After a few quiet weeks, we actually have some news to report: we have
finally been able to set up a new merchant account which will allow us to
accept credit cards. Hopefully we'll have better luck with the new bank
than with the old - which is still
holding a portion of the
donations from last July.
What this means is that, finally, we will be able to go forward with our
subscription offering, at which point we will truly find out if there is
enough support out there to keep LWN going on a sustainable basis. There
is still some frantic code-bashing to be done; if all goes well, we should
be able to start taking subscriptions next week. Next week's LWN Weekly
Edition will be free to all readers; thereafter it will be available to
subscribers only for an initial period (which will probably be one week).
On another front, our new mailing list mechanism is up and running. The
first list is called "Notify;" it simply receives a message once a week
when the new Weekly Edition is available. This list thus replaces our old
lwn-notify list, which has been running since the beginning - almost five
years ago. Other lists, mostly providing access to our content via email,
will be available shortly (and mostly limited to subscribers). Mailing
list subscriptions require a (free) LWN account, and can be controlled
through the "MyAccount" link in the left column.
Thanks, yet again, for your support through this interesting period.
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