goes live

After just three days of beta operation I could already make go live. Within the first day I fixed a few typos, optimized database queries and added proper HTTP headers for caching. We got a huge load spike after my announcement on debian-devel-announce. I’m very happy and proud to have this service running and appreciate the help from the SQLAlchemy, Pylons and Debian community. Michael Vogt has already added screenshots support to the Synaptic package manager. Martin Stigge has joined the admin team to speed up approving screenshots in the moderation queue. (It would nice if someone else volunteered who is from .us or .au to deal with uploads while we sleep.) And above all I’d like to thank ‘zepolen’ from for allowing me to host the web application on his server. I think neither of us estimated so much interest in the service. May his server not melt under the load. ๐Ÿ™‚ Honestly the first feedback wasn’t very motivating (developers tend to point out errors first) but I enjoy seeing how quickly the news is spreading. And thanks to everybody for uploading further screenshots. I’ll keep on watching the moderation queue and enjoy how others blog about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

9 thoughts on “ goes live

  • 2008-11-14 at 14:26

    talking about errors =)
    “Please set your language to english so that everybody understands it. If you don’t use english by default please start your application from a shell using after seting “export LANG=C”.”

    correct to “setting”.

    would you consider a “newest additions”-part of this?

  • 2008-11-14 at 14:42


    The typo is fixed in my repository already. Will deploy today.

    A view (and RSS feed) for newest packages with screenshots in currently in the making.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

  • 2008-11-14 at 16:26

    Wonderful idea!

    Suggestion: make ‘’ a working link in your post.

    The screenshot guideline page doesn’t mention themes. Are all themes acceptable? The result may be that different GNOME programs look very different just because the screenshots were taken by different users with different themes chosen. What about font sizes or anti-aliasing settings?

    Are screenshots taken on Debian derivatives (e.g. Ubuntu) acceptable?

  • 2008-11-14 at 17:11


    Thanks for the hint. I forgot to add proper links to the post. I don’t mind different themes. It’s hard for most people to find a common theme or even window manager to take screenshots from. But I’m open to suggestions. But the less restrictive the guidelines the more screenshots hopefully pour in. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Screenshots from Ubuntu or other derivatives are no problem as long as the application looks the same on Debian.

  • 2008-11-14 at 19:37

    Thanks for a great service, I have already found several nice games based on their screenshots.

    Any chance we can get a function to be able to sort or filter by section?

  • 2008-11-14 at 19:51


    Yes, that’s on my todo list. We are currently working on some urgent optimisations because due to the large interest in the site the sponsored server is a bit more loaded than I originally expected. But I have sorting by section on my to do list.


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