Bones was created after years of editing and reusing the same template to develop custom sites. It came from trial and error and tons of experience customizing templates. I trimmed the fat on stuff that you don’t really need as well as adding things you almost always have to use plugins for.
He also hopes the theme can take the place of many “horribly written plugins” being used today. Bones comes with built-in functionality for related posts, page navigation and post thumbnails.
Bones is free to download, hosted on Github, and brings a decent amount of documentation to the table. While Machado doesn’t call it a theme framework per se, from the sounds of it Bones would fit nicely into our own “starter theme” classification. You can follow Machado, the developer of the theme, at @eddiemachado on Twitter.
Are you drawn toward Bones, whether for its free nature or independent vision? Let us know in the comments.