|Type of site||News|
|Created by||Jonathan Corbet and Elizabeth Coolbaugh|
|Launched||End of 1997|
|Revenue||Advertisement, optional subscription|
LWN.net is a computing news site (or webzine) with an emphasis on free software and software for Unix-like operating systems. It consists of a weekly issue, separate stories which are published most days, and threaded discussion attached to every story. Some stories are merely summaries of articles published elsewhere, whereas others are original content.
"LWN" originally stood for Linux Weekly News. However, that name is no longer used because the site no longer covers exclusively Linux-related topics, and it has daily as well as weekly content.
Founded by Jonathan Corbet and Elizabeth Coolbaugh and published since January 1998, LWN was originally a free site devoted to collecting Linux news, published weekly.
At the end of May 2002, LWN announced a redesigned site. Among the changes was a facility for readers to post comments about stories.
On July 25, 2002, LWN announced that due to its inability to raise enough funds through donations, the following issue would be its last.
Following an outpouring of support from readers, however, the editors of LWN decided to continue publishing, albeit with a subscription model. New weekly editions of LWN are initially only available to readers who subscribe at one of three levels (group subscriptions are also available). After a delay, each issue becomes freely available to readers who are unable or unwilling to pay.
LWN.net staff currently consists of: Jonathan Corbet, who oversees the Front and Kernel pages, as well as overall "executive editor" functions; Jake Edge, who manages the Security page and miscellaneous functions; and Rebecca Sobol, who edits the Distributions page and daily updates. LWN.net also purchases a number of articles from freelance authors.