Linked by David Adams on Wed 19th Jan 2005 22:32 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes True to the internet fashion these days, we believe it's time for an operating system "planet" site. We are happy to announce OS Galaxy, a site fed by blog posts of popular OS-related industry figures, mostly developers. At this time we have subscribed only 10 bloggers, but we welcome developers to let us know if they wish to join in if they fit in one of our categories. OSNews members will automatically see OS Galaxy with the same ad-free, fast-loading format that they enjoy for OSNews.

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RSS link
by Patrice Levesque on Wed 19th Jan 2005 22:49 UTC

The RSS link of galaxy.osnews.com returns a 404 ;)

RE: RSS link
by Eugenia on Wed 19th Jan 2005 22:51 UTC

I haven't written the code for it as yet. Will do sometime next week...

RE: OS Galaxy
by david on Wed 19th Jan 2005 22:54 UTC

Nice work ppls, but my first impression is that I need some sort of top level menu perhaps divided into the blog authors.
Otherwise it a neat innovation for OSNews ;)

RE: OS Galaxy
by Eugenia on Wed 19th Jan 2005 22:57 UTC

Click on "Topics" and then click on the individual Logos. For example, for Novell, you will see the Novell subscribed developers' blog entries on that page.

v Sorry ...
by Kanwar on Wed 19th Jan 2005 23:01 UTC
v RE: Sorry ...
by Eugenia on Wed 19th Jan 2005 23:05 UTC
wrong sort
by Anonymous on Wed 19th Jan 2005 23:08 UTC

The posts on the OS Galaxy main page really need to be sorted by date, not by author.

RE: wrong sort
by Eugenia on Wed 19th Jan 2005 23:10 UTC

They are sorted by date in reality, it's just that I need to add a check on our admin page to recreate the right date. Later... ;)

...
by Anonymous on Wed 19th Jan 2005 23:21 UTC

Congratulartions for such great idea, I visit planet.gnome blogs daily, but now I can see more than on that site.

I like the way this is going.
by p13 on Wed 19th Jan 2005 23:32 UTC

This is a very good idea eug, don't be too intimidated by people claiming you are biased.
You have a pretty good idea there and you should execute it to the fullest.

More power to you !

- Kevin

When is Eugenia going to write reviews again?
by TheCenter on Wed 19th Jan 2005 23:59 UTC

I like the interface comments.

Logo
by Goran Rakic on Thu 20th Jan 2005 00:06 UTC

I am not designer, but hey check this:
http://www.goranrakic.com/osG.png

RE: Logo
by Eugenia on Thu 20th Jan 2005 00:15 UTC

Nice, but please create a version with a size that fits in our designated table sizes: 116 pixels wide. thx!

>When is Eugenia going to write reviews again?

Not any time soon I think... I am really busy with other things these days. ;)

.
by Anonymous on Thu 20th Jan 2005 00:16 UTC

The idea is good. Let's hope it won't become a 1:1 copy of planet.gnome.org, though.

RE: .
by Eugenia on Thu 20th Jan 2005 00:18 UTC

We have 90 more positions to fill up with devs. If you have any favorites, email them and point them to the "join us" link so they can send in their details, and we will add them.

....
by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Jan 2005 00:25 UTC

Great idea this, I'll ask Robert Szeleney if he is interested in this initiative.

Congrats on a new member of the OSNews family ;)

galaxy.osnews
by Cheapskate on Thu 20th Jan 2005 00:48 UTC

interesting, i wish it good success...

RE: Logo
by Goran Rakic on Thu 20th Jan 2005 00:53 UTC

> Nice, but please create a version with a size that fits in our designated table sizes: 116 pixels wide. thx!

Here it is: http://www.goranrakic.com/osG1.png

not using planet?
by Jeff Waugh on Thu 20th Jan 2005 01:17 UTC

Eugenia, you're writing extra code to do RSS output? Why aren't you just using Planet itself?

RE: not using planet?
by Eugenia on Thu 20th Jan 2005 01:31 UTC

I tried but I couldn't make the python stuff work on our server IIRC. Additionally, I wanted to have categories and also comments a'la osnews style, so I thought it would be faster to write the thing. It only took me 3 days back in November, so I can't complain (we didn't go live earlier mostly because I left for vacations in December and I was also too lazy to enter the blogger's info in our db -- I only put myself together and did some data entry this morning, so we went live today ;) ).

