After nearly four years, LWN has finally upgraded its site code. Nobody
can accuse us of having rushed into anything... The following is a
discussion of what we've done, in a FAQ format.
What's different about the new site?
We have changed a lot of things:
- A new appearance, making light use of style sheets. Note that you
can now change the appearance throught the customization options.
- A more dynamic front page. Much happens in the Linux community every
day; it made little sense for the LWN front page to change only once
every week. The weekly edition remains at the core of our content,
but the front page now looks more like the old daily page.
- Stable article IDs for everything. The old situation, where
the daily updates page would be reset every week, is no more. Once
something is posted on LWN, it will always be available under the same
- Users can create accounts on LWN and use them to customize the site.
- Comment posting is now supported.
- The security alert and press release databases are better integrated
with the rest of the site.
We have many other features in mind, but that's what is implemented at this
Are you dropping the Weekly Edition?
No. The LWN.net Weekly Edition is the heart of LWN, and it is not being
dropped or scaled back in any way. The first Weekly Edition published with
the new site will come out on June 5.
What if I don't like comment posting?
A number of our readers have told us over the years that they prefer an LWN
that does not include reader comments. Others, instead, have asked for the
ability to post comments. After seeing what has happened with comment
posting on some other sites, we have been reluctant to add that feature
here. In the end, however, we have a great deal of faith in our readers,
and we believe that they can bring some great writing to the site.
If, however, you really do not wish to see reader comments, simply
create and log into an LWN account. In the "MyAccount" screen you will
find an option to turn off comments; select that option, and LWN will look
as it always has.
What about headlines?
The LWN.net headline feeds (in RSS, text, and HTML formats) work as always,
though the RSS feed has been upgraded to RSS 1.0. We will be adding more,
special-purpose RSS feeds in the future.
How was the new site developed?
The new LWN site was developed in-house by Jonathan Corbet and Dave
Whitinger. It is based on the following tools:
- The Python language, of course!
- The Quixote web
application framework sits at the core of the site. Quixote is a
nice, simple, and powerful framework which is a joy to program with.
- Underneath it all is the PostgreSQL relational database
What happened to all the old content?
The old LWN.net site is still available as old.lwn.net
. The new site has been set up
such that almost no old links should break - let us know when you find an
exception. Some parts of our content will remain on the old site for a
while until we are able to migrate them over.
Does this mean your financial problems are solved?
Unfortunately, no. We are hoping that the upgraded site will be helpful
toward solving our financial problems in the near future, but it is still
not clear that we will be able to continue operations for as long as may be
necessary. Please consider donating to LWN
or running an advertisement
to help keep
us on the net.
What about privacy?
We actually have a real privacy statement
last. We welcome comments on it.
The biggest gap at the moment is that we do not have a search engine
working properly with the new site; we're working on it. There are also
some issues with rendering in certain old, proprietary browsers; we're
working on that too. Doubtless our readers will find other issues - please
do let us know when that happens.
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