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LinuxPR: CNET Networks Acquires AppWatch

Nov 04, 2000, 18:33 (1 Talkback[s])

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"CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET), the global source of technology and commerce-related information, data, exchanges and services, today announced that it has acquired AppWatch (http://www.appwatch.com), a leading directory of thousands of the latest pre-tested Free Software and Open Source downloads, including Linux distributions, drivers, utilities and applications. AppWatch downloads will be integrated within the business channels of the company's ZDNet.com and CNET.com Web sites, providing CNET Networks' audience of millions of IT professionals a robust, current source of powerful business applications. During the third quarter of this year, CNET Networks reached 43 percent of professionals in the MIS/technical universe who are active online at work, according to Nielsen Netratings."

"John Rowell, creator of AppWatch, will remain in his role as Senior Producer. In addition to contributing to AppWatch's integration with CNET Networks' brands, Rowell will continue to serve as a trusted guide to the newest distributions and development projects, announcing new versions and maintaining an exclusive database of changes and up-to-date links to all software releases. Since its founding, AppWatch has become a leading source of tested software, providing detailed history logs on the most popular Free Software and Open Source software available."

"Linux and Open Source applications are becoming increasingly popular among today's IT professionals, who are drawn to the applications' power, flexibility and affordability. According to International Data Corp., the Linux market, including embedded Linux, is expected to reach more than $11 billion by 2001. By sector, hardware is expected to total $6 billion in 2001 and embedded software is likely to amount to $5.2 billion. One of several strategic Linux-related acquisitions by CNET Networks, AppWatch will be integrated as relevant throughout CNET's enterprise business channel ( http://enterprise.cnet.com ) and ZDNet's Business and Technology Channel (http://www.zdnet.com/enterprise/). During the last six months, the company acquired LinuxDevices, the definitive content and community site for Linux as an embedded system and Linux Hardware Database, a popular provider of Linux hardware resources. With these three acquisitions, CNET Networks is now able to provide turnkey hardware, software and community solutions to all segments of the Linux marketplace."

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