goes to Linux Foundation

Summary:After a decade with VA Linux Systems OSDN, Linux.

After a decade with VA Linux Systems OSDN, has come full circle. The news broke today that is being transferred to the Linux Foundation, which says it will make a "community resource... for the community, by the community."

If that sounds familiar, it's because VA Linux Systems promised to do pretty much the same thing back in 1999 when it launched the site. has gone through a lot of changes (editorial and design-wise) since it was sold to VA in 1999, but never quite lived up to its potential. The volunteer-run iteration of eventually gave way to paid staff (disclaimer: I worked for for two years between 2005 and 2007), but always fell short of being the "community portal" VA promised when it bought the site in 1999.

That doesn't mean it can't be done, though, and it certainly needs to be done. The domain could be a useful tool for promoting Linux, if done right. Even without any promotion, drew thousands of page views per day in 1999 -- and is likely the first destination for users who've just heard of Linux.

And it needs to be done by a non-partisan organization, with a mission to promote Linux. The Linux Foundation seems like the logical choice here. It has a fair amount of experience in bringing the community together on projects, and focusing on the site as a focal point for the community is likely to produce better results than focusing on as an advertising property first and foremost.

Have an idea what should be on the site? The LF folks are all ears. They've set up an IdeaForge page to collect thoughts on what should be. What's your suggestion?

Topics: Enterprise Software, Linux, Open Source


Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier is the community manager for openSUSE, a community Linux distro sponsored by Novell. Prior to joining Novell, Brockmeier worked as a technology journalist primarily covering the Linux and FOSS beat, and wrote for a number of publications, such as Linux Magazine,, Sys Admin,, IBM developer... Full Bio

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