It has been a while since we have posted on the status of LWN.
Now seems like a good time to catch up, especially since your editor is
traveling and can write this article ahead of time.
Subscriptions to LWN continue to grow, but that growth continues to be
slow. Very slow. Various schemes for improving the situation are in the
various complications have impeded the process. We are contemplating hiring
another editor to help to expand and improve the LWN content mix; those
plans remain vague at this time.
We are always looking for writers, however. To that end, we have raised
our (still inadequate) pay scales a bit. If you have something to say to
the community, and you are willing to write for demanding editors and even
more demanding readers, please have a look at the writing for LWN page and
Readers of the RSS feeds may have noticed some changes which have been made
there. It has (slowly) occurred to us that RSS seems to be the primary
interface to the site for many readers, and that maybe we should pay a bit
of attention to it. There is also a new feed which tracks the most
recently posted comments; anybody who is interested in tracking the LWN
discussion across the site is encouraged to subscribe. See the LWN headlines page for a full list
of available feeds; expect to see some others before too long.
Maybe someday we'll implement an Atom feed and be properly buzzword
compliant, but that is rather lower on the list of priorities.
When LWN first started allowing comment posting, some readers predicted that
one result might be the death of the "Letters to the Editor" page. Those
readers may well have been right; the Weekly Edition almost never includes
a Letters page anymore, because there are no letters to publish on it. So
we are considering just dropping that page altogether. The alternative,
for those who would like to see that page retained, would be to start
sending us letters.
Occasionally we get queries from people who would like to reuse content
published on LWN, often translated into other languages. We have never yet
refused such a request. We are still evolving a complete policy on
licensing of LWN content, but it will look something like this:
This policy is still under development; we're interested in any suggestions
or advice that anybody might have.
Finally, for those of you who will be at the Ottawa Linux Symposium this
year, LWN editor Jonathan Corbet will be talking on the state of Linux
kernel development. It is, at this point, almost as traditional as the
Black Thorn party.
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