Linux Foundation taking over Linux.com site

SourceForge will continue to sell advertising

The Linux Foundation Tuesday said it will take over management of editorial and other aspects of Linux.com and create a set of community tools around the Web site.

The Linux Foundation Tuesday said it will take over management of editorial and other aspects of Linux.com and create a set of community tools around the Web site.

The Linux Foundation, which sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds, is taking over ownership of the URL from SourceForge, which runs Slashdot among its other Web site properties, and will host Linux.com on its own servers.

SourceForge will continue to sell advertising for Linux.com.

"The Linux Foundation is a natural home for Linux.com," says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the nonprofit consortium founded in 2007. "The new Linux.com will be for the community, by the community, so input is critical as we work to build and fully launch the new site within a couple months. We're inviting everyone to help define the future of Linux.com."

The site will include content specific to business users of Linux, he says.

Zemlin says the Linux Foundation wants to build a collaborative forum where Linux users can share ideas and get information on the Linux operating system. A beta of the site will be released in the next few months.

"The benefits to the community, including developers, users and vendors, is to have an online meeting place where information can be exchanged and ideas can blossom into real projects that advance the Linux platform," he says.

Linux.com is being redesigned as a central source for Linux software, documentation and answers regardless of platforms, including server, desktop/netbook, mobile and embedded areas.

The Linux.com news comes on the heels of a new Web site called Meld that is targeted at developers focused on embedded Linux.

The Linux Foundation said Linux.xom will rely on the Linux community to create and drive content and discussion.

A new section under development is called IdeaForge and includes among other tools a social network for Linux Foundation members and  users of Linux, a career guide, how-to videos and a hardware product directory.

"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, Jon Sobel, group president of media at SourceForge said in a statement.

The Linux.com domain name was created June 2, 1994, and is up for renewal on June 1, 2010.

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