Recently the Linux Foundation took over Linux.com and restarted it with a whole new look and focus. Now, the site includes original articles, news from distributions and applications, as well as release information for distributions as well. Part of the genius behind the design is that much of the information is aggregated from the main web sites, freeing the Linux.com folks from having to enter information every time news happens.
However, that’s just scratching the surface.
There is also a new community edge to the site as well — and it comes in a big way. Registration is free, and once you’re connected, you have a rich social web experience at your fingertips. You get the typical services, a friends list, an inbox, etc. What begins to separate the Linux.com community is that you also get a blog, photos, wall, and twitter updates (there’s more but that’s all I’ve tried at the moment…). It is almost reminiscent of LinuxQuestions.org, but instead has been built around information rather than a forum.
It’s like Facebook for your Linux life, which is great for me, since I like to keep my tech life separate from the other half of my life, which doesn’t care or want to hear about what desktop I think is best. It’s also a very active community: in one day, my Linux.com blog had half as many hits as this blog. Interestingly enough, there are competitions also being held, the current one is for a full-out laptop signed by Linus Torvalds. A couple thousand people have already signed up, and it keeps growing every day.
In conclusion, Linux.com is a great resource for the Linux community. It connects people, it spreads information about upcoming events, and provides information from all aspects of the Linux world. If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check it out, and if you register, look me up!