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We regret the passing of these much-loved news outlets and offer condolences to all our friends who have been writing for them. But don't despair too much. At least some of their content will continue as part of the "parent" ITWorld site.

On Monday, 12 March, LinuxWorld writers received a communique from Editor-in-Chief Kathy Badertscher that said: "It is with great disappointment, displeasure, nausea, etc. that I must tell you that ITworld is shutting down LinuxWorld.com.

"Yep. You read correctly. Because of the economy and everything else, ITw could no longer support our endeavors to become one of the best Linux sites. Thankfully JavaWorld will be retained, but UnixInsider also becomes a casualty. A bit of OK news is that LinuxWorld.com will live on in an abridged fashion on ITw. However, things will never be the same, and I know we all know that, but we'll do the best we can. There's much more to say, but I'm afraid an email can't do it justice."

LinuxWorld columnist Joe Barr, one of many who received this sad message, told us (via email): "I will continue my column for ITWorld, at least for the time being."

But he added: "LinuxWorld going down is a big bummer for me, I've been with them since they opened."

LinuxWorld, Unix Insider, and ITWorld are all owned by IDG, a worldwide information conglomerate headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, that publishes (according to its Web site) "more than 290 publications in 75 countries, read by more than 90 million people each month". IDG also owns research firm IDC, promotes trade shows and expositions, and publishes books, including the famous "For Dummies" series, among other activities. ®

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