First impressions

“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

* 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.