Given that a lot of the readers have broadband connections and can download most of the content on the cd/dvd would LXF ever consider releasing a copy at a reduced price without the dvd/cd for those of us more interested in the magazine itself?
Exactly. Practically the only thing I use the coverdisc for is the PDF's for tutorials (PHP, Gimp etc) or if you bung a Live CD on there, I might boot it up. When I install a distro, I want the latest-and-greatest, so I normally download from the distro vender. The only distro I've used from a coverdisc was SLED, but I could have lived without that. tI get most of my software from my distro's repositories: if they don't have a program I compile from source. Source downloads are pretty small, so it's no hassle for my broadband connection.
Give me a magazine that costs $10-12 AUS with no disk over one that costs $17-25 with a disc anyday. I don't see why you can't put the old tutorials on the web: hell, add a 'confirm code' so you have to buy a mag before you can get the PDFs. The chance of them being distrubuted will be exactly the same as if they where on the disks.
I really love LXF, but I just can't afford to keep buying it. A subscripton would only save me about $20-40 dollars. If I could subscribe for 25%+ discount with no disk, I would certainly consider subscribing. But for now I must be content with the occasional LXF, which is a real PITA for following tutorials and the like for examples, and praying Larry and Sergi's plane filled with cash to land in my backyard.