RE: Galaxy (sort)
by david on Thu 20th Jan 2005 02:13 UTC

The browse by topic is ok, perhaps you can submenu the topic selector into the categories you have - which then takes you to a subject summary page rather than having all the summaries on the one page (which involves scrolling and a lot of empty spaces)

my 2c

Wasted effort
by Anonymous on Thu 20th Jan 2005 02:32 UTC

Most blogs have nothing to say, and this includes well known figures in the industry (aka. developers). I and millions of others could care less what you did last night, or the night before, or the night before that. Also, we don't care what your mood is for that day. If you have news, post it on a site and you call it *gasp* an announcement.

RE: Wasted effort
by Eugenia on Thu 20th Jan 2005 02:37 UTC

Which is exactly why I developed a special backend to only publish blog entries that are on topic. The *current* blog entries on galaxy.osnews.com are not screened because I needed some quantity to fill up the db this morning for the final testing, but from now on all blog entries that are going to be fetched to our backend admin page are going to be screened and only the relevant ones will be published.

I don't know what my cred is worth these days, but....
by Howie S on Thu 20th Jan 2005 02:46 UTC

I am a regular reader of OSNews, and after a quick glance, I like Galaxy. One of the things I find cool about open source is the community/social aspect. Now I feel just a little bit closer to those people whose tools and products I use. Thanks Eugenia.

RE: Goran Rakic (logo)
by ArcadeFX on Thu 20th Jan 2005 03:55 UTC

Nice logo.

ROFL
by Doctor Doom on Thu 20th Jan 2005 04:09 UTC

http://galaxy.osnews.com/comment.php?blog_id=92">Cute Why not praise Adolf Hitler while you're at it? If these are the kinds of awe-inspiring blogs that OS Galaxy is going to have, forget it.

RE: ROFL
by Lumbergh on Thu 20th Jan 2005 04:16 UTC

Yeah, and that's from Richard Dale who posts here sometimes. Wacky stuff or maybe he's joking around because of Castro tripping and breaking his arm.

Holy Crap!!!!
by Ray on Thu 20th Jan 2005 05:11 UTC

I love it. My new favorite site. Rock on.

Gread Idea
by chazwurth on Thu 20th Jan 2005 05:24 UTC

Eugenia,

The site is a great idea. Thanks for putting it together. I'll probably check it even more often than I do OSNews.

Kudos
by brettlpb on Thu 20th Jan 2005 05:29 UTC

I like the idea a lot, I find myself messing around on OSNews a lot more during the day (on my laptop) since class started up again.

Thanks, Eugenia, glad you don't like the whiners get the best of you.

Background on people?
by Patrick on Thu 20th Jan 2005 05:43 UTC

Wow, this is really cool! I love it, but there are a lot of people that I really don't know who they are. Would it be hard to put a link on their names that would bring you to a quick "about this person" page to give you a little background on who you are reading about?? Keep up the good work!!!

Good idea
by KDE on Thu 20th Jan 2005 05:43 UTC

Looks like a good idea. Hope it gets off theground and goes well.

What refreshing new features does it have?
by CraHan on Thu 20th Jan 2005 07:00 UTC

So how is this different than the feeds on www.planetplanet.org? Most ofthe people posting on Galaxy seem to be the same ones posting on say www.planetn.org , planet.gnome.org and planet.freedesktop.org

Just curious at what *extra* galaxy.osnews.com has to offer over those other blog aggregation sites?

lumbergh:
by AdamW on Thu 20th Jan 2005 07:00 UTC

Ah, so a positive attitude towards Castro is another point of view we are to dismiss as 'wack' without serious consideration? Thanks! Will add that to the database. I don't know what I'd do without your moral guidance.

Seems to be an identical
by CraHan on Thu 20th Jan 2005 08:03 UTC

Since I'm not able to edit previous comments, here's a followup:

Hmm, I just looked at the posts on Galaxy and they're just aggregated from the devs own blogs. Which makes me wonder: why view the galaxy site with ads, when you can use the planetplanet.org feeds without them?

Whoa
by hmmm on Thu 20th Jan 2005 08:26 UTC

I find your choice of who's blog is relevant quite interesting.

