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PC Week: When worlds collide: Andover.net buys open-source site Slashdot

Jun 29, 1999, 20:01 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato)

"Further proof that the corporate and open-source worlds are colliding: IT software and news site Andover.net today acquired Slashdot.org, the prominent open-source advocacy site."

"Andover.net, billing itself as an "online IT network dedicated to servicing the builders of the Internet," is building a business of offering IT news, freeware and software tools to users and generating revenue from selling ads. The site is now paired with Slashdot, the open-source community site that markets itself as providing "News for nerds. Stuff that matters."

"Slashdot has gained a reputation for corralling the wide ranging views of open-source advocates into one site with news, editorials and discussion forums, as well as access to source code and other open-source materials. Founder Rob Malda (aka "CmdrTaco") said he was working 20-hour days and that the staff, many of whom were volunteers, couldn't keep up with the growth."

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