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Re: New website layout / design contest?

Christoph Haas wrote:
> On Tuesday 05 September 2006 04:16, Matej Cepl wrote:
> > Paul Belanger wrote:
> > > After all, the point of any distribution is to sell it to a user.
> >
> > It is not. For example, Debian Developers usually don't care how many
> > users is Debian sold to. And that is a good thing.
> If you think of the monetary aspect: okay. But if you think of "selling 
> something to someone" in the meaning of promotion then I'll definitely 
> second that debian.org's web site is not very appealing. It does its job 
> and is functional - but it is not very nifty. And by the way I *do* care 
> how many users use my packages or Debian altogether. It's nicer to 
> maintain something that 1000 people use than something that is just 
> rotting in the archives.
> I remotely remember that the last time this topic came up the thread was 
> closed with a "this is not a high priority - we are dedicated to deliver 
> the best operating system, not the best web site" statement. No doubt 
> about that. But people like something nice for their eyes, too. When I 
> started playing around with Debian I was surprised about debian.org. So 
> many people used Debian privately and professionally but the web site just 
> didn't reflect that. Many people judge a product (or in our case: an 
> operating system) by the first look. And as Debian is technically well 
> done I believe it deserves a good public appearance, too.
> I'm not a member of the web team but I could imagine contributing to it 
> even though I'm not the greatest web programmer of all times. Perhaps a 
> contest may be nice. (But if the result looks as ugly as Ubuntu's web site 
> I'm scared already. ;)  ) Whatever it turns out I'm pretty sure that it's 
> time for a redesign. Perhaps not pre-Etch though.

Well, you can always checkout the current website, improve it and
apply patches.  On <http://www.debian.org/devel/website/> is described
how it works.

I'm interested in patches and proposals.



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