The AppWatch application directory has been closed. The
following letter was published to "fans and friends of
"A letter to friends and fans of AppWatch
August 31, 2001
It's been nearly a year since CNET Networks acquired John
Rowell's directory of Linux distributions and other open-source
software. We're proud to have brought this excellent site to our
ZDNet audience during a time when open source became a key
consideration for IT decision makers everywhere. It is with regret,
therefore, that we announce the closure of AppWatch.com.
Today's economic climate compels us to narrow the scope of our
Linux sites. We continue to believe, however, that open source is a
tremendously positive force in the industry, yielding benefits for
all types of users. ZDNet's newly launched Linux Update site
integrates open source news, reviews, downloads, case studies, and
analysis every day. Our editorial team is committed to satisfying
the information needs of businesses that depend on Linux, and we
will point users to the best sources for the distributions or
software updates we cover.
On behalf of John and AppWatch, we thank you for your support in
the past, and we hope to continue earning it in the future.
ZDNet Tech Update"