Will Backman of BSDTalk (BSDTalk 237) has uploaded a 22 minutes interview with George Neville-Neil (MP3 or OGG) wherein they talk about the upcoming FreeBSD Journal.
Will and George chat about the following – these are just some notes:
There’s already a BSD Magazine, but not a magazine focusing on FreeBSD only
The Editorial Board consists of the following members
- John Baldwin
- Daichi Goto
- Joseph Kong
- Dru Lavign
- Michael Lucas
- Kirk McKusick
- George Neville-Neil
- Hiro Sato
- Robert Watson
Task of the Board is to find interesting content and articles, by talking to those active in the FreeBSD community.
Target market of the Journal is the FreeBSD community (so users know what’s going on) and developers (as they’re not involved in all parts of the FreeBSD operating system).
There will be 6 issues per year and each issue will be around one specific theme:
- FreeBSD 10 (end of Jan 2014)
- Development tools
- New hardware features
The magazine will be distributed through online channels so it can be read on tablets, also offline.
The FreeBSD Journal app will be available for free trough the Google Play Store, Amazon Kindle Store and Apple iTunes. Though the app is free, a subscription is required to download the magazines, or single issues can be purchased.
A 1 year subscription (6 issues) costs $19.99 or $6.99 per single issue.
The FreeBSD Journal will be different from other mags:
- Only electronic, no paper issue, just production costs to be paid for
- No wastage due to spare paper copies
- Just FreeBSD related and FreeBSD specific topics (ZFS, hardware etc)
- Writers are often developers who are also able to write well
App and first issue to be released at same time, at the end of Jan 2014.
FreeBSD Foundation has allocated funds to cover the1st year. Subscription in place to re-coup some of the costs, or all. From next year, any profits will be used for the development and promotion of FreeBSD.
On freebsdjournal.com visitors can:
- Contact editorial board
- Leave feedback
- Advertisers can contact board
Electronic issues won’t be available for download on freebsdjournal.com due to difficulties around subscriptions desktop apps. Journal only to be sold through app stores, at least for the the first number of months.
It won’t be possible to print copies of the Journal. Limited print runs may be available at FreeBSD related conferences.
The 1st issue (Jan 2014) will be about FreeBSD 10. Other subjects are:
- FreeBSD 10 features
- Beaglebone Black
- Kernel related article
- How to run a large data center with FreeBSD (NYI)
- Events calendar
- This day in BSD
This looks all very interesting, and I’m looking forward to the first Issue.
From what you have heard in the interview or read above, will you consider buying the FreeBSD Journal subscription?