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The Register: VA Linux launches open source answer to M$N

Aug 16, 2000, 01:18 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Andover.net owner VA Linux Systems today announced what it's calling the Open Source Development Network (OSDN) - essentially a content syndication service that integrates all the Web sites bought by Andover.net and later snapped up by VA along with other VA acquisitions."

"The plan is that OSDN will become VA's Linux-oriented portal, unifying the various development and content sites it now owns and allowing VA to capitalise - through ad revenue, collation of demographic data, etc. - on the acquisitions it has made over the last year or so."

"OSDN will offer a single front end to the likes of Slashdot, Freshmeat, QuestionExchange, Themes.org and SourceForge. The sites themselves will undoubtedly continue as they are, but this latest move does seem to be about treating them essentially as content feeds that will pour into a single outlet under VA's control. E-mail and instant messaging services will be added to the mix at a later date."

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