Best Linux Magazines You Can Subscribe To

Brief: This article lists some of the best Linux magazines you can subscribe to, either in digital format or in print format.

Magazines were a popular source of information and entertainment. They are still popular but perhaps just not as much as they used to be, especially in the print edition.

Easy internet access and the rise of websites and blogs have changed the landscape of magazine world. It’s often debatable if people still read magazines. I am not going to discuss that.

I was crazy about magazines as a teenager. I had tons of magazines on a variety of topics, technology, science, literature, stories and what not. But things changed gradually as I become more accustomed to reading on the internet.

I still consume a lot of information from my favorite websites and through social media, but it is not the same as reading magazines. A few weeks back I came across a print edition of Wired magazine while I was waiting for an appointment.

It was after years that I read a print magazine. And that intrigued me to look for Linux magazines I could subscribe to. And this is how this article came into existence.

Top Linux Magazines

I spend some time on finding what Linux magazines are available, what are their features, how much they cost and if they are available in various geographic locations (in print format).

I am compiling this list with my ‘research’ so that it saves time for you in case you are looking for something to read on Linux and to stay informed about the latest trend in the Linux world.

Top Linux magazines

Apart from magazines, you can also stay informed with Linux podcasts. Podcasts are completely free and share news and reviews more frequently.

Before we see the list of Linux magazines, I just want to clarify, this list is not in any specific order. Number 3 does not imply that it is better than number 5.

1. Linux Format

Linux Format MagazineStarted in the year 2000, Linux Format is the leading Linux magazine from the UK. This magazine is published monthly (actually 13 issues a year) and is sold around the world.

Linux Format highlights the latest developments in the world of open source, explores new software and Linux related book releases. It also covers hands-on tutorials. Interviews with key Linux players is also covered frequently.

Intended audience ranges from beginners to advanced Linux users. It is available only in English.

The magazine is available in both print and digital format. Print format of the magazine also includes a 4Gb DVD.

Price depends on several factors such as the format of the magazine, country of residence and subscription duration. For people outside the UK, there are shipping charges for the print version.

The digital format of the magazine costs $15 for a quarter or $60 for a complete year. The print version is relatively expensive with $150 for a year. You can check the pricing at this page.

All subscribers get the right to download selected articles in PDF format on magazine’s website. Cover disc is also available to download.

You can get more information on Linux Format website.

Linux Format

2. Linux Magazine aka Linux Pro Magazine

Linux Pro MagazineLinux Magazine also known as Linux Pro Magazine in the North America is also one of the oldest Linux magazines.

First published in German language back in 1994, Linux Magazine is today published in English, Spanish, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese.

It is published monthly and includes a free DVD with each edition. This DVD mostly contains a Linux distribution.

Linux Magazine caters to the readership of experienced Linux users. The articles are written on advanced technical topics in details.

Topics include but not limited to interoperability, rootkits, virtualization, and cryptography. Thorough reviews of new products. Practical advice on tools and strategies for system administrators and tips on programming in the Linux environment.

Linux Magazine is available in both print and digital format. Both print and digital format cost $9.99 with shipping. The yearly subscription charge is $99.95 sans DVD. For an additional $15, print subscribers can also get the digital subscription. More details on subscription can be found here.

Linux Magazine

3. Linux User and Developer

Linux User and DeveloperThis magazine used to have its own website linuxuser.co.uk but the website now redirects to gadgetdaily.xyz. The new website is owned by the same company, though.

This made me doubt if the magazine is still published. Going by their Twitter account, it seems that they still publish this magazine.

Linux User & Developer covers tips, tricks and tutorials to help readers do more with Linux system and expand their programming knowledge. It also covers Raspberry Pi projects.

Every issue comes with a free live-booting DVD packed with selected Linux distributions and Free and Open Source Software.

Magazine is published in English language and is available in print and digital format both. You can find the information about the subscription and the pricing on the link below:

Linux User and Developer

4. Open Source For You

Open Source for You Linux MagazineOpen Source For You is by EFY Group, perhaps the oldest tech magazine publishing group in India.

It is published once a month in English language and is available only in print edition.

Magazine focuses on FOSS (Free and Open Source Software). It covers tech articles on Linux and open source for new Linux users, sysadmins, developers and open source lovers. It also strives to help organizations enhance their Return-on-Investment (RoI) by deploying Linux and/or open source solutions.

A yearly subscription costs $120 and is shipped worldwide. The Indian edition is relatively cheaper. You can find details of the subscription on this page.

Open Source For You

5. Linux Journal

Note: Linux Journal has ceased its publication since December 2017.

Linux Journal is one of the top Linux magazinesLinux Journal is also one of the oldest Linux magazines. Like Linux Magazine above, Linux Journal was also started in the year 1994 by Phil Hughes and Red Hat co-founder Bob Young. It is based in the United States.

