Author: Tina Gasperson
The unique part of Lynucs.org, and the feature that makes it most useful, is the additional information included on each screenshot’s page, which includes the distribution used, the name and function of each open program shown, and links to a special page on the Lynucs.org site that gives more information about the application and shows all the desktop screenshots that feature that application. All the desktops are sortable by rating, relevance, number of views, and date uploaded.
The “relevance” tag comes into play if you use the search function to look for the perfect desktop. Each screenshot is keyworded to make searching for a specific application or feature easy. For example, I searched for different colors, shapes, and distributions.
Sylvain Zimmer, a math student in Metz, France, founded the Lynucs.org site early last year. Since then the site has amassed more than 2,400 screenshots and almost 2.5 million views of those shots, along with more than 850 members and more than 100 applications listed in the Lynucs.org database.
The site employs Villagehub, a PHP framework written by Zimmer and friends. At the top of each page is a link that toggles on or off a “babe filter.” One quick perusal of the screenshot database will make the reason for the existence of this feature obvious.
Lynucs.org also has the beginnings of a wiki, where each member can have his own page. The site maintainers are working on creating the “full guide to creating the desktop you’ve always dreamed of.” Honestly, I haven’t always dreamed of making a beautiful, artistic desktop — but Lynucs.org has at least caused me to think about it.
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