Linux Foundation to Revive, Enhance Linux.com Community
Article by George Norman
On 04 Mar 2009
The Linux Foundation has announced that is has acquired the Linux.com domain and will make sure the once neglected web page will be turned into a veritable community resource for Linux users all over the world. On Linux.com the latest OS news, software, documentation and answers will be posted. This piece of news could have come at a better time, now with the “I Am Linux” contest drawing to a close and with Microsoft launching the “Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest”.

Executive Director with the Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin comments: “We are thrilled to add Linux.com to our list of programs in service to the Linux community. SourceForge is demonstrating its commitment to the Linux and open source community with this arrangement. We look forward to showcasing the power of collaboration through Linux.com and our on-going alliance with SourceForge. We intend for Linux.com to be the central forum for Linux information, community and collaboration.”

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SourceForge is the company that used to maintain the Linux domain, but as of January it discontinued publication of any new material to the site. This is a pity since in the previous year Linux.com saw a traffic increase of 21%. From now on, the Linux Foundation will take care of the editorial and community stewardship of the web page. SourceForge, company that specializes in e-commerce and community driven media, will take care of the bills basically; since the Linux Foundation is a non-profit organization, it relies on SourceForge to sell advertising and generate revenues.

"For SourceForge, this is both an opportunity to continue serving the Linux community and to represent the Linux Foundation with our company’s media expertise. We appreciate that, on the modern web, doing both things well is a hallmark of good companies, and we look forward to jointly supporting a successful effort for the community,” commented Jon Sobel, group president, media at SourceForge.

A Beta version of the new Linux.com site is expected to drop in the next months. Until then you can visit the site and submit any ideas you might have on the topic via IdeaForge.



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