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Houston-based Linux Journal is dead. Again.

Linux Journal, the venerable, Houston-based publication devoted to the popular open-source operating system, is calling it quits for the second time in less than two years.

On its official Twitter account on Wednesday, the company said it had laid off its staff and that the Journal “is left with no operating funds to continue in any capacity”. Its website will remain online for “the next few weeks” and may be archived beyond that, according to a post on the site.

Linux Journal previously ceased operations in December 2017. At the time, publisher Carlie Fairchild said the publication had “run out of money, and options along with it.” She partly blamed debt that had accrued in the years when Linux Journal was a print publication, which ended in 2011.

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But a month later, Fairchild announced that Private Internet Access VPN, a company owned by London Trust Media of Denver, had “rescued” Linux Journal. Online publication resumed, with a promise that the new owners were “committed to making it bigger and better than we were ever in a position to think about during our entirely self-funded past.”

Contacted via Facebook, Fairchild said she couldn’t yet discuss the closure.

But in an editor’s note on its website titled “An Awkward Goodbye,” the journal’s Kyle Rankin wrote that the publication “we didn’t get healthy enough fast enough, and when we found out we needed to walk on our own strength, we simply couldn’t. So here we are giving our second, much more awkward, goodbye.”

Linux Journal launched as a print magazine in 1994, devoted to the operating system created by programmer Linus Torvalds. Fairchild has been publisher since the early 2000s, and the magazine’s base moved to Houston in 2006.

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The publication attracted some star-power writers, most notably open-source advocate Doc Searls, who has been associated with it since its founding and became editor-in-chief of the resurrected Linux Journal in 2018.

Linux is used for both desktop and server computers, and is the underpinning for Android, the most-used smartphone operating system.

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