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A Letter To Our Readers

The Editorial Staff Of LinuxWorld Magazine Would Like To Set The Record Straight

The editorial staff of LinuxWorld Magazine would like to set the record straight on our efforts and intentions with regards to what we publish on LinuxWorld.com and LinuxWorld Magazine. Due to an unfortunate series of events, we recently advised our publisher to remove content from a sister Web site of another title that does not adhere to the company's publishing guidelines. The management promptly agreed with our decision on this subject and removed this article. In the wake of this recent controversial story, the company is making the best efforts to examine and remove any other content that potentially "does not adhere to our editorial standards." This process will be completed as soon as practical.

I would also like to share with you a few other details. The "editorial board members" of LinuxWorld are appointed from among the leading professionals and participants of the Linux community at large. LinuxWorld's independent advisory board and the core editorial team(s) have full editorial decision-making authority in everything that goes to print. Technical editors are not staff employees. This is the same as all other editorial advisory boards of SYS-CON's magazines.

This means that all SYS-CON editors - who are among the top practitioners in their fields - are most knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matters. They funnel that passion into the accurate and unbiased editorial content that you look for in the pages of our magazine(s) every month and in every new issue. That is also the key to the overwhelming success of LinuxWorld since our  first issue was launched.

We believe that a magazine such as LinuxWorld, supported by hands-on participants and leading industry experts, offers real-life editorial content that you will not find elsewhere. Our compensation and deep satisfaction is in knowing that we are providing a valuable service that benefits Open Source, Linux, and everyone in the industry. This is how LinuxWorld differentiates itself from other venues. On the pages of LinuxWorld you read articles written by the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the world.

Last but not least, we are pleased to announce that with the launch of our new Web site, we now made all our archived content and past issues available online. LinuxWorld archives will soon establish itself as one of the leading Linux and Open Source editorial collections on the Web as our readers start to discover and refer to these pages on a regular basis. Please be sure to take a look at the "LinuxWorld Topics" section of our new Web site to explore our archived content grouped under a rich number of categories.

Before I end my note, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you our publishing guidelines. We believe in the credo of “do no harm to any person.”  We pursue the truth but not at the cost of hurting someone or trying them publicly without giving them the opportunity to respond. The following guidelines are set forth as the standard under which the LinuxWorld editors work.

We believe in the Golden Rule. In all our dealings we strive to be friendly and courteous, as well as fair and compassionate. We treat sources, subjects, and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect. We show compassion, show good taste, and avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

We believe in complete honesty and integrity in publishing.

We make commitments with care, and then live up to them. In all things, we do what we say we are going to do.

We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result) and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort). We admit to mistakes if they happen and act promptly to correct them.

We avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or social status.

We feel a sense of urgency on matters related to our readers. We show ownership of our problems and we are always responsive.

We also choose to pursue the truth through honest and forthright methods, never by clandestine or surreptitious methods unless conventional methods will not yield vital information to the public We disclose these methods in any story and only pursue them as a last resort.

Our mission is to support the Open Source community by giving them the strongest voice and sharing information about their accomplishments in a truthful and positive way. We also strive to cover the shortcomings or problems we see with Linux and Open Source from an objective point of view.

These guidelines are inspired by Charles Brewer, founder of MindSpring, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Christian Science Monitor, and the values of the LinuxWorld editorial staff.

We want to express our sincere best wishes to Pamela Jones of Groklaw (www.groklaw.net) and wish her the best in her endeavors.

Mark R. Hinkle
Editor-in-chief
LinuxWorld Magazine

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Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Soure Solutions at Citrix. He also is along-time open source expert and advocate. He is a co-founder of both the Open Source Management Consortium and the Desktop Linux Consortium. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Hinkle is also the author of the book, "Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration" (Thomson, 2006). His blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at http://www.socializedsoftware.com.

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