Linux Foundation takes on Linux.com

Linux Foundation takes on Linux.com

Summary: Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin offered nothing but praise to Sourceforge, noting they could have sold the name to the highest bidder but chose to approach the foundation instead.

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The Linux Foundation finally owns Linux.com.

Sourceforge, the previous owner, has transferred the domain to the foundation, and agreed to sell ads on the site. The Linux Foundation agreed, in turn, to handle editorial and community stewardship.

This looks like true creative destruction in action. The Linux Foundation gets its site and the opportunity to build news and forums into the address. Sourceforge gets a chance to sell advertising and reduces its costs.

Sourceforge had suspended publication of news on the site in December. Former Linux.com writer Bruce Byfield described how he replaced his income from the site in a January 3 blog post. He continues to survive hiccups and wrote a piece about the transfer for his new bosses yesterday.

Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin offered nothing but praise to Sourceforge, noting they could have sold the name to the highest bidder but chose to approach the foundation instead.

At one time Linux.com claimed to serve 25 million users at the site. How many will it have a year from now? The foundation seems intent on letting users and developers direct the site for now, with no indications that editorial additions are imminent.

Got any ideas?

Topics: Operating Systems, Linux, Open Source, Software

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  • it can run free Linux ads

    for real Linux companies, and host adds against M$ from its competitors for a small fee.
    Apple comes to mind!
    Linux Geek
    • There are lots of Linux application vendors

      And they might like a cost-effective ad outlet
      targeted at their needs.

      Trouble is Linux Foundation has never struck me
      as an outfit that wants to be in the publishing
      business. They're taking the "editorial"
      responsibility but leaving the ad sales to
      Sourceforge.
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • RE: Linux Foundation takes on Linux.com

    A small correction: I may do some writing for the new Linux.com, but the Linux Foundation is not my "new bosses" -- I'm a freelancer, and, so far as I know or expect, any work I do for the Foundation in the future will be on that basis.

    - Bruce Byfield
    BruceByfield
    • I don't think I said that

      I didn't think I was calling the Linux
      Foundation your new boss. I linked to your
      January 3 piece showing you had left, a later
      piece showing you had gotten new work, and a
      Datamation story you just wrote talking about
      the background you know on what happened.

      Congratulations on the new gig, by the way.
      Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
      DanaBlankenhorn
      • Re: I don't think I said that

        Oh, I see: you were talking about Datamation. I thought you were referring to the Linux Foundation, so I thought I should make clear the relationship.

        I didn't realize you meant Datamation because I've been writing for the site for a couple of years.

        Thanks for the congratulations anyway, though. I feel very lucky to be writing for Datamation, and appreciate the sentiment.
        BruceByfield