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OLinux.com.br: Robin "roblimo" Miller Interview

Dec 16, 2000, 13:06 (2 Talkback[s])

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"OLinux: Can you tell us detailed the history and evolution of newsforge since it began?

Robin: NewsForge began because I wanted a site that, unlike Slashdot, contained or linked to every possible news story about Open Source Software and related matters, one that could become a true "newspaper of record" for Open Source. We started thinking about NewsForge in March 2000, went to work on it in June, and formally launched in August."

"OLinux: Later VALinux acquired Andover.net for more than us$300 million. What changes took place after the acquisition?

Robin: Not many aside from the name change, as far as I'm concerned. We now work more closely with Linux.com, themes.org, and SourceForge.net than we did before; VA had already owned those sites. But we were already friends with the people who ran them, so it's no big change. A different signature on the paycheck. :)"

"OLinux: What is the relation and interaction between Newsforge and OSDN websites as salshdot.org, sourceforge and many others? How content is exchanged? Is there any formal relation?

Robin: Each site has a specific identity, a separate focus, and a separate editorial policy. The general rule is to make sure that we only exchange content when it will make a site more valuable for its readers. An example of that might be the NewsForge news feed on Linux.com, which is only NewsForge stories about Linux, not about BSD or hardware. It simply made sense to use that feed, which we already had, instead of creating a separate one just for Linux.com. And on the other side, NewsForge links to appropriate stories published on Linux.com, freshmeat editorials, some Slashdot discussions, and some new project announcements on SourceForge.net. But OSDN sites don't give each other preferential treatment on content exchanges. The point of Open Source is to find the best everywhere, not to close the doors and only pay attention to what your own company produces."

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