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Jonathan Corbet

Web address
Type of site News
Registration Optional
Created by Jonathan Corbet and Elizabeth Coolbaugh
Launched January 1998 (1998-01)[1]
Revenue Subscription, Advertisement
Alexa rank positive decrease 55,917 (November 2013)[2] is a computing webzine with an emphasis on free software and software for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. It consists of a weekly issue, separate stories which are published most days, and threaded discussion attached to every story. Most news published daily are short summaries of articles published elsewhere, and are free to all viewers. Original articles are usually published weekly on Thursdays and are available only to subscribers for one week, after which they become free as well. is part of Eklektix, Inc.

LWN caters to a more technical audience than other Linux/free software publications. It is often praised for its in-depth coverage of Linux kernel internals.[3]

The acronym "LWN" originally stood for Linux Weekly News; that name is no longer used because the site no longer covers exclusively Linux-related topics, and it has daily as well as weekly content.[4]


Founded by Jonathan Corbet and Elizabeth Coolbaugh and published since January 1998,[1] LWN was originally a free site devoted to collecting Linux news, published weekly.

At the end of May 2002, LWN announced a redesigned site.[5] Among the changes was a facility for readers to post comments about stories.

On July 25, 2002, LWN announced that due to its inability to raise enough funds through donations, the following issue would be its last.[6][7]

Following an outpouring of support from readers, however, the editors of LWN decided to continue publishing, albeit with a subscription model. New weekly editions of LWN are initially only available to readers who subscribe at one of three levels (group subscriptions are also available). After a 1-week delay, each issue becomes freely available to readers who are unable or unwilling to pay.

Contributors staff currently consists of:[8]

  • Jonathan Corbet, who oversees the front and kernel pages, as well as overall "executive editor" functions;
  • Jake Edge, who manages the security page and miscellaneous functions;
  • Rebecca Sobol, who edits the distributions page and daily updates;
  • Nathan Willis, who maintains the development page. also purchases a number of articles from freelance authors.[8]

See also

Free software portal


External links

  • Timeline page - Also includes the site's own history at the bottom
  • 2007 Subscribers survey, showing demographics and what sections of the site are liked
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