Welcome to the new LinuxJournal.com!

I am Katherine, the relatively new webmaster (or webmistress if you prefer) here at LinuxJournal.com, and this entry begins my new blog about all things web, design and development. However, I will start by welcoming you all to the new version of LinuxJournal.com.

We hope you enjoy the new design and features. Justin Ryan, our news editor will keep us all abreast of current happenings in the Linux world in our new “Breaking News” section, and we will feature some great, exclusive web articles front and center on the home page, so please stay tuned for those.

For starters, there is a great article about some free Linux games that I look forward to trying out myself. James Gray, our products editor, brings us some cool info on a super-fancy, “tough as nails” laptop, Bruce Byfield helps us all promote ourselves with OpenOffice, and Dave Phillips has some cool stuff for the audiophiles among us.

I am really looking forward to constantly improving our new site, which now runs on Drupal 5.3. I am a bit of a Drupal fan, and plan on making use of additional contributed modules in the very near future, and I will keep you posted on anything exciting I discover in the process.

I need to give a special thanks to Tony Mobily for all his work getting the site out the door and customizing some cool features that make my life a lot easier!

We'll be adding some cool new features to the site in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to my blog for updates.


Katherine Druckman


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Online linuxjournal content starts at November 4th, 2005

Anonymous coward's picture

Where is the great high quality online content from before November 4th, 2005 which served the readers of linuxjournal best.

Check it out, click on last on the homepage.
No content from before 2004,2003 ...?

Older content

Webmistress's picture

Try the magazine archives for older content.

Katherine Druckman is webmistress at LinuxJournal.com. You might find her on Twitter or at the Southwest Drupal Summit

Dynamic Content

Stephen G.'s picture

Please remember that there are still many people who are forced to use dialup internet connections because they have no other options due to location or finances.

The last numbers I saw from 2006 listed only 19.1% of Americans on the internet had broadband connections.

Dynamic content is pretty and exciting but is very painful for some.


Laxman's picture

Nice. I like it. Great work keep it up all the best.

With Best regards,
Laxman BHattarai

Request to avoid dynamic content

James G Sack (jim)'s picture

Hello, and congratulations on the generally good work.

This is a request to remind you that some people find dynamic content especially annoying. Some even have visual conditions that make it painful.

So my recommendation is to not have _anything_ that moves without user request .. no flash, no animated images, no refreshed content, no marquees, no blinking text, no mouse trails, no unpredictable popups, ...

Not that some of those aren't useful content at times, but it's just annoying to get the dynamic behavior without clicking for it.

There is a perfornmance consideration, as well for things that have to preload before the page display is finished.


Absolute font size considered harmful

James G Sack (jim)'s picture

I would like to add my voice to gripes about font sizes.

These days, every browser allows the user to set his preferred fontsize. By publishing pages with an absolute font size, you are basically violating the user's "ownership" of his own display.

The web design should not make _any_ choice of font size.
The base font size should simply be 1em.

You should test the layout within a "reasonable" range of user preferred basic font sizes. You may find some big surprises.

The web is not print, and I wish that web designers would avoid trying to make it look like print, because it interferes with more important accessibility concerns.

Intended as constructive criticism..

Font size issues.

Anonymous's picture

I was delighted with the new look... Then I noticed all the missing text...

I run Konqueror on Kubuntu, with a 133dpi screen. (A Thinkpad T60p w/ 1200x1600 screen.) I boost font sizes so I can read the screen...

There are a considerable number of places on your new look where the text is invisible or cut off, including the "earc" button over by the red logon and the text below the main banner on the home page, which is mostly gone.

You'd think a linux website would have tested on a recent, reasonably high end linux box, but I guess not.


Webmaster vs. Webmistress

Ted Rolle's picture

I believe that webmistress is the proper term.
However, managing a web site is not related to gender, so I'd go with webmaster.

Re: Webmaster vs. Webmistress

Anonymous's picture

A little contradictory - if it's genderless, maybe Web Designer would be a better term? I see no shame in being a webmaster or webmistress, though.

Since when is "master"

Anonymous's picture

Since when is "master" gender specific? It is a title given to someone who has reached a certain level of perfection in a certain area or someone who oversees something, which is what is meant in this case. I doubt that any dictionary has a gender attached to the word. Let's stop being overly sensitive about this. BTW, a webmaster may not do any web designing but may have several web designers working for them.

Picture perfect?

Anonymous's picture

Do we get a photo, or at least a unique Avatar for you, fine webmistress? Something to uniquely identify each regular author would be a nice touch at the top of each article!

overall fine

Raul's picture

I like the "new" look... but...
In the "old" look I was very easy to look for an article of the LJ.
I do have all the printed, but is easy (or was) to look for them in the site.
Today I was looking for an article,that I remember Marcel wrote of how to make a DVD from a home-made movie... or something like that...
No way!
In the "old" look, I just put (in the magazine part)
Marcel or Gagne, or "cooking with linux" and I had the complete list of the articles by Marcel (with a litle abstract, BTW, very usefull).
How can one simple search through the magazines can be done now?
(BTW, clicking on Marcel Gagné leads to error)


I can log in again!

Nate Bargmann's picture

After too many years of not being able to log in to comment, it works again! It's nice that someone noticed and fixed it. :-)

I've been a subscriber for nearly eleven years and it's nice to see the website worthy of the magazine.

And you still use 'my' Printer-friendly module

Anonymous's picture

Nice to know that I am also helping my little bit..

In the near future, there will be some more features interesting for you and for your users.

