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About Linux Voice

Not all Linux magazines are the same

Linux Voice is an independent GNU/Linux and Free Software magazine from the most experienced journalists in the business. It’s different in three key ways:

  • 50% of our profits go back to the Free Software community, developers and events

  • Our content will be freely licensed (CC-BY-SA) after nine months, for the community to share

  • We are making this magazine for Linux users, and not to satisfy shareholders or middle managers

Linux Voice was originally funded by a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign that raised £127,000 from over 2,000 subscribers. Today we have over 3,200 subscribers across the globe, and our readers are loving the magazine.

Each month the magazine (print and digital) includes 114 pages of in-depth tutorials, features, reviews and interviews — click here to see the contents of recent issues. We are a team with decades of experience in writing about Linux and FOSS:

Graham Morrison is the former Editor of Linux Format magazine. He worked on the magazine for nine years after starting out as its staff writer in 2004. He also has a slight obsession with analogue synthesizers.

graham@linuxvoice.com

Andrew Gregory is the former Deputy Editor and Operations Editor of Linux Format. He dreamt up many of the ideas that went into the magazine, and also wrote tutorials, features and the news section.

andrew@linuxvoice.com

Mike Saunders wrote for Linux Format for over 150 issues, and also worked as the New Media and Communities Editor. He’s a passionate Free Software developer (having spent many years leading the MikeOS project) and still plays Frontier.

mike@linuxvoice.com

Ben Everard worked on Linux Format for two years, writing features, reviews and tutorials, and creating the software-packed DVD that came with the mag. He has helped to spread Free Software in the developing world.

ben@linuxvoice.com

Linux Voice is available in many WHSmith (high street), Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, McColl’s and Martin’s stores in the UK, along with Easons in Ireland. You’ll find it in Barnes and Noble in the USA, and many independent stores around the world.


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All content © Linux Voice™. All rights reserved. Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. Linux Voice is a limited company registered in England No. 08761140

63 thoughts on “About Linux Voice

  1. LOL, I wonder what the guys al Linux Format are thingking right about now!!

    I used to have an LFX subscription, and I’m now looking forward to your mag


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  2. This a great magazine for us linux and open source users. The magazine features on free software,codeing,reviews and a great feature on crowdfunding,tutorials. This could take month to read this magazine.
    Good Luck Colin Cundy


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  3. Nigel D Chapman

    Many thanks for the new magazine.
    I appreciated PCBSD10 ISO as have “Isotope” 9 at home. Also review of Mageia 4 is very interesting (still use Mandriva SF2007!). Often run Haiku and ReactOS in Qemu emulator so many features noteworthy and relevant.
    Keep up the good work!
    Nigel D Chapman


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  4. Nigel D Chapman

    Sorry chaps!
    Flavour of BSD on disk is Free10 not PC10.
    Look forward to burning ISO and booting to xfce (older versions sampled were server-only on my old PCs)
    Many thanks again.
    Nigel D Chapman
    ps Graham – any chance of Mageia 4 on cover disk sometime in future??


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  5. I would love to subscribe, but I can’t make your shop work. When I select the “cart” button, it takes me to which is a blank.

    Help!


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  6. Well done – all fixed and working today. I can now go away for the next month and not worry about missing #2.


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  7. Brilliant first issue!! Let our Linux voices be heard!

    One observation, white text in the lighter green text boxes without embiggening (is that a real word) it is very difficult to read on a tablet. Just a thought.

    Eagerly awaiting next issue. Cheers!


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  8. Graham Morrison

    Graham – first, thanks for subscribing.

    At a certain point (I think it was Sunday for issue 2), we have to send a list of subscribers to our distributors for them to be able to post magazines. At that point, it’s too late to get new subscribers onto that distribution list, which is why we move the starting issue a new subscriber receives on to the next issue.


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  9. Jean VISCONTE

    Congrats guys for this 2nd issue… 1st was promising and you already installed your own style that is just well balanced, clear and appealing.
    More embedded Linux in the future?

    Regards

    Jean


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  10. [linu|uni]x newbie

    Had a brief look at the printed copy of the magazine at the kiosk today.
    Looks like a magazine for enthusiasts and experts!
    Will you be doing articles for beginners like me, or should we stick to Dummies books?


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi! Yes, we do indeed have a lot of technical and advanced content in the mag, but we want to make sure that newcomers to Linux feel at home as well. So we have reviews, interviews and tutorials that should be accessible to everyone — eg the KDE guide in issue 2. Even if some things are over your head at the moment, it’s worth keeping the magazines, because as you progress their content will become more useful. Cheers!


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  11. Hi Guys!

    Congrats! When single digital issues will be available for download and what will the price?

    Thanks!


