Another Linux Site Shuts Down
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.
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