I've had an awesome time working on Linux Format these last years, but it's time for me to move on. I started back on LXF30 - 110 issues ago! - and have appeared in some form or another in every subsequent issue - whether that's writing PHP tutorials, C# coding academies, features, reviews or, well, just about every part of the magazine. It's been a huge privilege working in a job where all I have to do is sit and play around with Linux, and you all have been very supportive during my tenure.
But now things are changing: effective Monday I'll start the process of stepping back from my role of editor on Linux Format. I'm staying with Future, but will be moving to the IT department - after all, if you want to hire a smart geek, you hire a Linux geek, right? Because of what we not-so-fondly call the "Christmas crunch" - where magazine deadlines compress so that we can all spend the Christmas holidays at home - I'll be staying with the magazine for most of my time until January, at which point I'll spend progressively less time here and progressively more time in IT.
In my place, the ever-capable Graham Morrison is stepping up to the plate as editor of the magazine. This might mean you get more KDE love than ever, it might mean you get more music tutorials(!), but at the very least it means you get a somewhat smilier face on the Welcome page!
Andrew Gregory, who is responsible right now for wordsmithery and making sure our large team of writers do what we ask them to do, will become Deputy Editor of the magazine, and as a result is going to be taking a more active part in writing for the magazine.
I'm confident that both Graham and Andrew are going to do kick-ass jobs on Linux Format, and I hope you'll join me in congratulating them on the moves.
This also leaves a gap in our team for a reviews editor. The criteria are simple: you have to love using Linux, you have to want to spread that love to other people, and you have to like Real Ale. If that's you, why not start polishing up your CV?
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