Posted by Steve on Thu 29 Dec 2005 at 09:02
As the year draws towards a close I wanted to take the time to thank all the readers and contributors who've made running this site such a rewarding experience. Without your readership, and contributions, there would be little point in making this site available and dealing with the problems that arise - so a big thank you!
The site was started towards the end of September 2004, so strictly speaking we've had our first anniversary already. I don't really count that as the official start though as many of the early pieces were primarily posted to ensure the CMS was working correctly. It took a while for some of the bugs to be ironed out, and for the various tweaks to be applied.
Despite that we managed to have just under 70 articles published in 2004, a reasonable achievement in only four months.
In 2005 many more articles were posted both by myself and by outside contributors and all told we managed to carry just over 250 new, original, and interesting articles. A significant achievement.
Of all the articles posted to date I have several favourites. Some pieces were written quickly and I didn't put much effort into them, others took days to finish, tidy, update and publish. Here's my list of highlights from 2005:
cfengine is a distributed system for controlling multiple machines from one central server. I only started using it this year, and found writing the introduction helpful in clarifying how I understood it to work.
Even today these pieces get a lot of traffic since they managed to get carried upon the cfengine website.
There were several articles posted covering various aspects of upgrading from Woody to Sarge - the long awaited new stable release of Debian.
Most of these were well received and they were a lot of fun to write.
Perhaps the single biggest achievement of the year was the availability of the new Debian Stable release, codenamed Sarge. This was something that many people had been waiting for, and really managed to give Debian a whole new group of users.
Other changes within the project were mentioned here, and were positively received by the Debian community at large; most notably the transition to X.org for Sid.
With the new supporters came the rise
of the machines of the community, and the creation of several new Debian community websites. A positive step, and a continuing example of the importance of the Debian user community.
Controversially this site also upgraded to a CSS based layout changing the design and making several vocal users very unhappy. Still the change brought in a lot of positive things behinds the scenes such as a comprehensive test suite which has helped ensure the site continuted to run correctly and was reliable. In 2005 we managed to get slashdotted twice with no major pain!
On that happy note I'll wrap things up for the moment. Thanks again to all contributors past and present, all users, all commentors, and those people that make this site so much fun.
Every single time I thought I'd run out of things to write about somebody would make a useful suggestion and the site kept coming. So here's to a happy 2006
We'll return to our more usual updates in the New Year.
Update: I've made the site archive available now. This lists all the articles published month by month. And allows people to easily move back and forth in the articles - more easily than via the front-page.