updated 04:25 pm EST, Wed December 23, 2009
iFixit to offer all repair manuals for free
In brief: MacTech is celebrating its 25th anniversary and extending a special discount to new and existing subscribers. The magazine is also looking for stories and memories from its community, to publish in an upcoming issue. iFixit has meanwhile announced that all of its repair manuals will now be offered for free. The text is being shared under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, meaning that anyone can modify and redistribute the content as they see fit.
MacTech, a monthly magazine, is marking its 25th anniversary in two ways. In particular it is seeking stories and memories to share in its next issue, and offering special discounts to new and current subscribers. Existing customers can order 12 issues of the magazine for $30, a 70 percent discount, while new subscribers can order the same amount of content for $20. The magazine was founded in 1984, initially aimed at programmers. Over the last 25 years the magazine has evolved to cover a broader range of Mac-related topics.
As a special Christmas present, iFixit has announced that its entire collection of repair manuals is being published under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. This means that all of the material will be free, and people can copy, modify, and redistribute it themselves. The collection includes manuals for 91 Macs, 34 iPods and several iPhones. The company explains the move as a way to help users extend the lifecycle of their devices, in turn helping them to reduce their environmental footprint.