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Announcements Software Linux Relaunched Under New Management 70

mikesd81 writes " has been relaunched under the direction of the Linux Foundation. The goal of the site is supposed to be a community hub that lets the Linux community participate and contribute their knowledge. An initial look as the site is today makes it look like a news site. Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin insists that the plan wasn't for to be a breaking news organization but rather as a resource for the Linux community as a whole."
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  • ...where's the Ubuntu logo? Just kidding hold your horses...
  • by eln ( 21727 ) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @03:18PM (#27942127)

    Look everyone, a tech news aggregator! What an original idea...this will be revolutionary. Can the year of Linux on the desktop be far behind now?

  • by mc1138 ( 718275 ) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @03:19PM (#27942139) Homepage
    I like the look, I like the layout, now lets just hope that it follows through as intended. If so, this could be a great resource for both experienced pros as well as new users.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    What is it running on? Windows?

  • It's about time... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Stachybotris ( 936861 ) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @03:20PM (#27942177)
    I had just purged the RSS feed for their site from Firefox last night since I got sick of seeing nothing change since January 1st.

    I'm glad to see that they're back up an running, and even more so now that they're providing more than just news. Here's to hoping that the site flourishes and maintains what I've come to expect so far plus more.
  • They have a section called "DistributionCentral" that's supposed to give lists of popular, desktop, embedded, server, etc. distros and then descriptions of those. All the links want authentication credentials. Screw that. Publish your site or don't. Don't stick up a bunch of publicly available info on the public portion of your site and then set it to require authentication because you don't have the code or markup templates ready just yet.

  • For newbies? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hkz ( 1266066 ) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @03:47PM (#27942637)

    When I first became interested in Linux around 2005 or so and wanted to find out more about it, one of the first sites I tried was (Hey, why not, I learnt about distros a little while later.) What a mess it was. The new site is a lot better, but I still don't think it has the portal quality that a site with the standing of "" needs. Where is the elevator pitch about what Linux is, where is the explanation of the ways it's similar to Windows and the ways it's not? Instead we get press releases from the Linux Foundation. Think of the other 95% of the world when you're scaping, guys.

    • Re:For newbies? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by skeeto ( 1138903 ) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:29PM (#27943327)
      If you think that was bad, check out right now. It's probably one of the most worthless websites out there, yet it gets to sit at #1 in search results for "linux" because too many people foolishly link to it.
    • Re:For newbies? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:50PM (#27943669)
      Sadly, and all-too-typical problem with OSS sites. An opening page full of bug fixes, version numbers, etc. and not a single paragraph explaining what the OSS app actually *IS* and *DOES*. Too many of these pages (and apps) are written by code monkeys who think they don't need to bring in actual writers or graphic designers.
      • Sadly, and all-too-typical problem with OSS sites.

        Try extracting anything useful from Sourceforge - and did I mention that you have to register before you can take a look around, poke the tires?

        • by rastos1 ( 601318 )

          Try extracting anything useful from Sourceforge - and did I mention that you have to register before you can take a look around, poke the tires?

          What do you mean? This [] is a link to Scribus project. The description and download link is right there. Screenshots just a click away. No registration required.

  • After seeing this (Score:5, Informative)

    by just_another_sean ( 919159 ) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:32PM (#27943363) Journal

    and having a soft spot in my heart for them since I discovered Linux in 1995 I still think [] and The LDP [] are way better then this...

    • by drijen ( 919269 )

      This site commits the sin of "click here to read the story -> "oh wait, click here again please, to be sent to the actual story".

      Further fail, for being flash driven, and having those ridiculous cnet buttons plastered everywhere. Even worse, the comments system looks like it has been ripped straight from some of those craptacular "PC for morons" sites.

      Way to take a great idea and garbage it.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Since at least 1998 they have had that same ugly, ugly layout and worthless lists of Linux distros. It's like a crystallization of what was wrong with the OSS community in the 90's. Want to use Linux? No problem, here's a big list of distros that will be completely meaningless to you. Ubuntu is in there, but it's down at the bottom, way below Slackware and MkLinux, which (for all you know) are more popular and easier to use than it. This site was an epic failure in the 90's, and it still is, unfortunately.
  • WTF is it with web designers that insist on stealing my bandwith with their incessant flash crap. Maybe I'll just start linking to your !@#$%! crap with every spambot on the planet till your server melts!

    Hey! take that gleeful smile off your face.

    /fires up lynx/

  • Registered on, never got an email confirmation, yet I can retrieve my username with the 'forgot username' form (confirmation that I didn't have a typo), but my account is locked out because it was never activated. Rock on,

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