Beware of scam sites
Nvu - Complete Web Authoring System
(Update: Nvu has been discontinued. Beware of scam sites pretending to be the Nvu website and asking for donations/support. The official site is gone, and there are no replacement sites. In the meantime, use KompoZer, which is just Nvu with some bug fixes and a new name.)
Obvioulsy, “beware of scam sites” refers to net2.com, which looks like Nvu’s official website. As such, it’s asking for donations/support for the Nvu project; since this site gets a lot of traffic, it probably gets much more financial support than kompozer.net itself. It does not mention anywhere that Nvu has been discontinued in 2005, and it only mentions KompoZer as an “alternative version”.
Of course, net2.com doesn’t do anything to develop Nvu and it doesn’t give any penny to the KompoZer project either: it’s just fooling donors and making money on the Nvu trademark and the good buzz that Linspire made back in the days. The sad thing is, the owner of net2.com is the former CEO of Linspire, which sponsorred the Nvu project.
By the way, nvu.com is not dead: it displays more ads than content, and it links to net2.com/nvu and kompozer.net (in this order). I would’ve preferred that this site doesn’t mention net2.com at all — but at least, it clearly explains that the Nvu project has been dropped in 2005. Ironically, this website is the main referral to kompozer.net (~3% of the visitors) after Google.
In the meantime, use KompoZer, which is just Nvu with some bug fixes and a new name.
This is a historical mistake of the KompoZer project: KompoZer 0.7 has been developed on an Nvu 1.0 code base, and the goal was only to propose a few bug fixes to the Nvu project.
The situation is very different now: KompoZer 0.8 has been developed on a clean Mozilla code base and it doesn’t share much code with Nvu any more. The 0.8 branch is taking a different approach: Nvu was designed as a beginner tool, KompoZer 0.8 tries to be both a good learning tool and to bring useful features for advanced users.
I’m very enthusiastic about the next development branch and the merge with SeaMonkey Composer, but we really need to get more visibility on this project before spending another year on it. Here’s a few things you can do if you want to help:
- spread the word about KompoZer
- please don’t link to nvu.com on your websites
- if you mention Nvu, please explain that this project has been dropped in 2005
- ask your KompoZer community site to drop “nvu” in its URL
- don’t refer to KompoZer as “Nvu’s bug-fix release”: the official motto is “Easy Web Authoring!”
Side note: GNU/Linux users, please ask your maintainers to propose KompoZer 0.8 in your favorite distro. Some distros still ship KompoZer 0.7 with GTK ≥ 2.14, hence the crashes…
I’m aware I’m terrible in marketing and communication. If you have any suggestion to improve the visibility of the KompoZer project, please let me know!