Essential Reading For any serious user with their lives enriched by touching Linux this magazine is THE essential reading, Andriod phones, Raspberry Pi, Linux Desktop, Server Administration or serious programmer whatever your Linux tendencies Linux Format gives great insight and articles to follow time and again. But enough fan-boy propaganda, what do you get reading Linux Format? You get a solid news round up covering software and hardware, from small (niche) markets to major hardware manufacturers and distributors (Samsung, Dell, Canonical, IBM and Oracle have all featured in the coverage from the last 12 months). The magazine also contains two reader interactions in the form of a readers mail and later a help section. Then there is the best part of the content the tutorial articles, covering between two and four topics per issue there's coverage of programming projects, simple electronics and larger system set ups. Sprinkled with a dedicated sysadmin section, as well as a good range of reviews and product comparison articles.
More than my budget can handle right now. I like the magazine, but as others have stated. The price is prohibitive. If it were in the $3/month, I would snap it up every month. The publishers must remember that this is not the only magazine that a subscriber will have, they begin to add up if you have a few. However, I do like the magazine.
Best Linux Mag If you're into Linux, this is THE magazine to read. I've been reading it for over 10 years now and have never been disappointed. For the people complaining that there should be some savings passed on to the reader, there is. If you look, a yearly print subscription, in the UK, is about $100/year, it's $140 in the US. This price is 30% off a print subscription in the UK, and about 50% off for the US. People just don't seem to realize how expensive this magazine is, but it is totally worth it.
subscription change wow, i subscribed to LXF 3 weeks ago, and it was not this expensive!!! This price is ridiculous. I get my PC gamer magazine for $19.99 a year, and i expect to pay about the same for this (which was the case before the raise). Cancelled.
Top stuff from linux experts I am a subscriber to the print version and have been for over 10 years. The magazine has a wealth of information and regular tutorials. The editorial staff seem keen to get input from their readers on matters linux. Many linux evangelists have contributed over the years. There is plenty for the newbie, but also plenty for experts also. So yes there going to be items that some newbies may not be entirely simple to get into. But that is what it's all about, learning and challenging. As for the debate on digital versions versions, it is probably going to rage on. I would suggest that various tablet market versions may suit the international reader. If you are in the UK then why not subscriber for the print copy as you are able to get digital copy as well.
Great magazine I'm not sure what the complaints about the price are all about - I subscribe to the paper edition (shipped from the UK to the US) for about $140/year - for 13 issues - (compared to $16/issue * 13 issues = $208). The prices through Play have made me consider that as an avenue for getting the magazine rather than continuing the paper subscription as it's less than half the subscription price. The ISOs are available from the Linux Format website without a login (though I wish they'd go back to using torrents rather than straight ISO downloads that they started with issue 169 - if the download fails, you have to start over, and you can't download with a CLI tool like aria2c.) Great magazine, 4 stars only because they tend to focus on Ubuntu a lot, and I prefer another distro.