A group of staff who recently left computing magazine Linux Format are planning to launch Linux Voice, a dedicated magazine for the Linux community.
Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard are hoping to be launch the magazine in print and digital format by February 2014 and have launched a crowdfunding campaign which aims to raise £90,000 to get the project off the ground. They have currently raised 48 per cent of their target with over a month to go.
The team says Linux Voice will be different in three ways: first, 50% of profits will be donated to free software good causes, directly supporting the Linux community; second, they plan to release content under a creative commons licence after nine months; and third, the title will serve only readers, not shareholders or a board of directors.
Gregory, Linux Voice’s editorial director, said: "If this project succeeds it could be the start of a new business model for the magazine publishing business. Technology is getting cheaper all the time, reducing barriers to entry into the market. And with crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter and IndieGogo, anyone with a good idea can raise the money they need to get started."