Many LinuxGizmos readers are aware that LinuxDevices.com has been dormant ever since its February 2012 acquisition from Ziff Davis Enterprise by Quinstreet. Despite the lack of any updates over the past year, the vast LinuxDevices news archive continued to serve as a valuable archive of embedded Linux information, history, and memorabilia; but earlier this week, the plug was pulled and LinuxDevices disappeared from the Web.
In light of this recent occurrence, we offer the following brief eulogy…
May 9, 2013 — Embedded Linux pioneer LinuxDevices.com departed from the web on or about May 6, 2013. The site became a collateral casualty of the acquisition of eWEEK by Quinstreet in February 2012, as part of a bundle of Ziff Davis Enterprise assets. Quinstreet immediately fired all the LinuxDevices staffers and ceased maintaining the site. A few days ago, the site’s plug was finally pulled and it is now gone from the Web, save for a few pages on the WayBack Machine. For more than a decade, LinuxDevices played a pivotal role in serving and fostering an emerging embedded Linux ecosystem, and it was well respected by the embedded Linux community at the time it was acquired by QuinStreet. Unfortunately, the site did not mesh well with QuinStreet’s B2B market focus. Fortunately, its spirit remains alive and well at LinuxGizmos.com, a site recently launched by LinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum.