When I have the time, I like to look around to see what things - good or bad - people are saying about Linux Format. Today I came across a forum thread about Linux magazines, where a number of folks were praising LXF (yay!) and at the same time annoyed that we hadn't posted a review of 11.3 and also complaining that it was too expensive (boo!), so I decided to reply to their messages.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, one of the admins contacted me to say they were embarrassed by what I had written, because it "basically constitutes spam", and my post was deleted. I don't have the patience to deal with that kind of community, so rather than argue my case I'm just reposting my message here so that anyone who wants to read it can. Believe it or not, I really do want people to pay as little for LXF as they can!
(NB: most of the things I say are replies to other people in the original thread - you can read it here)
Sorry, I'm a bit late to this thread.
Thank you, everyone, for your kind words about Linux Format. I would agree with robertsmits that paying newsstand prices in the US is expensive - try the URL we give out in our podcast for a really good price: http://tinyurl.com/podcastlxf
Using that URL, you can subscribe to 13 issues for around US $110 and save half your money. We also have various special offers in the magazine; you might want to shop around to get the best price.
yester64: Amiga Format was awesome! I still have my Amiga in a cupboard, along with a handful of favourite games - Xenon 2, Detroit, Cannon Fodder, etc. That said, I use to pick up Amiga Power too. They used to print one letter from their name on the side of each magazine so that when stacked them up it would read AMIGAPOWER. I remember one chap writing in asking them to make a special edition with a "D" on the side because they wanted to spell MEOW I'M A GRAPE GOD for some reason. Ah... great days.
<< Why LinuxFormat don't wrote about openSUSE 11.3 >>
We do have a review, but it's in the October issue. OpenSUSE is quite unique among distros in that it can be sometimes have a very long release candidate cycle, so we always wait until the thing has been released as final before we even start thinking about it. Owing to the long delay, we put the review online here: http://www.tuxradar.com/content/reviewed-opensuse-113
<< they are outrageously expensive and full of tedious adverts. >>
I don't think anyone could say that Linux Format is full of adverts - in fact, we have very few! That said, I have recently been offering free adverts to various good causes - the FSF has a half-page with us every issue, and we've also helped LinuxFund, LugRadio and OggCamp. I hope these don't offend too much!
Anyway, my email address is email@example.com - you're always welcome to get in touch with feature ideas, or even complaints that we run too many adverts!
Editor, Linux Format
Update: two of the moderators on the OpenSUSE forums have emailed to apologise for deleting the post, calling it an overreaction. My original post has now been restored, and as far as I'm concerned we can put this whole thing behind us.