Best Linux/FOSS News Websites of 2008

The Best Linux/FOSS news websites of 2008 were chosen based on the site’s relevance, importance, and popularity. Also, the freshness, quality, and consistency of the news stories or information that are featured on these sites are essential.

Without further delay, in no particular order, here are the best Linux/FOSS news websites of 2008:

The Linux page on Slashdot is still one of the best if not the best news site for hardcore nerds. It contains intelligent topics and often serious (user-submitted and editor-evaluated) issues and news that readers/members can comment on. The front page stories posted on Slashdot will usually receive tons of comments that frequently leads to interesting discussions.


If you are looking for the freshest news on Linux and all things related to open source software, then you must go to There’s never a dull moment at Tuxmachines as it is always filled with dynamic and quality content. Also, the articles featured there are handpicked to cater all kinds of readers. In my opinion, Tuxmachines is currently the hottest Linux/FOSS news aggregator site on the planet.

Digg (Linux/Unix Section)

This site really needs no further introduction, but I have to explain why I included it. As I’ve said earlier, a site’s popularity and its content is key. Digg, with its millions of visitors per month, has certainly helped spread the good news about Linux and stuff that’s related to free and open source software, so I think Digg (Linux/Unix Section) deserves to be listed here.

Linux Today

Linux Today is consistently one of the most popular if not the most popular news aggregator site among Linux users. With its thousands of readers per day, other Linux/FOSS-related aggregator sites are still trying to emulate what Linux Today has accomplished. Its excellent content is updated almost every hour so readers are never left behind with all the latest news on Linux and free and open source software.


After all these years, DistroWatch has remained the most indispensable website when it comes to the newest and important information regarding Linux and BSD distributions. Its up-to-date distro ranking system, though not perfect, still adds excitement to the site and can still influence how people pick a distro to download and eventually use. Plus, its DistroWatch Weekly column is hard to miss.

I know there are a lot of other great Linux/FOSS-related news websites that I failed to mention here, but I have to narrow down my choices. And then of course, you have to help me choose which one should be included in my "best of the best" list by voting below:


  1. What tool did you use for that newspaper thing at the top?

  2. HERE:

  3. I think you'll find that fsdaily ranks consistently higher than both linuxtoday and tuxmachines according to

    It is the news presented by the community rather than an editor or small team of editors. It is highly surprising to me that you would leave it off the list.

    And, seeing as they link to you on a regular basis, it seems very likely you would have heard of them.


  4. @C733tus:

    Thanks for the comment. fsdaily is a great site and has always been my favorite. In fact, I have placed fsdaily on my related sites link at the footer area of this site for as long as I can remember.

    As I've said above, I have to narrow down my choices. And, I didn’t pick these 5 sites just based on Alexa alone because we all know how inaccurate the Alexa ranking system is.

    Anyway, thanks for bringing that up. To other great sites that I failed to include here: maybe next year.


  5. Tech Source

    el mejor de todos..

  6. What? No LXer? its not a very complete list...

  7. fsdaily is a great site if you hang on every word stallman says and read sites like bannovell, it's not so great for the average floss user who doesn't have those extreme views.

  8. How about Raiden's Realm? (

    It's not technically a full blown news site (it's got news, but not as much as the others), but it's got some great Linux and FOSS articles worth reading.

  9. fsdaily is...not so great for the average floss user who doesn't have those extreme views.

    ...And democracy is only useful for those who vote.

    FSDaily is a democratic news hub. That means you can have your say, you can choose the news.

    If you don't participate how can you expect it to be tailored to what you want?

    If you seriously think the majority of the foss community hangs on every word of RMS you are deluded. All it is is that the people you describe are getting active on FSDaily... maybe you should.


  10. Got to go with Royal HeHeness:

  11. What? No LXer?
    My thoughts exactly!

  12. It is the news presented by the community rather than an editor or small team of editors. It is highly surprising to me that you would leave it off the list.Really very nice.i like it.
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  13. what are the latest news about linux-foss 2010-2011?