Over the last several months we at LWN have looked at numerous ways of
funding this operation. It takes people to write LWN, and it takes a lot
of their time; it is not something that is easily handled on "off hours."
Those people really would like to be paid for their time, and that is
something which has not happened here for quite a while. Various
approaches to bringing in money have been tried; the most successful of all
was simply asking LWN readers for donations to keep the operation going.
But we have not succeeded in raising even a fraction of the required
Other options (such as subscriptions) have been considered in depth, but
there is little promise (and much aggravation) to be found in that
So the time has come to face the reality of the situation: what LWN is
offering is not what the market is willing to pay for at this time. It's
time to find something else to do.
The end result is that next week's LWN Weekly Edition (August 1) will
be the last. This has not been an easy decision to make, to say the
least. But, barring some sort of last minute miracle (do contact us if you
have one, please!), we do not see any alternative.
We'll have more information next week on things like content tarballs and
releasing the site source. Some parts of LWN may yet go on in a different
form as well. But this particular journey is coming to an end. It has
been a great ride.
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