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Unmaintained Free Software new main page

Yet another Unmaintained Free Software update:

Thanks to Matthias (again), we now have a wonderful new main page in the wiki, which looks a lot better than the old one which I had created a long time ago...

The nice icons were created by David Vignoni for the Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x. They're available under terms of the GNU LGPL.

Many other things in the wiki are currently undergoing a long-overdue update and fixing phase. I plan to upgrade the MediaWiki installation we're using, and some new MediaWiki extensions will be added, too.

Oh, and I created and installed a nice favicon for the site, based on the project logo. If you ever wondered how those things are created, here's one possibility:

  1. Create two PNG images, one 16x16, one 32x32 pixels.
  2. apt-get install icoutils
  3. icotool -c foo16x16.png foo32x32.png > favicon.ico
  4. Place the resulting favicon.ico file in your DocumentRoot. Done.

I'm sure there are other and better ways to do it, but this was the first I came up with after a quick apt-cache search favicon.

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You can actually avoid using

You can actually avoid using the proprietary ico format: just use

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="yourfavicon.png" />

inside <head> tag.

favicon generator on www.webscriptlab.com

I just found one free favicon generator.
http://www.webscriptlab.com, Free and easy to use online tool that can create a favorites icon (favicon.ico) images for browser address bars, favorites and tabs, from pictures, logos and other graphics.

Favicon

Well, sort of. As far as I know there's a lot of broken software out there which just looks for a favicon.ico at the top-level (hardcoded) and doesn't support the method you mentioned.

Yes, that sucks.

Depends on the target

It mostly depends what the site is targeted to; I unfortunately had to leave the old favicon.ico file on my blog too, because the favicon information is not sent through RSS, so most of the feed readers wouldn't show the correct icon (Akregator does, but just because it uses the cached favicon that comes from Konqueror with which I visit my own blog usually).

For a Wiki, that is mostly viewed through a web browser, I wouldn't really pay much attention to very legacy software. Konqueror, Firefox, Seamonkey, Safari, IE6 they all show the favicon correctly with the link tag.

By the way, thank you for Unmaintained Free Software Wiki, I was looking forward for something like that for a while now :)