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    The new front page reminds me of Maciej Cegłowski talking about interface sprawl:

    Everyone recognizes that it’s challenging to make a site that looks good at all screen sizes. […] But notice how some elements are tiny, and some are huge. Half the page is in the idiom of touch interfaces, and the whole thing is hard to read.

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      I am pleasantly surprised. Still worse than before, but way less of a deterioration than most redesigns nowadays. Bravo, Debian.

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        Meh. Not fond of the new homepage.

        The old one gave a serious impression, and had a clever, useful set of links.

        New page is less useful and less serious, with unnecessary pictures, few links and huge UI elements.

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          I barely noticed the changes until my second visit, as I thought I was hitting some old stale cache serving up the site for me.

          While it’s finally easy to find the download link, it’s almost sad to see such a glorious and important project suffer from an underwhelming graphical profile.

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            The blog post looks fresh, but the new homepage looks like “my first website” from 2007. It looks like somebody did not finish it. How is this a milestone? You deserve better, Debian!

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              This type of announcement almost never generates a positive reaction. Apparently the only people motivated enough to write something about it are those who are annoyed that something familiar has changed into something unfamiliar.

              I am not going crazy about this change either, but I’ll probably get used to the new look and then forget it ever was a thing. However, I do know that even as a long time Debian user I was always struggling to find what I need. So I am glad they acknowledged that navigation and structure could be improved and I appreciate that they made an effort to do so.

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                I randomly opened debian.org yesterday and thought a CSS file failed to load or something.

                The use of exclamation points at the top of the page ‘Debian is a Community of People!’ ‘Debian is a complete Free Operating System!’ feels infantile – fake enthusiasm, like a teacher telling a child ‘Today we are going to learn about apples!’ . This kind of subtle baby-speak seems harmless at first, but i know where this road leads. Before you know it ‘The universal operating system’ becomes ‘The super-duper, totally awesome unicorn-blasting operating system!’ with animated stars glittering around the slogan. It can and probably will happen imo.

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                  It takes some guts to announce this as a milestone. It represents progress from the past but not enough given expectations towards coherence of a design, usability, and branding - even for an open source project. Debian could have picked most free HTML templates and the result would have been better.

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                    It looks great IMO. I like that it uses the full browser window, summarizes important parts with links to more info, and prioritizes the most important elements of the project. And it looks equally good full screen on my 4k display and on my phone.

                    Most of the complaints here so far are pretty lame and not constructive. If you don’t like it, give a reason why, don’t just whine that it’s “worse than before” and expect everybody to know why you think that.

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                      https://bits.debian.org/images/debian_web_old_new.png

                      Before:

                      • First link explains what debian is.
                      • Second link where to download.
                      • Third link to get the doc.
                      • First sentence under logo explains what Debian is.
                      • Dense list of categorized links to quickly find the info you need.
                      • Headlines tells you about important events and release.
                      • Everything is above the fold.

                      After:

                      • First three links are “Blog”, “Micronews” and “Planet”. Aren’t the first two things the same? What’s a planet in this context?
                      • Download link is obvious, good, but, it directly links to an amd64 netinst .iso. Good luck understanding what’s happening if you’re a newcomer.
                      • The link to the documentation is not even above the fold if your browser has a bookmark bar under the address bar (which is the default for Chrom{e,ium}).
                        It also does not say “documentation” but “user support”.
                      • First sentence tells you that Debian is a community, I’ll be pedantic there and say that Debian is an OS and there’s such a thing as a Debian community. Having this description come up first is confusing.
                      • It’s huge, feels like I zoomed in 200 %.
                      • The page fails to convey clearly what Debian is to a non-technical person and fails to provide useful links to Debian users.
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                        Dense list of categorized links to quickly find the info you need.

                        To be honest, every time I went to the Debian home page before, it was more “dense slurry of poorly organized links, at which point you give up and start searching”.

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                          I’ll be pedantic there and say that Debian is an OS

                          Is that Debian GNU/Linux or GNU/KFreeBSD or the Debian GNU/Hurd experiment or…

                          “Debian” hasn’t unambiguously referred to a single OS for a long time.

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                            Okay, fair enough, but also to be fair, those are all personal preferences or related to settings on the device you’re viewing with.

                            At least you gave reasons so people understand why you dislike it.

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                              To be fair? At least? As if your reasons for liking it are not personal preferences or related to device settings?

                              If someone asks, I’m happy to explain my reasons for being only mildly relieved. Giving reasons upfront would’ve spoiled the pithy irony I was going for.