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Hi. We’re back. Well, not back exactly. We’d just like to take a minute to introduce you to somebody. Somebody that’s important to us.

We promised we’d let you know when we had news–and now we do. is our new adventure. It’s still sponsored by Red Hat, and still shining a bright light on the open source stories we’ve always sought out.

At, we’ll be doing some things a little differently than we used to. We won’t be addressing as many technical topics–but we do hope to address more topics more often. We welcome contributions in the areas of Business, Law, Education, Government, and Life. We welcome new (and old) contributors.

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And for those of you that were fond of our video contributions? Never fear. Our crack video team is fully involved.

So give it a click. Check out the articles. Sure, it’s not the same comfy digs you’d gotten used to, but pretty soon, it’ll feel just as homey. And that’s where we’ll be, for the next while.

Red Hat Magazine enjoyed a fantastic run. It’s launched careers, ideas, and helped publish–and promote–writers we dearly know and love. It gave us experience–and information–we can take to this newer, bigger venture. And now we’ve got a new venue–and a new name–to keep doing the kind of work we love. That kind of work and more.

One thing that has changed and–we think–for the better: It’s not just Red Hat’s magazine anymore. belongs to everyone. It’s a conversation-starter, a place for debate, and we hope you’ll come be a part of it.

And thank you. For subscribing, for contributing, and for reading–at RHM and beyond.

Where have we been?

It seems we’ve been a bit out of touch. Rather than bore you with excuses, let’s cut to the chase. Over the last year, we’ve slowed down—and then stopped altogether—publishing articles in Red Hat Magazine. And some of you have been contacting us to ask why.

There’s really a couple of reasons.

First of all, we’ve been running Red Hat Magazine a long time—under the RHM banner since November 2004. Before that we were a monthly newsletter called Under the Brim.

Point is, things change. We were once a text-only, link-heavy monthly email. Back then, we didn’t write very much original content—well, except for Shadowman. He (and his third-person narrative) have been around a while. He’s seen us publish through email, on the web—we even tried an issue in print. In the last few years, we dipped our toes into the online daily news space with both excitement and apprehension. We launched videos. We recorded podcasts. Some stuff we kept; some stuff we moved aside.

And now it’s time for another change.

We’re sorry we didn’t get around to telling you earlier. But, truth is, we weren’t quite sure what we were doing next. Some planets had to align. Some realities had to be faced. And there’s still a lot of work to be done. But we didn’t want to leave you hanging any longer.

We haven’t forgotten you. We’ve been hard at work figuring out just where we go from here. The content we have is too good to leave languishing in a corner. Our writers are too talented to not see the light of day. We’re working on delivering the open source message in a different way. There will be more info soon, and you’ll be among the first to know.

In the meantime, enjoy our archives. We’ll keep them here for now. Watch the email list for announcements. It’s been a long, strange, and wonderful trip. And it’s not over yet.

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Friday roundup

  • How will we get our media in the future? The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) may have something to say about that. From Newsweek.
  • If you’re not following the Mars Phoenix on Twitter, you totally should be. Because a robot that celebrates Talk Like A Pirate Day… from Mars? Awesome.
  • In honor of Richard Wright’s passing this week, check out this Pink Floyd / 2001: A Space Oddity synch in Wired.
  • Keeping an eye on web stuff: Does the web need an indicator of its truthiness? Tim Berners-Lee thinks so. And, in other news, the Web 2.0 expo seemed to take place without much of a downturn, even with the rough US economic news. (Wired, again.)
  • And to round out the Wired trifecta–and suggest a celebratory activity for this most festive (Arrrr!) day–we give you Pirate like a Pirate. Ahoy, matey, and set the sails for the weekend!

Friday roundup: The music edition

  • A new Brad Sucks album is available. Don’t know who that is? We have a podcast interview with the man himself, and we’ve used his music in our other projects. Bravo for Creative Commons licensing…
  • Speaking of CC, check this out. Attention remixers: Creative Commons and OpenSourceCinema are co-hosting a Call for Soundtracks for the movie “RIP: A Remixer’s Manifesto” a movie about the struggles to keep content free and open. Remixers everywhere are invited to download the movie clips linked to on this page and create music using Creative Commons licensed samples. The movie producers will select the best of those for use in the final version of the movie.
  • “MixMatchMusic brings a new level of precision to the burgeoning field of online music collaboration. If you’ve been looking for a way to make music with people without being in the same room as them — and you already have your own digital audio workstation (DAW) software — this could be just the collaboration tool you’ve been looking for.” Read more.

Friday round-up

Here’s a few things we spotted on the web this week. As always, if you see something neat, let us know.

Friday round-up

It’s the end of the week, and here’s a few stories that caught our attention:

Friday round-up

Here’s this week’s list of what we found interesting. (And don’t forget–if you see something you think we should see too? Let us know about it.)

Friday roundup

What’s the word in open source news this week? Here’s the roundup.

2-for-1: Interviews with Zmanda and Linux Foundation execs and an explanation of the Firestar settlement

Remember Barton George? If you kept up with our Summit posts, then you’re familiar with Sun’s Linux guy, who was all over Boston blogging, podcasting, and interviewing. He’s back home now, but still putting together podcasts from his trip. Catch the two newest ones: Talking with Zmanda’s CEO, Chander Kant and Chattin’ with The Linux Foundation’s Executive Director, Jim “Led” Zemlin.

Also just in from the Red Hat News blog: One of our legal counsel penned a reader’s guide to the Firestar settlement. Totally worth reading if you’re at all interested in IP, licensing, and–in particular–the defensibility of the GPL.

Friday round-up

Just a couple things this Friday, that we noticed in the news and want to share with you:

And, dear readers, if you have a minute? We’d love for you to pick your favorite talks from our upcoming Summit schedule. Let us know what content you’d most like to see, so we know what to video-tape while we’re there.