Phoronix.com (as well as other associated sites) deploy an unique content management system dubbed PHXCMS. To date, PHXCMS has went through four large-scale revisions since Phoronix was launched in 2004; however, we are beginning to formulate some plans for the fifth major revision. Presently the code is quite impressive under the hood (if we may say so ourselves ), but revision 5 of PHXCMS should bring some unique features for our readers, and are presently not capable by the other CMS systems. With that, we are also looking to see what site features our forum goers would like to see at Phoronix.com – such as more integration with the forums, custom RSS feeds, or what have you.
Due to the massive undertaking we have planned with PHXCMS 5, and the limited resources, we don't intend to roll out this new update for at least a couple more months – the full-blown update will likely not take place until Q1'2007. PHXCMS is written 100% in-house and while right now it isn't publicly available for other web-masters, once we have spruced up some features and cleaning up the code, we may open-up the content management system to the general public.
The site layout and theme won't change much with this update other than cleaning up the code with more XHTML + CSS improvements (eliminating the last of the tables and a few other messes), tweaking a few colors, and other random highlights -- excluding all of the new user features to come. There still may be some new improvements that aren't known at this time, or if we will fit it into version 5.
We are also looking for feedback on how you would like to see the front-page laid out (i.e. column/tiered design, any additional features, etc...), and any other areas you feel need a complete re-design.
No drastic changes yet, since all of the features are still under development and not active.
Oops, thanks for pointing out that home-page flaw. I will ensure it gets corrected in PHXCMS5.
Using an early version of PHXCMS5 will be the back-end of SpreadGNOME.org later this month (e.g. features -- calendar functions, improved user/image verification, improved options for community-created content).