While started as a print magazine, it switched to a digital-only format in 2011. It is published in English language only.

Linux Journal focuses on a variety of topics such as in-depth technology coverage, how-to, interviews, best practices for sysadmins and product reviews. Intended readership ranges from intermedia to expert Linux users.

Good thing is that Linux Journal is not expensive. It costs just $29.50 for 12 digital issues. If you for 24 digital issues, the price decreases to $49.50. Value for money, I would say.

You can get more details about Linux Journal on its website.

Linux Journal

 Honorable mentions

Some other magazines I would like to mention here. You can see them as free Linux magazines.

  • Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle is an independent, free monthly PDF magazine focused only on Ubuntu Linux. It also has a weekly podcast. Visit the website and download the magazines to read.
  • PCLinuxOS Magazine: PCLinuxOS Magazine is an independent, free monthly PDF magazine focused only on PCLinuxOS. If you use PCLinuxOS, you could read them regularly.
  • Linux Voice: Linux Voice was a popular Linux magazine. It was Linux Magazine (mentioned above) last year and now it has a dedicated section inside Linux Pro Magazine. Older editions of the magazines are still available, for free, to download and read.

Your say

There are more Linux magazines available in other languages. You can try finding them as well.

Do you already read any of the above magazine or some other Linux magazine perhaps? Share it with us in the comment section below.

One more thing. Would you be interested if It’s FOSS starts a monthly magazine or would you rather prefer it to keep focused on the blog itself?

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Linux Journal has officially stopped publishing with their November 2017 issue (just found out today). Tux Magazine took over for Maximum Linux, which was a great magazine that helped add some levity to the Linux world. Linux Magazine (US magazine) was also a really good one that unfortunately fell by the wayside. So disappointing to see so many magazines that provided great value to the community fall off.

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I have updated the article now. Thanks for reminding me of that, Jim.

I can usually find almost every magazine listed above in a brick-and-mortar Barnes & Noble bookstore. I like to go to the store and glance through these magazines and only buy the ones that have information that I find most informative or in my field of work. I find this can save me money. Most of the other information I usually can find online.

Greetings,
Good to have your article on the choices of magazines on Linux. I used to read the Open Source For You when I was in India. After reading your article, I checked and found that there is a online format for Open Source For You magazine available at http://ezine.lfymag.com/buy/purchaseezine.asp The good side is that this is just $33 for 5 yrs.

Definitely i have not read rest of the magazines to give any comparison here. But think some one will definitely would like to try out and may benefit from this. Thanks Bharat.

Hello! Yes, Linux User & Developer is still published. They redirected the linuxuser.co.uk URL to gadgetdaily.xyz as publishers have a habit of pooling content into mega-portals for the numbers. Unfortunately, that means we don't have a website of our own beyond the archive.

Imagine was bought by Future and LU&D moved to Bath and I moved from Linux Format to be editor of Linux User less than a month ago. I haven't had a great deal of time to tweet or post on Facebook as I'm largely focused on improving the mag. If people have thoughts on what they want to see from a good Linux publication, they can find me easily enough. Thanks for the plug! Chris.

Thanks to FOSS am learning a lot on Linux. Mag and Digi News well worth knowing. I try to assist others go Linux. There is so much to take in. Really appreciate your tips. Geoff.

there should be at least 1 FREE linux magazine available online, since linux is based on non-profit business. where is the credo?

well, the article mentions Full Circle and PCLinuxOS magazines, which are free. You can also download older issues of Linux Voice for free. That should give you lots of free reading material.

then you can print your own Magazine, Linux is based on non-profit business so you can use it free but if you want dedicated support and service you have to pay like any other service, why? because there are people working each day to provide service. The magazine is the same concept, there are a lot of people working each day to prepare a magazine to give you the service.

Great article! I've been using Ubuntu since 12.04LTS and still have so much to learn about everything within Linux. A FOSS magazine would be nice. I forgot all about these magazines and will for sure be looking into them. I personally like to read from magazines than the internet. Thank you for the reminder!

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Abhishek Prakash

Welcome Rick

I actually miss Tux Magazine, which was a beginner's Linux pub about 10 years ago? I especially like magazines aimed at "normal" OS users. Although I can fart around with the command line, I don't WANT to have to do much of that considering that we're in the 21st century...

I too remember 'TUX' magazine. It was quite excellent in that it was able to delve into quite complex Linux issues but it was still understandable to the newcomer. I actually still have every copy in paper format as I printed each one as it was published.

I personally like a 'paper' magazine (I have subscribed to Linux Format from the word go, it actually came out as a single trial issue called Linux Answers) as it means I can take it wherever I want to. I often take it with me to read in the car while my wife does the shopping. I am not really a fan of reading online.

It is sad that there are so few tangible publications still circulating. Back in in the early 1990's all of my knowledge came from such sources. Today with the plethora of sites with great content available, it's easily forgotten what used to adorn my coffee table!