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  12. Stumbled upon issue 2 today by accident on the shelves in Ireland and bought it straight away! -very very impressed, although please please don’t overdo the Pi!! Some features starring Debian Wheezy Gnome 3 would be great, it’s where I learned Linux. I’ve tried all the other distros but it’ll always be the roof over my head!.
    Can you tell me who will be distributing it in Ireland and what date does it hit the shelf for sale? Good luck with the publication


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  13. Hi, if i wish to buy magazine using visa, do i have to pay anymore as i see i have to use pay pal on your site, thanks rob.


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Yes, all digital subscriptions include access to previous issues. So if you buy now, you’ll get 12 issues over the coming year, and access to issue 1 as well. (I’ve updated the wording on the shop to make this clearer.)

      Thanks!


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  14. Ann Allwright

    I am very new to Linux (using UBUNTU 12.04 LTS on an old PC powered by an AMD Athlon XP2200+ processor). I am very impressed having spent years as a Windows person who is not impressed by Windows 7 or 8. I tried one issue of Linux Format and almost gave up on Linux altogether. Linux Voise (I have a digital subscription) is brilliant – don’t understand all the Pi stuff, but that doesn’t matter!

    My one big problem is Internet Banking – Nationwide in particular doesn’t work properly. An article on Linux and Internet Banking would be tremendous – is it possible, is it safe, should I be using it on Linux at all?


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    1. Am a regular user of Nationwide, and so far have not encountered any issues. Linux is probably the safest medium for internet banking, in my opinion. I use chrome or firefox. For a while Lloyds Bank required me to use a “User Agent Switcher” to log in pretending to be Internet Explorer…this is no longer necessary.


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      1. Ann Allwright

        Hi Ben
        Thanks for your reply. My problem with Nationwide was trying to create a new payee – it just would not work. Have you been able to do that? I use Firefox as my browser.
        Ann


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        1. I can do it on mine…using firefox too. Once logged in…where are you having problems?
          1) on accounts list select make a single payment and click on go OR click on move money tab
          2) next page choose a new person and continue
          3) next page add details yourself and continue
          4) and so on …
          (The comments section on this page is probably not the best place to discuss this sort of issue…maybe we should have a section in the forums for this sort of thing)


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    2. I use Nationwide on Linux too. Nationwide itself also uses Linux on their core applications. Linux is THE SAFEST option to do internet banking. For the site to work you need to have Javascript enabled. Note that Nationwide will not offer customer support for those wishing to use Linux on their browsers. http://www.nationwide.co.uk/support/support-articles/security/browser-help#xtab:support This is not because Linux is not safe, it is just that they do not wish to commit the resources to support a minority community.


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi Jed,

      It’s on the way – the long Easter weekend has delayed things by a bit, along with a surge in orders since we were on Slashdot. Thanks for your patience!


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  15. Picked up the interview with Graham from Slashdot. I’ve been planning to run a PC or Laptop to trial Linux. I’ll pick up a copy from WH Smiths. The only problem I have with subscription is reading everything, as we get 11-12 papers in the week, have 2 mag subs, but I like the feel of the paper (not news papers)
    My dentist is a Linux evangelist!


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    1. Mike Saunders

      You have a great dentist :-) And even if you don’t have time to read everything in the mag, the tutorials are generally valid for a long time, so they make good archive material. Cheers!


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  16. I was wondering if digital subscriptions will get links to the software and distros that are on the discs which are included with print editions?


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi Don,

      Yes, in the subscriber area you can download the DVDs via BitTorrent. Thanks!


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    1. JOHN BATESON

      issue 2 is on sale in Australia now.
      i bought my copy on 14/6/14.
      Gordan & Gotch might handle distribution.


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  17. Guilherme Ribeiro

    Hi! From Portugal :)

    Yesterday I bought the number 3 in a magazine store in Lisbon, i have to give you all my congrats for this really nice mag.

    Regards
    Guilherme


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  18. John Bateson

    what has happened to the cover disk?
    i notice the previews for issues 3 &4 not mentioning one.


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi! As we said in issues 1 and 2, we won’t have a DVD on every issue. There are some months that are very quiet for distro releases, so instead of throwing some random stuff together, we’d rather wait and then have awesome DVDs three or four times a year!


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  19. Hi Mike,

    Hello from Canada!

    Just wanted you to know that I was able to see and pick up Linux Voice from the WHSmith on Argyle Street while I was on vacation in Glasgow, Scotland.

    I am now back home in Canada and I have had a chance to read the magazine. I find it to be a great read (nice to see Dr. Brown now appearing within the pages) so kudos to you and the team for the variety of articles and in depth coverage…keep up the great work!

