Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Crowdfunding Latest Linux Publication

Former staff of a prominent UK publication all about the Linux operating system have set out to launch a rival publication to be funded through crowdfunding. Linux Voice aims to be bigger more entertaining, and easily accessible, a rival to the UK's fist ever Linux centric magazine. The project owners have turned to crowdfunding IndieGoGo to raise the necessary funds.

Linux Format was founded in 1999 originally known as Linux Answers but the first issue was not published until May 2000. Published by Future plc it was the UK's first magazine dedicate mainly to all topics relating to the Linux operating system. In the tradition of the system's open source availability the magazine would feature a DVD containing Linux distributions and free software. Andrew Gregory was the magazine's Deputy Editor and Operations Editor and along with Mike Saunders a writer for Linux format since the first issue and Ben Everard a writer with the magazine for two years, look set to bring all the ideas that made Linux Format a success into this venture.

The new publication, entitled Linux Voice, promises to be different from its more established rival. The crowdfunding campaign is looking to raise £90,000 by 13th December to cover the cost to produce and distribute the first edition. It will be available on a monthly basis and consist of over 115 pages. Rewards on offer to those who invest include advance digital, UK and world subscriptions from a little as six months to a full lifetime. For those with more than £1000 to donate rewards include dinner with the team, half page and full page advertising opportunities.

If the campaign is successful Linux Voice promises to give back to the to the Free Software and Linux communities by giving away 50% of the profits (with readers choosing where the money goes), make the publication free after nine months, and work to keep the pricing fair ensuring the price charged goes to cost of publication. For more information about the campaign and to donate visit the project's IndieGoGo crowdfunding page.

Image Credit; Adriano Gasparri

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