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Premier Issue Entitled "Microscared" Explains Why Closed Source Vendors Fear Linux; Inside Readers Will Find First In-Depth Profile of Linus Torvalds

SAN JOSE, CA, March 1, 1999

The much anticipated premier issue of Linux Magazine was announced today at LinuxWorld Expo in San Jose, California. According to Adam Goodman, the magazine's editor and publisher, Linux Magazine is a new publication focused on serving the growing number of Linux users worldwide. A Web site featuring news and links to other Linux sites will be launched concurrently with the magazine's print version. The aim for the Web site,, is to become a Linux portal, a gateway to all of the news, information and technical data that will interest the Linux community.

The magazine features a dark and foreboding cover story entitled, "MICROSCARED -- Why Closed Source Vendors Fear Linux." Stories in the print publication and online explain the history of the Open Source Software movement, Linux, and the challenges they present to traditional software companies. In addition, the magazine contains the first truly in-depth, comprehensive interview with Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux. An extended excerpt from this interview is also available at

"Linux represents the best kind of challenge to the established closed source model for computer software," Goodman said. "Linux has traditionally been a haven for hackers, but it is now becoming a commercial phenomenon. Our magazine is written for hackers and entrepreneurial executives alike, and delivers sophisticated coverage of both the technical and commercial sides of the Linux revolution.

Although Linux users at present number approximately ten million worldwide, recent decisions by Oracle, Corel and other vendors to release software that supports Linux have begun to stir the imagination of the entire computer industry. Hardware manufacturers such as IBM, Hewlett Packard and Dell plan to release products pre-loaded with Linux. Many Fortune 500 companies have also begun to adopt Linux-based servers and workstations at many of their work sites.

What makes Linux a such a powerful competitor for Microsoft Windows is its dependence on and commitment to the "open source" philosophy. With its source code available to programmers worldwide, the kernel or "heart" of the operating system is constantly being improved and upgraded by an army of enthusiastic users who function as kind of a group mind. Under Microsoft's proprietary model, innovation comes about much more slowly and at greater cost to the company and its customers.

The Linux kernel is protected by a software license developed by the "Free Software Foundation" and known as the "GNU Public License" (or GPL). This license guarantees that no one person or organization can claim ownership of the Linux source code. It further guarantees in perpetuity the free distribution of the open source Linux kernel code. Instead of being copyrighted, software protected by the GPL is referred to in jest as being "copylefted".

Linux Magazine's initial circulation is 40,000. By the end of the year, Goodman anticipates it will reach 75,000. Advertisers are already flocking to the new publication. Companies appearing in the first issue include: Red Hat Software, VA Research, Linux Hardware Solutions, SuSE, Enhanced Software Technologies, LinuxCare, ASL Workstations, Caldera, O'Reilly Associates, Cobalt Networks, InfoMagic, and Microway. Linux Magazine will be available at B. Dalton, Barnes & Noble, Borders Books, CompUSA, and many other bookstores and newsstands throughout the U.S. and abroad. The cover price of the magazine is $4.95 per issue. Subscriptions are available at $34.95 per year.

Linux Magazine will maintain production and distribution offices in New York City and editorial offices in Berkeley, California, not far from Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the Linux Revolution. Matt Welsh, the author of "Running Linux," published by O'Reilly and Associates is also an editor. "Running Linux" is widely acknowledged as the bible of new Linux users. Goodman and Welsh hope to attract the best writers available from both the Linux community and the wider world of technology-savvy writers serving the technology marketplace. The current issue contains articles from Linux luminaries such as Alan Cox and Erik Troan.

How will Goodman define success? "If we can grow by helping the Linux market grow, and we're providing a magazine people want to read and find useful, I will call us successful."

For a first glimpse of Linux Magazine, the curious can stop by the Red Hat Software booth at the Linux World Expo in San Jose March 1-4. Red Hat, a pioneer in developing the commercial market for Linux, has generously provided space for Linux Magazine's launch and is an advertiser in its first issue. Interested readers may also visit the magazine's Web site at

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