As was announced
last week, long-time Development Page editor Forrest Cook has moved on to a
new set of challenges. As a result, LWN is now faced with a new challenge
of its own: maintaining quality content with fewer hands at the keyboard.
To respond to this challenge, we are making some changes aimed at making
the production of LWN more sustainable while maintaining (or improving)
At recent events, your editor asked many readers what part of the LWN
Weekly Edition would be missed least if it went away. The answers were
surprisingly consistent; it seems that relatively few people plow through
the long lists of software releases which have long appeared on this page.
So that's what is going to go; this week inaugurates a new, thinner
The most important aspects of this page, we hope, will remain. It will
still be led by our original content. We will still watch the stream of
software release announcements as we did before; the difference is that
only a small subset of them will be selected for mention on this page.
Announcements will show up here if they are a major release of an important
package, or if they highlight an application that we think our readers
would be interested in, or if somebody just thinks it's worth posting.
The value of LWN, we believe, has always been in selective judgment and
conciseness, rather than in scooping up and posting everything. We hope
that a more focused Development Page will increase that value. As this
page evolves, we will certainly welcome any comments you may have, either
posted as comments or sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
to post comments)