LWN.net is a computing webzine with an emphasis on free software and software for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. It consists of a weekly issue, separate stories which are published most days, and threaded discussion attached to every story. Most news published daily are short summaries of articles published elsewhere, and are free to all viewers. Original articles are usually published weekly on Thursdays and are available only to subscribers for one week, after which they become free as well. LWN.net is part of Eklektix, Inc.

A screenshot of LWN.net
Type of site
Available inEnglish
Created byJonathan Corbet and Elizabeth Coolbaugh
RevenueSubscription, Advertisement
Alexa rank 65,361 (July 2019)[1]
UsersOver 100,000
LaunchedJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)[2]
Current statusOnline
Written inPython[3]

LWN caters to a more technical audience than other Linux/free software publications. It is often praised for its in-depth coverage of Linux kernel internals and Linux kernel mailing list (LKML) discussions.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

The acronym "LWN" originally stood for Linux Weekly News; that name is no longer used because the site no longer covers exclusively Linux-related topics, and it has daily as well as weekly content.[10]


Founded by Jonathan Corbet and Elizabeth Coolbaugh and published since January 1998,[2] LWN was originally a free site devoted to collecting Linux news, published weekly.

At the end of May 2002, LWN announced a redesigned site.[11] Among the changes was a facility for readers to post comments about stories.

On July 25, 2002, LWN announced that due to its inability to raise enough funds through donations, the following issue would be its last.[12][13] Following an outpouring of support from readers, however, the editors of LWN decided to continue publishing, albeit with a subscription model. New weekly editions of LWN are initially only available to readers who subscribe at one of three levels (group subscriptions are also available). After a 1-week delay, each issue becomes freely available to readers who are unable or unwilling to pay.


LWN.net staff currently consists of:[14]

  • Jonathan Corbet, who oversees the front and kernel pages, as well as overall "executive editor" functions;
  • Jake Edge, who manages the security page and miscellaneous functions;
  • Rebecca Sobol, who edits the distributions page and daily updates;
  • Nathan Willis, who maintains the development page.

LWN.net also purchases a number of articles from freelance authors.[14]

See also


  1. "Lwn.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  2. "Leading items". LWN.net. Our first announced issue was January 29, 1998
  3. "The LWN.net FAQ: Site code questions". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  4. Mel Gorman (2004). Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager. Prentice Hall.
  5. Masters, Jon; Blum, Richard (2007). Professional Linux Programming. John Wiley & Sons. p. 216.
  6. Love, Robert (2010). Linux Kernel Development. Pearson Education. p. 409. ISBN 9780672329463.
  7. LeBlanc, Dee-Ann (2004). Linux For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 344. ISBN 9780764568367.
  8. Nemeth, Evi (2011). UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook. Pearson Education. p. 950. ISBN 9780131480056.
  9. Pavlicek, Russell (2002). "Tapping the source". Infoworld. p. 54.
  10. "The LWN.net FAQ: General questions". Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  11. Corbet, Jonathan (2002-05-31). "Welcome to the new LWN.net!". LWN.net.
  12. Corbet, Jonathan (2002-07-24). "The end of the road". LWN.net.
  13. Stephen Shankland (2002-07-25). "Linux publication to close". CNET News.
  14. "The LWN.net FAQ: Content questions". Retrieved 2013-07-07.
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