Nuxified.org Reloaded: Blurring the lines between Operating Systems
I am pleased to announce a brand new, redesigned, reloaded Nuxified.org. It in fact is the third version so the "reloaded" title from the Matrix trilogy is quite fitting. ;)
While the old look may have been decent, it featured the old three column layout spread out over the 100% of site's width with elements being in blocks. This was quite traditional, but not anymore as popular and liked in this "Web 2.0" era, and rightly so. The new design isn't blocky, leaves some breeding space on the sides, has larger fonts, is more colorful, less bloated and was designed to provide greater convenience to both new and existing visitors and users.
The homepage should efficiently serve the purpose of introducing the visitor to the site and the most important of its new content, that being our blog entries and latest forum topics to which most of the attention has been given. As you browse through the content the first thing shown on the yellow sidebar to the right are latest forum activity, which is what is the core feature and purpose of our site. Nuxified forums are a place where you can get help with Free Software, no matter where you are running it.
But let's not bore you with all the details of our new design, for it is best for you to discover all the nifty stuff by exploring.
We now officially support Free Software, everywhere!
With the launch of the new theme we are also officially becoming operating system independent. While GNU/Linux is the most popular of Free Software operating systems it is not the only one. The goal of the Free Software movement which developed it is not only to provide an alternative operating system. Mac OS X is an alternative operating system as well and yet it is not the solution that we are aiming for, or otherwise we might have already all switched to a Mac.
There is more to it than that. It is what some might call a paradigm shift - provide users of software with greater control over it, something we call freedom, and all boundaries will be erased, including the boundaries between operating systems. They are becoming largely irrelevant. If a program is Free Software it is usually sooner or later available on any Free Software OS because both it and the OS have the source code and its users the freedom to adapt each to other. Sometimes merely compiling a program on another OS is enough.
The goal is not to take over the world with GNU/Linux. It is to take over the world with Free Software, no matter which OS is its flag bearer. At the moment it just happens to be GNU/Linux. We're not in for a yet another monopoly.
Blurring the lines between operating systems has the advantage of encouraging less OS fanaticism (or "fanboyism") and elitism and more cooperation and sharing between what were once perceived to be different "platforms". In a world we are building, the era of "platforms" is over. It is all software now; Free Software.
We are here to support all of it. If you run a Free Software program on GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, OpenSolaris, even Windows and Mac OS X and want our help - you'll get it. And yes you heard it right, this includes Windows and Mac OS X users. If you are among the Free Software crowd you may be wondering why would we go to any trouble of supporting people who use Windows?
We wouldn't support their use of Windows or for that matter any other non-free OS. We would support their use of a Free Software program on it while nicely encouraging them to switch to one of the Free Software operating systems, such as GNU/Linux. For example, instead of shutting a user running GIMP on Windows XP off simply because we don't like Windows, we can gain a new friend by helping him with his GIMP use. And he may in turn consider switching to GNU/Linux at a later date, or perhaps PC-BSD. We don't care. We're here to help put you in control.
So if you think this is a good idea, and also happen to like our new look, we invite you to join us in helping others become happy Free Software users. If you are in need of help, come over and talk to us in our forums. What OS you are running does not matter, as long as your question relates to a program that is Free Software, free as in freedom.
Now here is to crushing the boundaries and building bridges in a new Free World we are building!
PS: We have some new Nuxified wallpapers for you. Check them out! ;)