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Oct 31, 2010, 15:03 (1 Talkback[s])

"Every month, in preparing the LXF coverdisc, I search the net for hot new (and updated) Linux software. Freshmeat, HappyPenguin, KDE-Apps and other websites help greatly in this endeavour. However, I come across many individual project websites with problems - and fair enough, the developers are busy focusing on the code itself. But just a few tweaks can make all the difference to the immediate perception of a project, so here are my recommendations...

* Say what it does! I've come across many projects where the front page is news, download links and the like, but there's not a single line explaining what the software actually does.

* Have a clear indication of activity. Perhaps by putting news near the top, or a box with the latest version and a date.

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