It's time for our weekly report to our readers. Read on for the latest
subscription counts and a few bits of site news.
As of this writing, we are getting close to 2200 subscribers. That still
leaves us far short of our medium-term goal of 4000.
Things are headed in the right direction,
however; with continued support from our readers, we hope that we will get
to where we need to be before too long.
We are also encouraged by a small increase in the rate of corporate
subscriptions. They still fall short of our hopes, but there are signs
that the bureaucratic wheels are beginning to turn. If you work for a
company that could benefit from a subscription, please consider talking to
them about setting one up.
This week we were also able to announce a
group subscription for the Debian project, which has been funded by HP.
Debian developers are encouraged to read the announcement for information
on how to get access to this subscription.
For those of you who have been requesting the ability to pay with American
Express: we have finally managed to get that set up. Progress on setting
up a Euro-zone bank account has been slower; it looks like that will not be
a viable option anytime soon. The best approach for
accepting funds from Europeans without credit cards may turn out to be to
those people send us checks. We're still working on that one, though.
There has been a small stream of requests for a stable URL for the latest
free version of the Weekly Edition. That has now been implemented; the
current free weekly can be found at:
Of course, lwn.net/current continues to refer to the
most recent (subscription) Weekly Edition.
We have been having some trouble with sites blocking mail from the LWN
(things like the various LWN mailing lists and subscription notices). That
mail originates from our production server, which is donated to us by
Rackspace. Some people, evidently, have received a lot of spam from
Rackspace-hosted systems, and have simply blocked the entire Rackspace network.
Rackspace tells us that they shut down spammers as soon as they know of
them, but it's an ongoing battle. Meanwhile, we are looking into other
generating and routing mail so that this problem, hopefully, will be behind
For those of you making your holiday shopping lists: LWN gift certificates
will be available shortly. The work is mostly done, but won't be completed
at this point until after the weekly publication cycle. Stay tuned for the
That is the LWN news for this week. Thanks, as always, for your support.
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