The content is managed by a group of editors and the owner. Its managing editor is Thom Holwerda (editor), who joined in 2005.
OSnews has been referenced by TIME, Ars Technica, Wired, ComputerWorld, LifeHacker, Linux.com, OMG! Ubuntu!, and lwn.net.
Wired described OSnews as "an alternative operating system Web magazine", and in 2011 Holwerda noted that "while the alternative operating systems scene might no longer be the prime focus of OSNews due to a lack of activity in that field, it's still where our heart lies.".