“I will be performing some maintenance on the web server and the forums . . . . Apologies for any inconvenience,” Philip Newborough said yesterday before begging our pardon, regarding the fact that the site and server could be down for a little while.
Yet when it came back today, CrunchBang now has a new, and very much improved, web presence on its new site. There is a lot more information available about CrunchBang right off the bat, and the forums — arguably the best in the wider Linux world — are a lot cleaner and easier to read.
In a few words: I. Love. It.
To be sure, the new site takes a little getting used to, and the navigating to the forums — what was once an almost autopilot move — took a little looking at first (big hint: Click on the Community button in the upper right). Also, want to find something? Yes, the search field in the upper right is gone, but just click on the magnifying glass in the upper right, and you’re ready to find what you’re looking for.
It seems that Corenominal has “lightened up” — that is, the background is no longer #000000 and, to paraphrase one person who posted on the forums, “grey is the new black.” While there might be some loss in contrast, it still looks very clean.
All of all, the changes are not that radical. For those who are not that jazzed about change, these changes in the site are easily adaptable because they’re somewhat intuitive. In addition, the panels of information one can read using the arrow keys on either side of the panels is very informative.
The only drawback for me — and it’s a personal one — is that now I have to try to match the background of this blog to the background of the forums. But never mind — CrunchBang is moving up in the FOSS world, and the new site is one sign that it’s moving in the right direction.
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Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.