SSC to Launch Magazine for Linux Users

Posted on December 3, 2004

SSC Publishing has announced the launch of a new monthly print and online publication, TUX, which will be targeted at Linux users. The magazine will launch February 1, 2005. TUX will address the needs of people who use Linux as the operating system of choice on their PC desktops. Although Linux's fame stems primarily from its success as a corporate server platform, millions of people worldwide have adopted Linux as the desktop OS that meets their home and office needs most effectively.

"These many millions of people who wisely run desktop Linux on their home and office PCs will finally have a comprehensive resource that speaks to them directly," said Marcel Gagne, editor in chief of TUX. "They've switched to Linux because they're fed up the annoyances they find in other operating systems, such as viruses, spyware, frequent crashes, crippling security breaches and 'one-size-fits-all' solutions. Linux is their ticket to vastly improved security, increased flexibility and better value -- and TUX is the guide to maximizing these advantages."

The format of TUX will include tutorials, hardware and software reviews, tips and tricks, opinion, and coverage of Linux tools. The publication was named TUX in honor of the famous penguin with the same name that has become the ubiquitous symbol of Linux. "Tux the Penguin" was created by Larry Ewing in 1996 with a powerful Linux-based publishing application called The Gimp.

The first edition of TUX will launch with 60,000+ copies and will be available on newsstands and via subscription. The cover price of $9.99 US/$12.99 Canada includes a CD-ROM that contains Linux software programs. A yearly subscription, which includes a CD-ROM with every issue, is $49.99 US/$69.99 Canada. Beginning in January 2005, TUX may be purchased at major bookstores and newsstands throughout North America.

Now the new editor in chief of TUX, Marcel Gagne has been one of Linux's most dedicated supporters for over a decade. Marcel is best known for his entertaining Linux Journal column, "Cooking With Linux", where he jovially mixes practical Linux advice with impeccable wine selections. In addition, Marcel has written three bestselling books on Linux, he contributes to several respected IT publications and is a regular guest of Leo Laporte's on G4TechTV Canada's "Call for Help" program.

A privately held company, SSC Publishing has been publishing reference materials on Linux and Open Source since 1983. SSC properties include LinuxGazette.com, DocSearls.com, TuxMagazine.com, LinuxJournal.com, and the monthly international print magazines TUX and Linux Journal.