    Question for you – is there anyway you can change or reduce the pricing or make it more competitive for Canadian or US subscribers?
    I contacted my bank and to pay via my credit card with GBP (using their current rates) is $175.04. That’s about 75 dollars more than the competitors subscription rate (which I currently order overseas from in the UK starts with LX…) Can you guys look at this and let me know?

    Thanks for your time & thanks for all your efforts in bringing Linux to the masses! I am hoping to become a subscriber soon!


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  20. I chanced upon issue #2 of Linux Voice in Kuala Lumpur airport – exactly what Linux Format could/should have been. I would like to buy another copy but havn’t found anywhere distributing it in London, do you know of anywhere?

    I’d like to subscribe but have no intention of signing up to paypal (if i select the Visa option it just redirects to paypal).

    + some tutorials describing what alternatives there are to paypal (such as bitcoin) for online payment, and how to impliment them, would be awesome.

    Cheers


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi Ben,

      WHSmith, Sainsburys and Martin/McColl’s stores should stock Linux Voice (although not every store). If you’d like to subscribe via bank transfer, drop me a line (mike AT linuxvoice DOT com) and I’ll sort out the details. Thanks!


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  21. Potential reader

    How is this intended to be different from other Linux magazines like Linux Format for example?
    Anyway, I found a copy of the first issue in my local Sainsbury. Then they changed the layout of the store and have not seen any copies since the magazine section moved or any copies of another magazine I bought occasionally. I have looked in a few different branches of WH Smith and not found it there either. I guess I will have to buy online if I want to.


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi! We’re very different in several ways:

      1) We give 50% of our profits back to the Free Software community
      2) We freely license our content after nine months, for the community to share
      3) We’re an independent magazine, not being bossed around by shareholders and middle managers
      4) We have 115 pages in each issue :-)

      Some Sainsbury’s stores are stocking us, but not all.


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      1. Potential reader

        Okay thanks. It’s interesting that you give 50% profits to the Free software community and freely licence the content after nine months.


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  22. Hi guys you are doing great work! I have purchased the first two issues and they were great. Just curious if your ever thinking of selling single digital issues or smaller packs. I for example would like to purchase them all but can’t drop the 60 bucks at the moment. I would be willing to pay a monthly subscription that is higher than the price of a single digital issue if you divided the yearly subscription. Keep up what you do, real worthwhile content in these magazines. Just some thoughts, didn’t know where else to post these.


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi Elisha,

      We plan to put Linux Voice onto Google play in the near future so stay tuned! Then you will be able to buy single digital issues.


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      1. Awesome what’s the best way to keep up to date so I can find out when you guys do this? Twitter, Google + etc..


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      2. Potential reader

        I like that it might be possible to buy single issues, but would like to avoid Google if there was a way to!!


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    1. Mike Saunders

      Hi Trevor,

      It’s not mega cheap in the US, no, but we still think it’s good value. Over a 1 year subscription with 115 pages every month you get 1,380 pages. At the current exchange rate, that works out at 11.4 cents per page. Given that most pages are 600+ words of highly technical, well researched content, you get a lot of bang for your buck!


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      1. Elisha Montgomery

        I agree with Mike, if you can afford the subscription it’s well worth the price. You have to take into consideration that your not paying for a magazine that is 50% advertisements!


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  23. Dave R. Caldwell

    Been a subscriber of L.F. since issue #45 & was very happy with the group of folks there. Then, suddenly, y’all disappeared. Well, I found ya again at L.V., have issue #1, & immediately became a subscriber ’cause I recognized the crew’s names. L.F. will not be renewed, as I prefer L.V.

    2 suggestions:
    Please include in your address label the subscriber’s expiration date to enable better financial planning ( I’m on a fixed income so must plan ahead ).
    Also, you need a proof reader to catch the misspellings & extra words/grammar errors. ( I’m one of those nit-pickers who spent lots of years in Engineering Standards & Service publications jobs… so I became a nit picker. )

    Best of luck, y’all.
    Dave


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    1. Graham Morrison

      Hi Dave – thanks for your kind words, and I’m glad you eventually found us. And that’s a good idea about putting an expiration date on the address label – we’ll look into it.

      We’re also word/grammar pedants (honestly!), and do want to create the best quality content we can. But in those early issues in particular, our proof reading wasn’t as good as it could be (we were doing a lot of other things to get the magazine off the ground). I do think we’ve got a lot better, and we’re still making improvements, so let me know if you still think we’ve got a problem.

      Thanks again, Graham.


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  24. Hey guys – digging the mag and all the great articles. Just interest in why you stopped the DVD’s? Too expensive?

    Regards,
    Bruce


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    1. Hi Bruce,

      We haven’t stopped the DVDs — we had one on issue 6, and will have them on future issues, but not every issue. Like we said in the mag, there are some months that are very quiet for major distro releases, in which case we’d rather not just put filler content on there. Cheers!


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