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Another Linux Site Shuts Down

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Published on 19 July 2013 03:55 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Our friends at The H have decided to close up shop. The Linux and open-source publication owned by Heise is no more.

The H had been providing open-source and Linux articles for the past half-decade, but now this is another Linux site that's closing its doors. Similar to other enthusiast-oriented sites that have vanished, they basically shutdown for lack of profitability.

In their closing message they note, "it has not been possible to effectively monetise that traffic to produce a working business model."

Having been running Phoronix for the past nine years, I'm very well aware of the difficulties in running a Linux-oriented site especially when it comes to dealing with monetization. Many companies aren't interested in advertising on Linux enthusiasts sites as it's a rather small niche, and then on Linux there's an abundance of people using AdBlock, etc, that do much damage to the publisher.

Phoronix is able to survive by being very lean and aggressive and frequently putting out much content by doing nearly all of this single-handedly, even though it's taken quite a physical toll on my health with the insane hours required to keep everything afloat. Also helping in large part is also the efforts around the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org.

If you would like to support Phoronix so it can continue to thrive, please consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium or making a PayPal tip. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter via @MichaelLarabel and @Phoronix.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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