Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Sep 2006 21:03 UTC, submitted by Jason Dixon
OpenBSD Pre-orders for OpenBSD 4.0 are now available in the online store. Five architectures on three CDs in a soft-shell DVD case. Check out the highlights of OpenBSD 4.0. This new release adds support for many wireless chipsets, as well as support for the UltraSPARC III, and much, much more.
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It's the little things
by HappyGod on Wed 20th Sep 2006 23:55 UTC
HappyGod
Member since:
2005-10-19

I know it's a small thing, but these guys really need to put a little focus into their website.

It kinda looks like they got their kids to come up with it using Word. It just gives a bad first impression.

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RE: It's the little things
by Oliver on Thu 21st Sep 2006 00:06 in reply to "It's the little things"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Maybe it isn't about hype, but a good os? They adhere to the Unix KISS principle. If the first impression is a "buzz phrase" or a "nice looking Web2.0 page", I wouldn't stop by. OpenBSD isn't some candy os, it's an os for real Unix geeks :-)

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RE[2]: It's the little things
by Wintermute on Thu 21st Sep 2006 03:53 in reply to "RE: It's the little things"
Wintermute Member since:
2005-07-30

That sounds like a bad excuse. There is no need for a microsoft.com or even web 2.0. Just make it look a little bit more proffesional. It wont hurt, it will only make life easier for users as the corporate world might take OpenBSD more seriously.

It's almost like your afraid of having a non-geekish professional looking site.

If it really bothers you just browse the site in links.

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RE: It's the little things
by ddpbsd on Thu 21st Sep 2006 01:12 in reply to "It's the little things"
ddpbsd Member since:
2006-04-29

The site is simple to make sure it works for as many clients as possible. And it's simple enough to easily find things. Finding a link to the CVS/subversion web accessible repository on the ubuntu site is difficult...

Edited 2006-09-21 01:13

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RE[2]: It's the little things
by HappyGod on Thu 21st Sep 2006 03:17 in reply to "RE: It's the little things"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

A good looking site doesn't have to be complicated, and making look and feel improvements doesn't have to mean that it won't work in other browsers.

You just have to know what you're doing.

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RE: It's the little things
by tomfitzyuk on Thu 21st Sep 2006 11:05 in reply to "It's the little things"
tomfitzyuk Member since:
2006-01-25

I know this isn't exactly what you asked, but I think it's a good answer:

8.23 - Why do the OpenBSD web pages not conform to HTML4/XHTML?

The present web pages have been carefully crafted to work on a wide variety of actual browsers going back to browser versions 4.0 and later. We do not want to make these older pages conform to HTML4 or XHTML until we're sure that they will also work with older browsers; it's just not a priority. <em>We welcome new contributors, but suggest you work on writing code, or on documenting new aspects of the system, not on tweaking the existing web pages to conform to newer standards.</em>

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RE: It's the little things
by DoctorPepper on Thu 21st Sep 2006 11:57 in reply to "It's the little things"
DoctorPepper Member since:
2005-07-12

Not to be a smart-ass, but if it bothers you so much, why don't you volunteer to "spruce-up" the OpenBSD website for them? They take volunteers of all kinds, and I'm sure the main participants are way too busy working on OpenBSD to worry much about the looks of their site.

Besides, the people that are going to use OpenBSD will use it irregardless of the looks of the site.

(P.S. I pre-ordered my 4.0 copy! I'm trying to help support open source as best I can, and right now, purchasing the CD versions of the operating systems I use is the best I can do with my work schedule)

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RE[2]: It's the little things
by HappyGod on Mon 25th Sep 2006 07:26 in reply to "RE: It's the little things"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

Ah yes, the "Last Resort" argument: "If you don't like it, fix it yourself".

I remember this was once acurately compared to receiving bad food at a restaurant and the chef replying "If you don't like the food, come in and cook it yourself."

Edited 2006-09-25 07:27

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