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Massive response to SA\'s first open source magazine

By   |  February 17, 2005

Tectonic Magazine has unveiled its preview edition, giving readers a tantalising taste of what to expect from the full-blown open source software magazine, due out in March.

The 16-page preview edition is packed with the latest open source software news; in-depth articles on Ubuntu, MySQL, and X.Org by industry experts; useful HOW-TOs and much more.

\”We are particularly proud of the preview edition, as it forms a solid foundation for Tectonic Magazine\’s future development,\” says editor Alastair Otter. \”We have managed to attract high-level local experts for this edition, including Ian Gilfillan (author of \”Mastering MySQL 4\” and lead developer at and A.J. Venter (lead developer at DireqLearn). We are also pleased with the balance of technical- and business-related articles, which is indicative of the direction that open source software is taking.\”

Response to the magazine has been overwhelming, says Otter. \”We expected a good response to a magazine catering for the local open source community but we didn\’t expect such a hugely positive response. Judging by the positive feedback we have received it is clear that free and open source software is very much on most people\’s agenda. Even before we published the preview edition we had signed up hundreds of subscribers.\”

One indicator of how broad the interest is is the initial readership statistics we gathered, says business manager Jason Norwood-Young. \”The majority of subscribers are full-time employees in management positions earning over R20 000 a month. And of these more than half of them are already users of open source operating systems.\”

\”Quite frankly we were surprised at the demographics emerging from our readership base. We\’re thrilled that the concept has attracted those in management positions, as this shows a sea-change in the importance of open source software. It is no longer the strict domain of developers and technical staff,\” says Otter.

\”The feedback we\’ve had from subscribers confirms that we are definitely on the right path at the right time. Open source software is blossoming in South Africa and interest is growing steadily. We hope that Tectonic Magazine continues and aids that interest and converts it into implementation.\”

The preview edition is available for download in PDF format to current subscribers. To subscribe, visit


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