Linux.com is the name of a website owned by the Linux Foundation. The site is currently a central source for Linux information, software, documentation and answers across the server, desktop/netbook, mobile, and embedded areas. Linux.com offers free Linux tutorials, news and blogs, discussion forums and groups, a Linux software and hardware directory, and a job board. The vanity mail @linux.com is granted only to people who are committed to the community and Linux distributions.
Much like Linux itself, Linux.com plans to rely on the community to create and drive the content and conversation. Linux.com membership has an annual fee of $99, with a discounted price of $25 for students.
Originally, the site was owned by Andover.net, which was taken over by VA Linux Systems (which later changed into VA Software, and then SourceForge, Inc., now Geeknet). It was dedicated to providing news and services to the free and open source software community. The site reported 25 million hits in the first month of operation.
Linux.com suspended the publication of new articles in December 2008, but implied in an announcement on New Year's Day 2009 that publication would shortly resume after unspecified changes to the site; legal considerations were given as the reason why the anticipated changes were not clearly described.2
On March 3, 2009, the Linux Foundation announced that they would be taking over management of Linux.com.3