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Linux.com: Money or Mayhem for Linux Portals

May 16, 2000, 11:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

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"Without much fanfare, Red Hat Software (RHAT) this week announced that it was laying off employees at their open source news portal. Wide Open News was Red Hat's effort to meet their original pre-IPO goal to "create the definitive online destination for the open source community". Now, the portal is being reorganized to repackage content from its editorial partnerships. There will no longer be any original content created at Wide Open. Is there something deeper at work here, or is this simply a case of business running on Internet time?"

"Interestingly, Red Hat was one of the bidders for the Linux.com domain. Of course, VA Linux beat them and several others (including Microsoft) with a winning bid, and when the Andover.Net acquisition goes through, VA Linux will also own Slashdot.org and Freshmeat.net. VA also puts up the bandwidth, hardware and development costs for Sourceforge.net."

"In the battle for the open source portals VA Linux seems to be pulling out ahead. The other competitors for open source aficionados' eyeballs are Linux Today and Linux Weekly News. Linux Today was acquired by Internet.com and Linux Weekly News was recently sold to Tucows.com. With LWN finally finding the right partnership, the Linux community has "lost" one of the remaining financially independent news portals. All the major sites have sold out to larger corporate entities."

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