Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Welcome to our January 2002 issue. With the beginning of this new year, we decided the time was right to make a few changes to Linux Magazine. Some of them you'll see right away, beginning with this issue, and there are some others that we'll be introducing as the year moves along.

Welcome to our January 2002 issue. With the beginning of this new year, we decided the time was right to make a few changes to Linux Magazine. Some of them you’ll see right away, beginning with this issue, and there are some others that we’ll be introducing as the year moves along.

If you did a quick scan of the Table of Contents this month, you probably noticed a few differences from what you’re used to finding. Most apparent, we’ve added a bunch of new columns: Power Tools, Extreme Linux, Java Matters, and LAMP Post.

Power Tools is a column devoted to helping you get the most out of the thousands of applications that come with a Unix or Linux system. As you are probably already aware, the original design philosophy behind Unix was to have many small programs that each perform one function exceedingly well, but that can easily be strung together, allowing you to create much more powerful programs. Power Tools will expound upon that philosophy every month and will unlock secrets about Linux’s most popular applications, in order to help you get more mileage out of them.

Extreme Linux is actually a blast from the past. The very first issue of Linux Magazine, back in March 1999, had an Extreme Linux column that mysteriously disappeared from the next issue…and every subsequent issue until this one. Well, we’ve got some good news — due to popular demand, we’re bringing it back. Every month Extreme Linux will focus on a different aspect of using, administering, and programming clustered Linux systems. From high-availability to supercomputing applications, you’ll find what you are looking for in the Extreme Linux column.

Java Matters is a column about Java programming (duh). You may be asking, “What’s Java programming got to do with Linux?” Well, a lot, actually. I’ve said before in this column that Java and Linux need each other if they’re going to compete effectively in corporate computing environments, and this column represents our effort to help make that happen. (Besides that, there are lots of Java programmers who do the bulk of their work on Linux, and we wanted to see if we could help them out.)

And then there’s our LAMP Post column. For those who are not familiar with the acronym, LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Perl, Python, or PHP. Because those languages and applications are so often used together, we felt that it made sense to have an entire column devoted to them as a group.

Finally, aside from everything that we added this month, we did make one other change — we decided to retire the Newbies column. We had several reasons for doing this. First, we’ve gotten a lot of e-mail suggesting that the Newbies column had outlived its usefulness. Second, we feel that there is still plenty of material in Linux Mag that a new user can appreciate without having a column explicitly dedicated to such elementary subjects.

Anyway, we have decided to make these changes in order to keep up with your requests. We here at Linux Magazine are still working our hardest every month to bring you the best features and columns about Linux and open source software that you’ll find anywhere. We welcome your feedback and hope that you’ll get a lot out of the new material we’re adding. Please keep writing to let us know how we’re doing.

See you next month,

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Adam M. Goodman

Editor & Publisher

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