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Welcome to the GnuSkin

Nota Bene: This skin/plugin is not actively maintained anymore. Instead the author recommend using the NatSkin and plugin. It's in part based on the CopyCatSkin and the GnuSkinPlugin -- it's clean and very neat. The GnuSkin might get an overhaul sometime in the future, but don't expect anything major anytime soon. If you're interested in picking up the ball, check out the latest sources form https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/twiki-skins -- heck, sign up and I'll give you admin rights! smile

-- JoachimNilsson - 16 Mar 2005

The GnuSkin is conceived to be simple and functional, providing a basic and yet useful environment suitable for production use. It uses the WebMenu concept, first introduced by the TWiki:Plugins/TigerSkin, and reintroduces the WEBLOGO idea making it possible to completely tailor fit the looks of the TWiki installation.

So named because of the hidden Gnu head and, of course, its simplistic design. It was originally designed for the GNU Hurd Wiki web, but is now easily available to other people as well. See the historic notes, below, for more trivia.

The GnuSkin comes with a plugin, an extra rendering engine, responsible for handling the WebMenu and other small but useful features.

Curious? Visit the HurdWiki:Main or take a look at these screenshots.

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Download & Installation

See GnuSkinInstall for details of download and installation instructions. Read GnuSkinPlugin for help on available settings and customization tips.

Current Features

  • WebMenu, a user configurable navigation bar on the left hand side, with topic content on the right.

  • Top menubar including the main features of TWiki.

  • Per web configurable logotypes, background colors and style sheets (CSS).

  • Fully compatible with the SessionPlugin allowing logon and session management.

Future Features

  • Separate the WebMenu from the GnuSkin making it optional and also making it available for different skin users.


For help and advice, please email JoachimNilsson, or make use of the TWiki:Plugins/GnuSkinPluginDev public forum.

The TODO list is located at HurdWiki:TWiki/GnuSkinTodo it lists things I want to include in upcoming releases.


Originally the idea of using a skin different from the original TWiki look was born on HurdWiki:/Hurd. Unfortunately the available skins and plugins where either too bloated or only designed for one type of user agent in mind. The idea of the GnuSkin was born. It started out as a rip off the famous TWiki:Plugins/TigerSkin. Since then all of the templates have been remade, leaving only the Perl plugin part relativly unchanged.

The design is intended to be more like a general GNU web page with a lean & simple interface, yet still stylish and functional. Originally the GNU/Hurd website modeled for the looks and on top of that a few bells and whistles from TWiki are added.

-- HurdWiki:Main/JoachimNilsson - March 2nd 2003

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JPEGjpg gnuskin-view-blue-thumb.jpg r1 manage 4.3 K 2003-03-02 - 15:25 JoachimNilsson Viewing topics with SKINSTYLE=blue
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JPEGjpg gnuskin-view-green-thumb.jpg r1 manage 5.5 K 2003-03-02 - 15:26 JoachimNilsson Viewing topics with SKINSTYLE=green
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