listing of Linux-related events, please visit

If your question isn't answered here, send e-mail to [email protected]. We will respond via e-mail, and if it is a common question, we will add it to this FAQ. If you don't have e-mail, give us a call, +1 281-944-5118.