"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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