Geeknet could sell off SourceForge, Slashdot and Freecode

Three of the most popular websites for tech and software enthusiasts could be sold off, if its parent company feels it needs to do so. A press release from Geeknet announced this week that the company is now seeking "to explore strategic alternatives with respect to its online media business, including the SourceForge, Slashdot and Freecode websites."

The announcement said that those options could include "a potential sale of the Company's online media business." Yet another alternative could see the company actually putting in more money to expand Geeknet's media business. Geeknet added that its media properties receive over 46 million unique visitors a month.

This news comes as Geeknet revealed last week that it generated a first quarter 2012 loss of $2.1 million, compared to a loss of $2.4 million a year ago.

Launched in 1999, SourgeForge allows software creators to publish open source software projects for free. Freecode is even older, launching in 1998 and has concentrated its efforts on indexing Unix-based software projects.

Slashdot launched in 1997 and has remained one of the biggest sites for technology news, mostly generated by user submissions. Its founder, Rob Malda, left the website in 2011.  This year, Slashdot launched a spin-off video site, Slashdot TV.

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