Monday, November 10, 2014

Website updates

I'm going to start working on some updates to the website very soon. My plan is to make the site easier for new users to navigate, and make the content easier to read. I do not indent to change the web style, although you may see some very minor tweaks.

So, what's on my to-do list? A few things:

  • Migrating Press releases, News items, and Tech items into the Wiki. This is also a good opportunity to remove stale content (advice that is no longer correct or relevant.)
  • Updating the Wiki front page to make it easier to find what you are looking for.
  • Cleaning up the Software list.
  • Trimming the Links page.

Interested in helping out? I really could use some help in moving content into the Wiki. If you had an account on the Wiki before, you may need to contact me to re-activate it for you; accounts were re-set when SourceForge retired the Wiki service, and we had to run our own. If you don't have a Wiki account, let me know and I can set one up for you.

I am also looking to standardize and re-categorize the FreeDOS software list. My goal is to eliminate any non-free software from the FreeDOS software list. For example: Ndn does not provide source code; does this belong in FreeDOS? We included these programs long ago because they were technically "free" but not "Free"—they allowed people to redistribute the programs, but did not provide source code. At the time, we didn't have other Free programs to cover the functionality, or the program was likely a popular one. But times have changed; it's time to clean up the software list and make sure that FreeDOS is truly Free.

The next version of FreeDOS (when we get there) should include all software sets, so everything needs to be free, no matter if it is in Base or another set. This cleanup will be a process, and I will be sure to talk about it on the email list so others can help replace these programs with free versions. My priority is to look at the list and remove anything that is "closed source," then see where that leaves us. I'll decide next steps from there.