Any of you who subscribe to this blog's RSS feed will notice that there haven't been any new posts in a while. The reason is simple, and no doubt obvious when you look at the site that surrounds these words. I've been working on the new design since I realized that I could either add a lot of the features I wanted to manually, or I could switch to a Content Management System (CMS). When I first started Linux App Finder I didn't even know that CMS's even existed, but one of the benefits to creating a database of Linux applications is that I find some really interesting ones that I want to try out.
The original site design consisted entirely of custom HTML and PHP code written in Quanta. It worked well for a while, but I started to get frustrated about how much time it was taking to make a blog entry, post some news about the site, or add features like a site-wide login. I resisted the move at first because it would be a significant effort and I didn't want to rewrite everything that didn't fit in with the structure of what I already had. Fortunately I had run across Drupal in a few articles and had seen a lot of sites I liked that used it. After reading through their website a bit, I decided to give it a try. Before I continue I should state that I picked Drupal because what I saw of it appealed to me and it felt right. I never tried any of the alternatives so I can't give a direct comparison.
Welcome to the first entry in the Linux App Finder Blog. I'll be using this blog to talk mostly about interesting Linux apps and the first I'd like to mention is a development kit rather than an app, but it has the potential to produce some great end user content. I recently noticed it in an article on News.com titled: Mapping a path for the 3D Web. The premise is a group of industry visionaries getting together to discuss a potential vision of the Metaverse (aka 3D Web), which for me conjures visions from Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash or Tad Williams' Otherland series.