Far more interesting than the blogs themselves. ;)

Comments
by N.N on Thu 20th Jan 2005 09:59 UTC

Are the authors somehow informed that people have added comments to their blog? They shouldn't have to check osnews just in case someone has made a comment.

fine stuff to read
by distantvoices on Thu 20th Jan 2005 10:13 UTC

and keep up with it. I like reading rants about windowing systems and sorta. can learn from it for my own OS. *gg*

RE: Comments
by Lumbergh on Thu 20th Jan 2005 10:15 UTC

You know I was thinking about that. Eugenia says there are 90 slots tof fill up. I wonder if she's asking the bloggers if it's alright to put them up. It's one thing for a RSS feed, and another thing to add comments to it. I guess at the end of the day the bloggers don't have much say in the matter though, but it might be nice to ask.

AdamW
by Lumbergh on Thu 20th Jan 2005 10:17 UTC

Yeah, not much positive to say about murdering thugs. You can add that to your database.

remove the portrait photos
by Anonymous on Thu 20th Jan 2005 10:57 UTC

I welcome the new addition os.galaxy, however there is a minor thing that is strong enough to make me not want to read it, would you please remove the small portrait photos of each blogger, maybe move them off to another profile page where one can choose to view it. Why you ask? Well i want to read news written by geeks, but I don't want to look at photos of geeks!

re: remove the portrait photos
by Lumbergh on Thu 20th Jan 2005 11:09 UTC

ROFL

Please insert complete Monologue and planet classpath
by Figaro on Thu 20th Jan 2005 11:52 UTC

Please insert in OSGalaxy all bloggers of
http://www.go-mono.com/monologue/
and
http://planet.classpath.org/

Thats the two blogger-planets, where steady looking for.

Would be nice, to find both blogger-planets under the roof of a bigger blogger-planet.

@ AdamW
by modman on Thu 20th Jan 2005 13:20 UTC

but getting Moral Guidance from Castro is a fine with you?

UTF-8
by dolmen on Thu 20th Jan 2005 13:49 UTC

Encoding is incorrect.

Keith Packard posts seems to be in UTF-8 but OS Galaxy is in ISO-8859-1 and no conversion has been done.

It would be better to have OS Galaxy only in UTF-8 and convert posts in other encodings (such as iso-8859-1) to UTF-8.

A bueeee
by Paulo on Thu 20th Jan 2005 15:59 UTC

A article with the subject Fidel is a hero??. This is garbageee.

Not Found
by Kristaps on Thu 20th Jan 2005 16:13 UTC

What about that RSS? Currently returns "The requested URL /galaxy.rss was not found on this server."
Is there any plans to fix this? ;)

modman:
by AdamW on Thu 20th Jan 2005 20:52 UTC

no, I'm not partial to getting moral Guidance from anyone.

lumbergh: here's an exercise for you - compare the confirmed executions under Castro's regime to all confirmed 'collateral damage' that has taken place in US military campaigns over the same period.

Re: modman:
by Vaporwear on Thu 20th Jan 2005 21:19 UTC

"lumbergh: here's an exercise for you - compare the confirmed executions under Castro's regime to all confirmed 'collateral damage' that has taken place in US military campaigns over the same period."

Or you could compare the standard of living between the U.S. and Cuba or the extent of the democratic process between the U.S. and Cuba. It would be foolish to compare deathtolls when Cuba lacks the capability for much in the way of war. Instead you'd be better off comparing the old Soviet Union and the U.S.

Also, confirmed executions under Castro? Where would one even begin to look for those figures when the Press is controlled by the Communist Party, ie Castro himself?

Sleepbathing...
by Anonmouse on Fri 21st Jan 2005 00:11 UTC

Sleepbathing...sounds like a winner!

@vaporwear:
by AdamW on Fri 21st Jan 2005 07:11 UTC

"Or you could compare the standard of living between the U.S. and Cuba"

or go and compare it against South America. Or, to be entirely fair, compare it against the standard of living *before* Castro was in power.

"Instead you'd be better off comparing the old Soviet Union and the U.S."

Why? Because the U.S.S.R. and Cuba both consider(ed) themselves communist? In that case, I suppose you'd be happy if I substituted some other nation that considers itself democratic instead of the U.S.? How about South Africa under apartheid? Or the 'Democratic' Republic of Congo? Zimbabwe?

Censored blog
by Pier Luigi Fiorini on Fri 21st Jan 2005 08:31 UTC

Well, it seems that only well known developers can publish their blog in OSGalaxy, I still cannot see my blog.

RE: Censored blog
by Eugenia on Fri 21st Jan 2005 18:47 UTC

Check your mail. We don't support ATOM feeds. It has nothing to do with censoring, it has to do with the fact that you supplied us with a non-supported feed.