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Wired described OSnews as "an alternative operating system Web magazine", and in 2011 Holwerda noted that "while the alternative operating systems scene might no longer be the prime focus of OSNews due to a lack of activity in that field, it's still where our heart lies.".
- Thom Holwerda, who resides in the Netherlands, is managing editor.
- David Adams is a publisher and regular contributor.
- Eugenia Loli-Queru, the former editor-in-chief of OSNews, resigned in June 2005. Version 2 of OSNews was written by Eugenia in August 2001 when she resurrected the site after long periods of inactivity. She took on a more passive role in recent years as senior editor. She started the original GnomeFiles.org (GTK+ software repository).
- Adam Scheinberg is the webmaster. He wrote version 3 of the site in 2005, which added user registration, and version 4, a complete and total rewrite of the codebase.
- Jon Jensen is the systems administrator, dealing with site availability and DNS.
Besides its main site, OSNews detects hundreds of mobile browsers and handsets and redirects them to a specially formatted cHTML version of the website at mobile.osnews.com. Eugenia Loli-Queru, the author of this script, open sourced it in 2008.
The editors contribute original articles and manage the submissions of news bits, articles, editorial comments and reviews that are submitted by readers. OSNews serves daily 275,000 page views on average (as of October 2005).
Like other technology news sites such as Slashdot, it has a free user/subscription model, and allows viewers to add commentary to articles. In 2005, OSNews published version 3 of its website, which includes an all-new commenting engine. Instead of reporting comments to moderators, this system now relies on votes. Readers can vote comments up or down, and readers can set a score threshold, which can eliminate the down-voted comments from view.
In late 2007, version 4 was launched, which completely overhauled the backend of the website, and was followed by version 4.1 which added a brand new theme and look to the website.
Unfortunately, along with the improvements to the site, managing editor Thom Holwerda has taken to censoring user feedback that he doesn't agree with. He's been known to both delete user comments, and to disable user accounts when he perceives someone's contribution as being contradictory to his personal principles and values. The results of this are that usage of the site has plummeted as Holwerda has steered the sites focus away from its original purpose, operating systems, and instead began posting more non-OS material related to his personal agendas of political correctness, sexual bias in gaming, and mobile devices. Additionally, the strong anti-American sentiment in his postings has further contributed to the fragmentation of what was once a great technically-focused website. Currently the site is a shell of its former self, with fewer than 20 of its readers posting the majority of its comments and feedback.
On February 12, 2007, Holwerda published the 1.0 version of the OSNews Style Guide. This style guide is licensed under a Creative Commons license so that other websites and publications can use and adapt the guide to their liking. OSNews is one of the few sites of its kind with such a style guide.
In January 2008, Thom Holwerda launched Focus Shift, a webcomic based on the various news items OSNews carries. Focus Shift was updated tri-weekly, until it was discontinued in mid-2008 after lackluster reviews.
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