packages site: alpha testing

The new Gentoo packages website is coming along quite nicely, and the old one was taken down (again).  The feedback from the testers so far has been invaluable, and I wanted to publicly thank them for their help.  The craziest part of it is that I’ve gotten so many good ideas and feature requests, that taking the site live is going to be pushed back a bit while I implement all the new changes.  I had originally hoped to have it online last weekend, but now, I have no idea!  I’m thinking it might take all this week just to get the new stuff in there.

The new design is in place, though, and it looks awesome, in my opinion.  I can’t wait to show it off. 🙂  Right now, only the testers get to see it — if you’d like to do some as well, just lemme know.  In the meantime, here’s a little preview:


Now who is that little guy? 🙂

I’ve also got a Twitter feed set up now where I’m sending updates about the site progress, if you’re interested in following.

I would cover a list of new features again, but this time I think it’s embarassingly short since I’ve been just fixing bugs for the past few days.  I did get really basic RSS feeds added, but that’s about it.

Here’s some of the planned new features, though:

  • display changelog with syntax highlighting
  • display ebuild source inline
  • show use flags, dependencies, reverse deps on ebuilds
  • show open bugs on ebuilds (thanks to Mike for his help on this one)
  • RSS feeds: new packages, version bumps
  • Compact, verbose views
  • Text-friendly design, for CLI browsers (elinks, etc.)

Like I said, no idea how long this stuff is gonna take, but it should make the site much more friendly and usable.  Yee-har.  Lemme know if there’s something else you’d like to see, and I’ll fit it in if I can, and it’s reasonable.  Thanks, guys.

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