Lift up your Voice

Some of you may already know this, but some of the former Linux Format writers are banding together to produce a new monthly Free Software and Linux magazine called Linux Voice.

They’re funding Linux Voice through an Indiegogo campaign with a unique twist to their operation, specifically these two items:

  • Half the profits will go back to Free Software and Linux communities, and our readership will choose where the money goes. As it says on the site, “We want to sponsor projects, events, developers, and evangelise the cause. We want to build long-term relationships with the people we sponsor, so there’s less uncertainty for projects year-on-year.”
  • Content will be published for free after 9 months, and they aim to use an open source/Creative Commons licence. “We want to create a library of our tutorials, interviews, features and code that is accessible to everyone, whether that’s a Python tutorial for a 10 hour flight, or a Raspberry Pi class guide for a school club. We don’t believe in charging several times for the same ‘evergreen’ content,” the proposal says.
  • According to Philip Newborough, these guys who are starting the magazine have been good to CrunchBang in the past, and if you look at the cover on the Indiegogo page, there’s already a review of CrunchBang seemingly slated for the edition. So Corenominal has replaced the usual “be excellent to each other” forum fortunes with an ad to their campaign and he will leave the ads running for the remainder of the Linux Voice funding run, which ends near Christmas.

    Corenominal has nothing on me: I’ll do the same on this blog, keeping an ad for Linux Voice’s Indiegogo campaign until the campaign ends. It will run at the bottom of each Larry the CrunchBang Guy blog item, like this:

    linux-voice

    Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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    2 responses to “Lift up your Voice

    1. Thanks for your kind words Larry! I really hope we can get a regular magazine going on the back a successful funding campaign. We put Crunchbang on the cover because we like it, simple as. And we want to give something back to free software because it’s the right thing to do. The seven and a half hours since we launched the IndieGogo campaign have been amazing; I really think we’re going to do it.

      • Sounds like a great idea, Andrew, and hope you can pull this off (you’ll have to wait for a donation from me until next week). Meanwhile, my alter ego “Larry the Free Software Guy” also posted a similar, slightly more expanded blog post here:

        http://wp.me/p6IMd-UK

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