Does anyone know how lwn  is doing? It's one of the latest very high profile publications remaining as of now.
On the topic of Linux Journal, I can remember many years ago when I bought a subscription of 100 issues for $100.
A recent series of articles were about accounting software (ie getting away from proprietary software) which is the sort of navel gazing that wouldn't happen if things were bad.
I'm not affiliated in any way but if you want to read the thoughts of some seriously clever people, then LWN is the place to go. Subscriptions start at $7 per month but if you can't manage that then you can read slightly older content for free.
Remember this colour code: #ffcc99 - you'll need that to make it look right 8)
And yet we cheer at every progress made in Web technology.
It's being sold for $11.99.
Here's the purchase link: http://lj.mybigcommerce.com/linux-journal-archive-1994-2017/
Apparently it's HTML-format. No mention is made of whether it includes images or how big the download is. My suspicion is that it's pure-text, which is really sad.
If anyone wants to look into scraping the site, I wouldn't mind jumping on board. (Suffice to say that... not everything submitted into the Web Archive is let back out.)
I can confirm that it’s totally worth it. It takes only a minute to purchase the download. I used my Paypal account and made the purchase as a Guest as I didn’t want to create yet another account on the Internet. Within seconds, I received a download link in my email.
After unzipping the download, there’s a shell script which starts a web server and opens your web browser at the Archive index. You can then either navigate by selecting an issue by year and month – or by using the search feature provided by the Archive web server. I’ve tried a number of search terms (“docker”, “ansible”, “mutt”) and can confirm that it works well; the only issue I’ve had is that the search results list the articles by the name of the column, e.g., this article  is listed as Hack and / rather than the more descriptive sub-title Take Mutt for a Walk.
I’d also confirm that the articles are not in plain text – they use HTML and include images (where appropriate). Best of all, there’s no visual clutter, e.g., distracting advertisements. The format reminds me a lot of the CDs with collections of digitised books that O’Reilly used to publish.
In my opinion, the archive is excellent value for money – and I’d highly recommend it.
$ shasum -a 256 LJArchive2017.zip
A list of the contents is available https://gist.github.com/anonymous/e77e8558835bc0a6ff30a81c6a...
Luckily the Internet Archive has nice collection, but it isn't the same as the content of the DVD.
If you are in Seattle, the living computer museum has a small nook sized library with some really old issues.
I'm unsure if this is what you're referring to though.
What does / did the Doctor Dobbs Developer DVD contain? I used to read DDJ back in the day, when it was available (didn't have access to it in India, used to buy used copies at second-hand book shops, or sometimes read full articles standing right there in the shop, ha ha. Thankfully the shop owners never prevented me from doing that, maybe because of seeing my genuine interest, and I did buy copies once in a while). And I remember DDJ issues used to have ads about things like DDJ's CD-ROM of Alternative Programming Languages, and other such interesting stuff. Perusing the contents of such ads might even have been (not sure) how I got to know about Python, for example, which I use to this day :) A pity they had to shut down. I remember that the quality of the articles was very good, as was that of CUJ (C User's Journal). I also used to grab and read issues of these two magazines (and a few others, like VBPJ, Java Report and others) in the libraries of bigger companies where I worked some time later (the small one where I worked earlier didn't have much of a library, though it was not zero there either).
Lots of equivalent publications (PC format, Amiga format, etc) called it quits long ago. Surely it must be more than a decade ago?
Amazing how a magazine for a “free” culture somehow managed to postpone the inevitable(?) closure for so long really.
All that said, there is something to be said for a well written article or book by someone with a command of language and a love for teaching.
I use Fedora/Centos/Redhat mostly and I find the best quality docs are on
arch linux wiki
I feel these tech magazines should be more open and transparent about their finances and horizons, so that people who feel like contributing can start doing so at the right time.
i remember at one time lwn.net was asking for life support, since then it seems to be doing well, maybe LJ can do the same? I tend to think LJ needs rethink about its content, that could be voted by its potential subscribers as well.
Unfortunately, lots and lots of quality publications will continue to go out of business. When information becomes radically more free to distribute, the economics of publishing are upended.
Somehow I feel a model marrying journalism and industry certification could work. Ie if you read and do some examples from every magazine then every 3 years you’re very likely to pass a certification test from the magazine.
I used to like picking that up from Borders, although after Borders closed I don't remember seeing it in the UK.
If I tried I'm sure I could get them elsewhere, which is the odd state of media these days. Anyone can get it for free but it means something to actually participate in supporting it.
I've actually been thinking of buying physical copies of music albums partly for nostalgia but also because it would provide a greater sense of investment in the music and actually listening to it.