Come in, the door is open

Now to go over some of the ideas that went into the design of the site.

Name: *nix Windows

This is an elaborate pun. “*nix” is a term commonly used to refer to Unix-like systems, of which Linux is one. “Windows” refers to Microsoft Windows. Enunciated, “*nix” becomes “nix”, which means “to get rid of”. Consequently, one of the meanings of the title is “to get rid of Windows”, which is (not surprisingly) one of the goals of this of this project.

Additionally, the juxtaposition of “*nix” and “Windows” could be taken as a representation of a *nix/Windows dual-boot scenario. I always tell people who want to install Linux not to get rid of Windows if they have it. Not only did you pay for Windows (you did pay for it, right?), but you also get to learn something about partitioning, and if something ever goes wrong with Linux, you have a known working system you can boot to if necessary.

Tagline: “Opening the doors to freedom”

The tagline takes the pun even further. Consider the contrast between doors and windows. An open door inherently carries a greater sense of freedom than an open window because doors are meant to be walked in and out of. A window locks you in, as does Windows, but they both serve an escape when necessary. Following the analogy, Linux is the door to freedom, and this works well because Linux is intended to be free.
By using Windows, we lock ourselves in. By using Linux, we free ourselves.

Theme: Motif

I chose this theme because it’s clean and has lots of features, many of which will probably not be used here.
The name of the theme was also one of the reasons for choosing the theme. Motif is the name of the standard Unix GUI toolkit from the 1980s that served as the toolkit for the Common Desktop Environment (CDE). It still survives today, but it is not widely used. The Motif look is included as themes for GTK+ and Qt, the two major modern toolkits.

Motif on Debian


Header Colour: #F5BD0C

The colour of the header text is the Tux yellow (#F5BD0C). Originally, I had it as Linux console grey (#B2B2B2), but it became hard to read after finalizing the background image.

Background Image: man sudo

The background image is a capture of the sudo manpage, with dulled colours to make it suitable as a background.
sudo (pronounced /ˈsuːduː/, or soo-doo; from “substitute user (su) do”) allows the user to run a command as another user, often root, without having to log in as that user. It is a command of power and should be used carefully.

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:
#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.
Capturing the manpage as an image was much harder than you might think. I’ll save that process for a future post.

A lot of thought was put into the design of the site, but it was worth it. There are even a few Easter eggs; see if you can find them.
So go on, enjoy the site, and don’t forget to subscribe for updates.

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