RedHat Debuts Opensource Web-based Community

Red Hat Inc., a leading commercial vendor of Linux open source operating system, has rolled-out ‘Opensource.com’, a new online community which will be focused on catering to the open source software development community.

According to a blog posted by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, ‘opensorce.com’ is a ‘Red Hat community service’ which will allow members to share their ‘open source stories’ in the form of articles, audio, web presentations, video or open discussions.

Commenting on the newly launched open source network, Whitehurst said that “This site is one of the ways in which Red Hat gives something back to the open source community. Our desire is to create a connection point for conversations about the broader impact that open source can have.”

Opensorce.com consists of several ‘Channels’ or avenues of discussions on topics like Business, Education, Government, Law and Life etc. The site already features articles that cover topics ranging from GlaxoSmithKline’s Malaria Plan to Black Holes.

However, upon further delving into the website, it was found that although users are free to submit content, every discussion channel is moderated by an expert in that field taken from Red Hat’s staff. The list of moderators includes people from Red Hat’s General Council, a former Fedora board chairman and the head of the Red Hat Government.