March 20, 2009
I recently got myself involved on a new web forum because I saw it as an opportunity to advance the case for Linux and to do so by offering a different perspective than is usually found in the on line community. When it comes to advocacy I like to think outside the box. Many years of involvement with the arts has shown me that the mundane is often at a disadvantage.
Linux Dot Com has recently been acquired by The Linux Foundation who is embarking on an initial journey of reestablishing it as a new site. Whether the site is going to be anything new, or just more of the same with a fresh wrapper, is not clear. To start, they have established a site called “Idea Forge” which, to help people understand its purpose, states clearly on the front page that: “Ideaforge allows Linux.com community members to share and discuss ideas.” What kinds of ideas is left to the imagination of the reader.
The Linux Foundation’s website, however, is much more informative on the subject. Their description of the new site says that it is to be “For the community, by the community, Linux.com will be the central source for Linux information, software, documentation and answers across the server, desktop/netbook, mobile, and embedded areas.” To me it should be much more than that. Their web site itself refers to being “dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux” and they want to serve as a neutral spokesperson to advance the interests of Linux. That sounds like much more than “for the community, by the community”. I’m probably not the only person who thinks that the new web site could play a much larger role by also serving as an embassador for open source and Linux.
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