Keep updating the print module :)

Also, I appreciate any feedback that bugs on the printer-friendly version may have (my limited test site is no match for LJ).

Big print problems

Andrew Bettison's picture

I like the new site. Good to see you eschewed the tiny fonts that plague the web. You've got a problem with supporting large font sizes, though.

The default font size in my browser is 18pt, because I have a laptop with a 1920-by-1200 LCD, and the usual font size of 12pt of 14pt that web designers assume is too tiny to read comfortably. This kind of pixel real estate is becoming more common as LCD resolutions go up. People will use these large screens, as I do, to get crisper fonts by cranking up the default font size in their OS (actually by cranking up the DPI setting) and sitting back.

At 18pt, text in the dynamic flipping headline bar overflows and is clipped at the boundary. The headings on the right-hand side bar, under "Tech Tip" and "Dot Org of the Week" wrap around without going to the next line, so you get bird droppings on the start of the header. The text under "Subscribe Now" directly above the graphic ad wraps without getting more vertical space, so it disappears under the ad.

Thinking about the elderly and visually impaired, who need to crank up the font size even more, at really large font sizes the top dynamic menu bar text gets clipped, the drop-down menus get crowded, and the red-background highlighting in the drop-down menus gets out of step with the text.

My recommendation in general is that web designers stop thinking in pixels, and start thinking in ems and ens. I know that it's harder to do layout that way when you have fixed-size graphical elements, but that should be taken as a challenge, not an excuse. At the very least, there's no excuse not to test a design by hitting Ctrl-+ a few times (in Firefox at least).

Nice layout

bitbandit's picture

I really like this new layout of the site. great job.


Alex Bromberg's picture

It's interesting version.

I'm a convert

Shawn Powers's picture

OK, I'm liking the Drupal site so much, that I'm revamping our school's site using it. It's been aching for an overhaul, and LJ looks so good, I can't help but use this software.

(PS: Thanks for all the account help, now I can post a comment as myself!!!)

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

Hi, please try to scale this

D's picture

please try to scale this page in Firefox or Opera and you'll notice many artefacts.

new version of

Alvalong's picture

new version of LinuxJournal.com look very nice. go on Katherine.

nice indeed! gray text, though...

Anonymous's picture

The new look is very nice, a big improvement over the old dark dungeon theme. Just one thing- gray text is hard to read. Everyone is using gray text. Well, they shouldn't! Please use plain ole black text. Other than that, nice work!

gray text hurts my eyes, too

James G Sack (jim)'s picture

Gray text (or other low conrast) seems to be the current fad.

Unfortunately, there is no user controllable contrast like there is for font size -- maybe there will be someday, since (IMO) it falls into the category of things that should be a user preference.

I believe choice of a low-contrast text probably does give a better artistic impression, but it really hurts the information value for some people.

Until such time as there is user controllable contrast, I suggest sticking with something closer to maximum contrast.


This is a HUGE improvement

Anonymous's picture

This is a HUGE improvement over the previous design. But... you still need to clean up the code a bit:


Most of it is minor, like the invalid tag attributes.

Nice redesign!

Charlie's picture

Excellent job. I really like the look and layout. Much cleaner (and subjectively faster on my main desktop machine (1.5Ghz Pentium)).



I love the look.

Chris Bruner's picture

I was just thinking the other day that the LinuxJournal.com look has really gone down since the newsforge days. It's so slow and it's hard to distinguish the articles from the ads.

This look though, as soon as I saw it, I loved it. Great work.

overall nice

sepeck's picture

Some suggestions....

http://www2.linuxjournal.com/CHANGELOG.txt still shows D5.2. Probably a front end replication issue.

For your top level categories/taxonomies, consider using Path module to URL alias to;
http://www2.linuxjournal.com/taxonomy/term/19 = /topics/howto
http://www2.linuxjournal.com/taxonomy/term/28 = /topics/audio-video
Same in the blogs section.

Overall, nice site, very responsive while surfing. I like the splash window for highlights on the front page.

Maybe consider a write up/case on Drupal.org? I know the Drupal Association is looking for some more formal style case study write ups.

My compliments

Artem Nosulchik's picture

Hi Katherine,

I just would like to mention that I like new Linux Journal. It's really more clean and informative (it became much more ergonomic as for me) now, please take my compliments :)

Good luck!

P.S. It seems that search section isn't displayed properly in Firefox (Linux): search button covers text box. If you'd like I can send you a screenshot.

I would love a screenshot

Webmaster's picture

I accept your compliments with gratitude :)

I see the search button ok on Firefox on Kubuntu. Which Linux distribution are you running?


Katherine Druckman

Katherine Druckman


Artem Nosulchik's picture

Hm... I've put another comment with the link to the screenshot, but it was recognized as SPAM...

Artem Nosulchik
Linux Screw

RE: I would love a screenshot

Artem Nosulchik's picture

Here is a screenshot.

I run Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 with 2.6.20-16-lowlatency kernel. Firefox's about page shows: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20061201 Firefox/ (Ubuntu-feisty).

Hope it helps!

Artem Nosulchik
Linux Screw

Yes, it helped. Thanks.

Rima's picture

Yes, it helped. Thanks.


Diana's picture

I liked new appearance of my favourite site. It became convenient and even more useful. Too I am a Drupal fan . It is really universal system for creation of a site and the site linuxjournal.com confirms it. Once again I congratulate.

Good Luck

Noclegi w Polsce's picture

Good Luck Katherine!