The Linux Foundation has long wanted the Linux.com domain name for obvious reasons. For a long time SourceForge, formerly VA Linux Systems, kept the site, but the company has now sold Linux.com to the Foundation.
Sources close to the deal say that the deal was made because, — an all too familiar story these days — the company needed the money. SourceForge, had, in addition to its well-known open-source eponymous code Web site, been in the media business. In December 2008, however, the company laid off the bulk of its NewsForge editorial staff. NewsForge, which was hosted at Linux.com. The Linux.com site then became something of a placeholder site, which held only discussion forum.
SourceForge had announced, on January 1st, 2009, that: “Many of you have commented that our NewsVac section hasn’t been refreshed since the middle of last month. Others have noticed that our story volume has dropped off. Changes are coming to Linux.com, and until they arrive, you won’t see any new stories on the site.”