The new network, which today launches in a beta version,
integrates content from websites long controlled by VA Linux,
including Linux.com, SourceForge and Themes.org, along with those
formerly under the umbrella of Andover.Net, such as Slashdot.org,
Freshmeat.net and QuestionExchange.
VA Linux bought Andover.Net earlier this year. Originally
announced in February, the all-stock transaction slipped from an
original valuation of $900 million to about $300 million when the
two stocks became caught in the spring Nasdaq crash.
OSDN.com users will be able to create a personalized log-in page
to capture content most of interest to them. The portal site will
also feature e-mail, instant messaging and a message board for open
source community discussions, including a forum where users can
request new features and suggest improvements.
Web communities have played a key role in the development of
Linux, which makes its core software freely available for
developers to append, upgrade and redistribute.
"The goal of the OSDN is to uphold open source values and
support both today's advocates and tomorrow's expanded community
with unparalleled resources for information, communication and
collaboration," said John T. Hall, VA Linux's vice president of
strategic planning. "Together, we are fundamentally changing the
way people develop software."
VA Linux said the individual sites will continue to maintain
editorial independence. Community organizations and open source
projects can also contribute content to the portal through a
community content provider program.
Development sites at OSDN include SourceForge, which provides free
software tools and resources for more than 7,500 projects and
50,000 developers and QuestionExchange, which
provides access to 5,000 developers and information technology
Distribution of Linux-based applications takes place at OSDN
sites Freshmeat, which lists
more than 10,000 applications and is usually the first place on the
Internet where new Open Source software is announced; Themes.org, a community for graphics
and design software; and ThinkGeek, an online store for
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