Linux Journal

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Linux Journal
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Linux Journal logo
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. (Houston, Texas). It 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, issue 209, the magazine transitioned to publishing monthly in digital-only formats including various desktop, mobile, and e-pub platforms.[3]

In early July 2014 it was revealed that the NSA's XKeyscore program targeted readers of Linux Journal,[4] which the NSA considers an "extremist forum".[5]


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.

See also


  1. Young, Robert (1 March 1994). "Interview with Linus, the Author of Linux". Linux Journal. Retrieved 6 September 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Searls, Doc (19 August 2011). "Linux Journal Goes 100% Digital". Linux Journal. Retrieved 19 August 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Kinsman, Matt (23 August 2011). "How Readers Respond When a Magazine Goes Digital-Only". Folio. Retrieved 7 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Rankin, Kyle (3 July 2014). "NSA: Linux Journal is an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged for extra surveillance". Linux Journal. Retrieved 7 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Appelbaum, Jacob; Gibson, Aaron; Goetz, J; Kabisch, V; Kampf, L; Ryge, Leif (3 July 2014). "NSA targets the privacy-conscious". Das Erste. Retrieved 7 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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