If you are a frequent visitor of the popular Linux news aggregator site Linux Today, you may have noticed the lack of updates during the last few days. Upon checking it this morning, it already has a couple of posts and one of which is an "Editor's Note". It has been my favorite section of the site but I noticed something different this time. –Linux Today’s long-standing Senior Managing Editor, Carla Schroder, did not write the post.
In her place is Michael Hall, a former Managing Editor of LT. Hall informed everyone that Carla no longer works for the site and for its parent company, but gave no further comments as to why she was laid off. However, he provided us a link to a recent post by Carla at LXer.
Although I don't know the whole story or any of the internal details, I think that Schroder's absence will be a big loss to Linux Today. She already has a lot of followers including myself, and her posts always resulted in interesting discussions. I am also grateful for her for featuring some of my articles at LT, which really helped take this site to a whole new level. I'm certain that through the years she has also given a lot of other small sites or blogs a chance to shine.
Niki Kovacs, a 43-year old IT professional living in South France, commented, "I'm sorry Carla Schroder wasn't given a chance to say goodbye here, among the community she's been part of for years. This is not only a shame, but most likely a sign that something's terribly wrong with Linux Today."
As Schroder says, "a rising tide lifts all boats, and the more successful any individual site is the better for all of us". So despite all these issues, I hope Linux Today will continue to post relevant, updated, and interesting news feeds for all of us.
I wish Carla all the best. I know that her talents as a writer and as an all-around Linux geek will take her to new heights and bring her more success in the future. See you at LXer :)