The move will extend the site's scope beyond supplying forums on common Linux topics, such as discussions on distributions or "getting started." It will be a place where visitors can find a richer array of Linux resources, expertise, and ways to collaborate.
Jim Zemlin, executive director of the foundation (www.linuxfoundation.org), said his group "looked forward to showcasing the power of collaboration… We are thrilled to add Linux.com to our list of programs."
The site will seek to be "community driven" and will "feature the real Linux experts -- users and developers -- and give them the tools needed to connect with each other," Zemlin said in the announcement of the switchover. The new location will continue the old discussion and forum topics, previously found on SourceForge, while introducing "crucial content, tools, and community services to galvanize the power of this group. It will also showcase information for business users of Linux," he said.
The more business-oriented aspects of Linux are likely to thrive at a site whose board of directors includes representatives from IBM, Oracle, HP, Intel, Fujitsu, AMD, Hitachi, Bank of America, Novell, NEC, Texas Instruments, Motorola, and NetApp.
The Linux Foundation is seeking feedback on which direction the prime Linux site should go. It has an IdeaForge button where visitors may contribute their thoughts.
SourceForge, which also hosts Slashdot.org and the ThinkGeek.net and FreshMeat.net open source resource sites, will continue to be the agent that sells ads for the Linux.com site.
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