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Nov 27, 2006, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Like any large organisation, the GNOME Project faces a formidable challenge in maintaining an effective Web site. Trying the balance the demands of promotion, documentation, and community coordination is made all the more difficult when you only have volunteers to do the work. But over the past year the GNOME community has developed and begun to execute a well-defined process to refocus and rejuvenate its much-neglected Web presence.

"The GNOME Project was started in August 1997, and for a few years it remained an obscure hobby for free software enthusiasts, as you can see reflected in this snapshot from December 1998. Since then it has evolved, but not fast enough to keep up with the GNOME software, the status of free software, and the trends in Web publishing. Changes are made by patching files through CVS, and the Web site's lack of coherence and presentational style reflects years of unfocused marketing strategies..."

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