Linux magazines

Which are the most popular magazines about the Linux operating system that are available in print format or online? This article covers a selection of the ones currently and recently available.

Full Circle

“The Independent Magazine For The Ubuntu Linux Community”

Full Circle is a free, independent, monthly PDF magazine dedicated to the Ubuntu family of Linux operating systems. Each month, it contains helpful how-to articles and reader submitted stories.

Features covered in this magazine include an Editorial, Linux News, Tools, How-To’s, Linux Loopback, Everyday Ubuntu, My Opinion, Reviews, Letters, Q&A, Ubuntu Games, and more.

Linux Format

Whether you’ve just discovered Linux, or you’re a full-time guru, Linux Format has everything you need to make the most of your OS. Published monthly and sold around the world, the leading UK Linux magazine highlights the latest developments in the world of open source, examines new software and book releases, and shows you how to go further with our hands-on tutorials.

Available from newspaper stands, by mail order, and online. Print copies include a DVD containing distros, featured software, extra guides & tutorials. Subscribers can gain access to a PDF archive of previous issues and a download of the Print edition DVD.

Linux Journal

This online magazine ceased publishing on August 7, 2019, and although the magazine itself is no longer available there are a number of articles that at the time of writing remain accessible covering topics such as the Cloud, Containers, Desktop, Kernel, Mobile, Networking, Privacy, Programming, Security, Servers, and Sysadmin.

Linux Magazine / Linux Pro Magazine

This magazine delivers insightful technical articles on a range of topics related to IT technology. Subjects covered include Administration, Desktop, Development, Hardware, Security, Server, Programming, Operating Systems, Software, and Networking.

There are two versions of this magazine though they essentially have similar, if not the same, content:

  • Linux Magazine – for the UK, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, European Union and all other countries not covered below.
  • Linux Pro Magazine – for the USA and Canada.

These magazines are available in Digital (PDF) or Print formats and can be purchased via the above links for individual issues or as annual subscriptions. Trial subscriptions are also available.

Linux User & Developer

The UK’s only magazine aimed solely at Linux professionals and IT decision makers. Every month, Linux User and Developer provides the best in tutorials, features, hardware reviews, information and inspiration to help GNU/Linux professionals expand their knowledge base and perform more effectively in the workplace.

This was a UK-based monthly magazine that stop being published in 2018. Back issues can still be found available for purchase and given its relatively recent demise contain material that is still relevant.

An archive of issues #130-196 can be found here, but are only available to current Linux Format subscribers.

Individual back issues from #111-196 can be purchased here together with current and back issues of other Linux magazines such as Linux Format and Linux Magazine.

A selection of editions are also available for the Kindle on the Amazon store – click here for details.

Linux Voice

Free Software | Free Speech

“The magazine that gives back to the free software community”

Originally formed through a crowdfunding campaign, Linux Voice was an independent GNU/Linux and Free Software magazine returning 50% of its profits to the Free Software community, developers and events. Content was available both in Print and Digit formats.

Following Issue #32 Linux Voice became part of Linux Magazine though there is still content available on the website such as Features, Tutorials, and Podcasts.

“News from the source” is a reader-supported news site dedicated to producing the best coverage from within the Linux and free software development communities.

This online magazine has some limited content available free-of-charge though most requires an Individual or Group subscription – see here for details.

Content is published via online Weekly Editions of the magazine and includes Kernel, Security, and Distributions related articles.

The PCLinuxOS Magazine

“Of The Community, By The Community, For The Community”

PCLinuxOS Magazine is a free, independent, community produced magazine dedicated to the PCLinuxOS family of operating systems. Each release will contain helpful how-tos, articles and reader submitted stories. The magazine and website were created to help users find their way around the OS, while at the same time, pointing users to the proper website for the extra help that may be needed. It is also our intention to promote PCLinuxOS, its remasters and related websites.

This magazine is available as a monthly download in PDF, EPUB, MOBI and HTML formats. The website contains a PDF archive of back issues.

Content includes Screenshot Showcases, Tutorials, Game Zone, Family Member Spotlight, Review, Recipe Corner, and a number of articles covering a variety of topics.

Ubuntu User

In Ubuntu User you’ll find news and articles about Ubuntu. We’ll help with your first steps, give advanced tips and introduce exciting applications.

Launched in May 2009, Ubuntu User is available in both Print and Digital formats on a quarterly basis. The website contains a combination of free and paid for (via subscription) articles. The website also contains an archive of previous issues.

Content includes Reviews, Community News, How To’s, Troubleshooting Tips, and a Discovery Guide for beginners.

Do you read any other Linux-oriented magazines that are not covered in the above list? If so please comment below and let us know what they are.

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