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SysAdmin Magazine ceases publication


For those of you who don't know, SysAdmin magazine is (or was) a monthly publication specifically targeted at the Linux/Unix system and network administrators.  I have been a subscriber for the past two years and always find something worth reading in each issue; that said, I do find the bulk of articles can be a little academic and quite often overly complex for the task performed.  As a current subscriber, you can imagine my surprise in reading on Slashdot that publication has ceased!  Apparently August will be the last issue and only subscribers with remaining credit on their account have been informed.  A postcard accompanies the August issue: "We regret to inform you that the magazine has ceased publication effective with the August 2007 issue."  The postcard can be returned for a refund on the remaining subscription; otherwise, a CD containing the archives from 1992-present will be dispatched in it's place.  I hope the deadline for international subscribers to apply for a refund is put back as I usually receive my copy of the magazine 1-2 months after U.S. readers, and I had recently renewed for the next two years!

I find it rather curious that the official website makes no mention of this and nor does the CMP Media website.

I wonder if many readers here are/were also subscribers of SysAdmin?

9 comments
iwm21
iwm21

I was a subscriber and there was no hint in the post or e-mail ... more the pity that we lost SysAdmin - one of the best publications I have read for quick and workable code snippets

tcheung
tcheung

Hi ! i bought a copy once and loved it. is that possible for me to get a hold (order) of the CD archive !?

qkdel
qkdel

What a shame, it was always worth the time to read unlike some other mags, hope they resurface somewhere, maybe with another name.

tr
tr

I certainly would like to have seen more info from CMP; seeing as they are not going out of business, just retiring the magazine! SysAdmin Magazine was my only paid subscription magazine that I cared about! The postcard that advises us subscribers of the magazine ceasing publication is very vague.. While it does offer a refund and instructions on how to apply, it also offers a CD of all back issues with no instructions on how to acquire that CD. I would certainly rahter have the CD than the refund!

Justin Fielding
Justin Fielding

Very sketchy on CPM's part. My postcard came in the post today. I'm not sure the CD's worth an almost fresh 2 year subscription fee.

arley
arley

I see that Dr. Dobbs now owns the samag.com domain but they don't offer the SysAdmin CD archive. Anybody know if it is still available from anywhere? Or anyone have one they don't need?

ascodemus
ascodemus

Hi Arley, I just stumbled also the message on the web that the SysAdmin magazine has been 'shutdown'. Any luck finding a place where to purchase the CD?