Year Two

Well, FOSSwire, we've had some ups and downs, but overall it's been a good year. We now have quite a reader base compared to when we started.

But now isn't the time for reminiscing. (really, never is the time.)

You may have noticed some changes around here. Did FOSSwire get a haircut? You'll have to figure that out for yourself. But we did add several new features:

  • Tabs: Now, instead of a bajillion categories, we now only have five, and they are shown as tabs at the top of the page. Who doesn't like tabs?
  • Tags: This is where the mass amounts of categories were thrown. We didn't really know what to do with this new feature in WordPress 2.3, so we're just using it as our new category home.
  • The Metabar: Chris calls this the √úberbar. To each their own. The important thing is this is home to many more features, including:
    • GNOME vs KDE vs XFCE wars
    • FOSSwire Video: Yep, we finally support video. Expect many more posts to have this feature.
    • PkgBase Automatic Installers: This is what we were suggesting with this post. You can now enjoy a one-click style install feature for systems that support it. And for those that don't, instructions are given.
    • Expertise Level: Know before you read a post how difficult it will be to do. Most commonly used in the Tips & Tutorials section.
  • Post Ratings: For anything that can be reviewed, such as a software or game release, we can now assign a rating out of 10 to it.
  • Caching: You won't notice anything (other than comments being delayed) except for the site running a lot faster. We're using a custom-built caching system that is by far faster than WP-Cache.

Those are most of the features, but we've made some cosmetic changes here and there. We think you'll like it.

Special thanks to Peter, who kept posting away while I was coding away, and to Chris, who did the design and kept me focused on getting this done.

Welcome to Year Two.

Avatar for jacob Jacob Peddicord - http://jacob.peddicord.net/

Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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Discussion: Year Two

  1. Peter (guest)

    # Posted on 28 October 2007 at 02:28 PM

    Huge props to both Jacob and Chris for all their effort on pushing out the new FOSSwire - here's to another year!



  2. Joel (guest)

    # Posted on 28 October 2007 at 02:52 PM

    Congrats, guys, on the great site and its second year.



  3. Steve (guest)

    # Posted on 28 October 2007 at 04:03 PM

    \o/ Great job guys!



  4. scabrous1 (guest)

    # Posted on 29 October 2007 at 10:36 AM

    So, where is this "Meta-Uber Bar" thing? I see the tabs and the tags, but nothing on this page leaps out to me to say "Meta-Uber Bar".

    :-)



  5. Huw (guest)

    # Posted on 30 October 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Massive congratulations. I seem to end up saying that a lot to Team FW!



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