This site is now 100% read-only, and retired. Update

Posted by Steve on Thu 23 Dec 2004 at 19:52

The Debian Administration website has undergone a facelift since yesterday, changing to a more maintainable CSS based layout and adding additional new features.

The Debian Administration website is based upon the YAWNS project by Denny. The acronym stands for "Yet Another Weblog News System".

When it was time to setup the site I knew that I wanted some kind of Slashdot-like feel, however I didn't need the overhead of running a full slashcode installation.

There were many available applications for managing articles, users, and comments but many of them were riddled with security issues or tricky to modify. By contrast Yawns was cleanly written and simple to update.

The code behind the site has gradually diverged from the original software in several areas, and now the templates have been re-written to be based upon CSS and much more maintainable.

I feel that this is a good time to do it, whilst the site is growing in popularity but before it's sufficiently well known that a new look would alienate too many people.

Many areas of the site have been tweaked, improved, or recoded.

Hopefully everything works as well as it did before, if not better! But if there are any problems or you wish to leave feedback feel free to comment.



Nice look'n feel!
Posted by Serge (127.0.xx.xx) on Thu 23 Dec 2004 at 21:09
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I find it a nice evolution! Keep going like that. Just one idea: maybe a slightly lighter header with some debian logo? The current header is quite dark with the dark-blu background and plain back letters... IMHO :) Serge van Ginderachter

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Posted by Steve (127.0.xx.xx) on Fri 24 Dec 2004 at 09:05
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I'll have a look at changing the colour - but I've been very deliberate in not using the reds that are associated with Debian.

I've no wish to make anybody think that this is an official Debian site at all.


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preview comment
Posted by Serge (213.224.xx.xx) on Sun 2 Jan 2005 at 20:35
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I have been posting some comments lately. I noticed it could be handy to 'preview' comments. Just an idea :-) Serge van Ginderachter

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