New front page graphics layout FreeBSD
Status: Closed Time to complete: 120 hrs Mentors: Wojciech A. Koszek, Glen Barber, Jakub Klama Tags: homepage, HTML, design, FreeBSD, web

Description of a task

Current page of The FreeBSD Project doesn't meet our expectations. We think new page layout must be created. New page must meet all new design goals and usability metrics. New page must be beautiful.

Page should conform all Web 2.0 style standards. It must be minimalistic, yet very practical. It must contain one drop-down menu with most popular options. Additionally, it must contain columns of the most crucial information for users (like the current one, but better).

Screen space consumption must be exploited. In the perfect case page would take 100% width of the available space or be created with 12-column 960px template.

For inspiration, take a look at:

Our page COULD look similar.  These are just examples of sites considered to be

relatively decent (they hold lots of content, yet are easy to browse throught)

Ideal candidate would study Jacob Nielsen web page on web usability:

You should read all articles in bold font.

Uploaded Work
File name/URL File size Date submitted 158.3 KB November 22 2011 19:08 UTC 152.6 KB November 23 2011 14:12 UTC
Roger on November 21 2011 17:20 UTC Task Claimed

I would like to work on this task.

Wojciech A. Koszek on November 21 2011 17:43 UTC Task Assigned

This task has been assigned to Roger. You have 120 hours to complete this task, good luck!

Wojciech A. Koszek on November 21 2011 17:44 UTC Deadline extended

The deadline of the task has been extended with 5 days and 0 hours.

Wojciech A. Koszek on November 21 2011 19:06 UTC Contact information

Let me or Glen or Jakub know how can we contact you.

We're 'wkoszek' and 'jceel' and 'gjb' on #freebsd-soc IRC channel.

Same nicks in domain for e-mails.

IRC is where you can get helpful comments in real-time.


Roger on November 22 2011 06:59 UTC Contact Information

My email is and I haven't got into the IRC channel yet, but my nick will be rogi23696 too.
This week is exams week for me but I think I'm gonna finish the work on time. I'll keep in touch with you.

Roger on November 22 2011 07:06 UTC Screen space

The graphics I'm making are not exploiting all the screen space in 1366-768px resolution but they are in 1024-768px resolution. Hope you'll like it.

Wojciech A. Koszek on November 22 2011 08:42 UTC Thanks for the contact, deadline can be extended


Don't work on the task instead of your exams, please!

We can easily extend the deadline for this task if required; you can take exams first,
and work on this task later. There's no rush on our side.

1024x768 should be just fine. If you want, feel free to send us work-in-progress


Roger on November 22 2011 12:39 UTC No problem

There's no problem, I think I'll have it done on Friday or before. I haven't got a lot of exams, only 2 important this week, and I have enough time to finish it on time. But thanks for the proposal! I'm writing from my high school, so I can't show you what I have done, but when I get home, I'll give you what I've done.

Roger on November 22 2011 19:16 UTC Current work

I've uploaded what I've done right now. I think it's OK for what you were asking for, but take a look at it and if you see any mistakes or anything left, I'll fix it.
I've seen one little bug, when you are looking the webpage on 1024x768px resolution mode, the menu moves a little to the right and makes the page less beautiful than on 1366-768px resolution. I haven't got any solution yet.
I've tested the webpage on Firefox 4+ and Chrome 7+.

Wojciech A. Koszek on November 22 2011 22:49 UTC My comments 1


It's a really nice start!

Very, very promising.

Drop-down - very cool and works in Opera! Language choice on the right - really nice.

The site is too dark. Can you make it lighter?

As much as I like old beastie logo I must say it's not 2011 graphics. Can you remove beastie at all? 'New to FreeBSD' balloon could get removed too. It would be fun to see your site without these elements :-)

This site will be accepted by me. Don't remove your ZIP archive. In other words: you have just completed your task.

If you want to keep working on it and polish it a bit more, please send such a signal.

Suggestion: while uploading next tasks, name your files: nfwYYYYMMDD, which stands for 'New FreeBSD Webpage YEARMONTHDAY'.


Roger on November 23 2011 06:38 UTC Thanks

I'm here for learning, so I'll apply these changes and then mark the task as complete. But, in my opinion, I really like beastie, it makes the site more sympathetic for newbies. But if you want to get it off, it's your choice.
Thank you anyways, I'll make the changes when I get back of school.

Roger on November 23 2011 14:18 UTC Update

I've updated the changes. They are on file "". Now the background is lighter (using #be0000 instead of #8e0000) and I've put a gradient in the top of the webpage for more modern-looking. I've removed all the FreeBSDs balloons and made the logo with styled text. I haven't removed beastie because I think it atracts a lot new users. I'm gonna mark the task as complete, but you can ask me to do more changes, if you want.

Roger on November 23 2011 14:19 UTC Ready for review

The work on this task is ready to be reviewed.

Wojciech A. Koszek on November 23 2011 14:44 UTC Looks really nice!

Ok Roger.

I do agree this task is indeed completed.
You're more than fine to continue improving your website! Let's continue conversation
over e-mail.

This GCIN task is accepted! (This is my first accepted task too!)



Wojciech A. Koszek on November 23 2011 14:49 UTC Task Closed

Congratulations, this task has been completed successfully.