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The Standard: Blinded by Dollar Signs in the VA Linux-Andover.Net Deal

Feb 06, 2000, 19:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Goldberg)

"The media was heavy on conflicting numbers but short on analysis when VA Linux announced a deal to purchase Andover.Net, operator of a suite of Web sites for the open source community. VA Linux will now own the news site Slashdot and the software site Freshmeat, as well as Andover.Net's other properties."

"Whatever the exact price, few bothered with the deal's substance. ... Perhaps concentrated media ownership has simply become too common to remark upon, but Salon.com's Andrew Leonard and Wired News' Joanna Glasner noted that Slashdot is now owned by one of the companies it frequently covers. '[A] linkup between a major systems distributor and a content hub looks like a dangerous combination' to some in the open source community, wrote Glasner, although VA Linux said it wouldn't try to control content on Andover sites."

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