This story by a leading media-analysis Web site questions
whether slashdot can retain its independence as VA Linux goes
through financial difficulties. Considering that Hemos, Taco, and
their crew have done a pretty good job in retaining their
independence to date under VA's ownership, we'd argue that many of
the concerns laid out here are of more interest to media insiders
than the Linux community.
"By casting its lot with the companies that hope to profit from
open source, Slashdot was able to beef up its staff, improve the
site and in those heady days, one presumes, dream of making a bit
of money for its founders. In the process, however, the Web site
tied itself to what has been a cratering market for Linux startups.
The bigger companies were now stepping in to seize the market space
-- IBM, Dell and Compaq are now major players, with IBM alone
planning to spend $1 billion to promote its Linux business in
"And now, if the fears of Slashdot regulars, and some analysts,
have any weight, the decision to join up with the marketplace could
lead to a radically changed site, or perhaps even threaten its
long-term viability. No matter how things shake out, the Slashdot
story illustrates the difficulties a fiercely independent site
faces once it signs away its independence."
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