"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
"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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