It's been a little while since we have posted one of these updates. That
is as it should be...better to fill our pages with the stuff you all
came to read. We'll let you get into this week's hot
security updates shortly, but, first, a word from your sponsor.
The individual subscription count stands at almost exactly 2500; it really
has not changed much in the last couple months. 2500 subscribers will keep
the lights on for now, but that's really not enough to keep things going in
the long term. Somehow we are going to have to find a way to inspire quite
a few more of you to subscribe.
That said, here's a quick heads up: we'll be making a small change to
subscription pricing shortly. Until now, we have encouraged readers to
take out monthly subscriptions for a couple of reasons: we didn't want to
risk going under with a large unfulfilled subscription liability, and we
were doing our best to avoid getting in trouble with our credit card
merchant bank. At this point, we are reasonably confident that we'll
figure this out somehow and find a way to stick around for the long term.
And our new
merchant bank is rather more friendly than the old one was. The monthly
renewals are also costing us a fair amount in processing fees.
So we will soon (within a week or two) implement a discount for longer-term
subscriptions. It won't be huge, but it will reflect the difference in our
costs, and, hopefully, encourage a shift away from the monthly method. An
announcement will go out when the new scheme goes into effect.
Thanks, as always, for supporting LWN.
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