Agreed. I signed up for a subscription not long after they switched to that model. I
recently moved up to the Project Leader level, because I can justify the expense.
The insightful articles here, especially on the weekly kernel page, are what bring me back
week after week. I've learned so much about the kernel's internals and the challenges kernel
developers face reading the detailed articles there. The ensuing discussions are also
enlightening. If there's something the article missed, often it's captured in the comments
that follow. I know I've asked a few questions here and have been thankful for the responses.
My day job had nothing to do with Linux, and in my personal life I haven't even compiled my
own kernel in probably 5 years. (I've been using Linux for over 14 years now, FWIW.)
However, lately, I'm finding all the stuff I learned here and a couple other places (Kernel
Traffic and KernelTrap come to mind) are becoming more and more useful in my professional
life. I'm a CPU architect these days, and knowing how the Linux works is very important to
architecting the CPU correctly if we expect to run it in any reasonable form. My fellow
architects at work who haven't followed Linux like I have in their "copious free time" are at
a disadvantage. :-) Maybe I can get my employer to pick up the tab for my subscription now.
LWN holds a distinction over the other two sites I mentioned, since it goes further to
actually digest the content and present it as a coherent whole. Kernel Traffic, while
interesting in its own right, often put me to sleep unfortunately. It was too much raw
information. KernelTrap has been more dynamic, but it still focuses mostly on bringing
interesting threads from LKML and other lists to my attention more than providing actual
original articles exploring concepts in depth. LWN ends up being much more educational as a
result. Articles such as the RCU series and detailed explanations of the various schedulers
and so on... I don't know where else I would find that!
Here's to another 10 years!