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Introducing New Features for Linux Today

Aug 26, 1999, 15:53 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Whitinger)

-- Dave Whitinger

We've been busy adding new features to Linux Today for the past several weeks, and I feel that I'm ready to open the floodgates by announcing them.

Your Linux Today:

First off, and most importantly, LT readers now have the option of customizing their Linux Today homepage. To avoid the overused term "My ..." when describing a customizable website, we've decided to name this "Your Linux Today". By signing up for an account, you can customize Your LT homepage in a variety of ways (with more in development), sign up for E-Mail newsletters, remove certain topics from the newswire, remove boxes on the right-hand column, set your talkback viewing preferences.

Additionally, any form on Linux Today (contrib, talkback) will automatically plug in your name and E-Mail address.

The system is still considered beta, but I believe it's strong enough to handle a full-scale announcement. Send bug reports to me.

Go signup for an account at our login page.

Free Content Syndication:

We have a new backend text file that webmasters can use to syndicate Linux Today content. This backend file is different from the others, in that it has all the content that one would find on the Linux Today homepage, and you are free to use it on your own website.

The format of this file is more complicated than out other backend files, so I also have an example perl script that will allow you to see what the fields are, and how to convert the file into a pretty HTML include file.

Use your imagination here - there are a lot of interesting things that you can do with this information. The webmaster who comes up with the most clever use of this backend text file within the next 30 days will get a nice prize. :-) Send me your URLs.

Some hints: this file includes the fifteen most recent stories. You could have a script get it every 30 minutes, check against duplicates, insert it into a database, and then display a website showing the last 24 hours of stories, sorted by number of pageviews, number of talkbacks, date, etc. Or, how about an ICQ program that sends out an ICQ message to users (who have signed up) whenever a new story is posted, with user settings like "only send me stories who have been viewed at least 2,000 times, or have more than 10 talkbacks posted)...

Stay tuned for even more features who are being developed as this is written!