The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of its latest Web site in an initiative that is targeted at speeding up the continuous development and quality enhancements of open source Linux.
“Code and online participation is the new resume, and we want Linux.com to provide a framework for Linux experts to help each other and showcase their talent, knowledge and skills and ultimately improve their careers,” Jim Zemlin (News - Alert), Executive director of The Linux Foundation. “We’ve also found that Linux users have a passion for improving the platform. Linux.com is the community’s resource, and the more information that is shared on Linux, the more benefit to all who participate. We think that active participation on Linux.com will result in an easier to use, more robust Linux platform.”
Official sources claim that collaborative efforts by open source developers from all over the world have helped in the creation of the new Web site and this trend was further encouraged by The Linux Foundation from the month of March 2009, the same time when it was handed over total control of the then conceptual and formative brand new Web space.
As TMCnet has earlier reported, in the first few days of March, The Linux Foundation began moving on two fronts that week, offering Linux training programs for developers and administrators and taking over the Linux.com informational Web site from SourceForge, which would continue to support the foundation by selling advertising for Linux.com.
The report continued that the new site would feature collaborative tools, news, information, content, tools, and community services for business users, and that a beta version would be released in a few months. Officials claimed at the time that it was not for submitting changes to the Linux kernel since that function would remain with kernel.org.
The Foundation allowed developers to leverage its Ideaforge web tool during the development process, say official sources, and the new site connects Linux users with developers, showcases their skill sets, and also connects developers to jobs, collaborative efforts and freelancing contracts.
Other features of Linux.com are: allows free registration; provides dedicated blog spaces for registered individuals; allows users to submit recommended solutions for first time problem solving and review products from an online product directory; and, dynamically presents data to exactly match individual queries rather than hosting ‘one time posted, cast in stone’ information.
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Edited by Michael Dinan