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Re: moving toward a content management decision



On Sun, 2009-01-11 at 10:28 -0800, Karsten Wade wrote:
> While the wiki covers 90%+ of the content collaboration needs for
> Fedora, we continue to need a content management system (CMS) for the
> Docs Project.  A CMS gives us workflow tools that makes it easy to
> turn any contributor in to a publisher, while ensuring the ongoing
> quality of the content throughout the lifecycle of a Fedora version.
> For more information, read the blog posts linked from here:
> 
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CMS_solution_for_Fedora_Project_websites#Background
> 
> We've had a lot of discussions around CMS here at FUDCon, none of
> which actually got us closer to a physical choice.  Every choice is a
> double-edged sword, a phrase which here means, no matter which way we
> swing it, it cuts our target and cuts ourselves.
> 
> Ultimately, my biggest concern is that any choice have a team of
> people who know how to deploy and maintain the solution.  Aside from
> technical capabilities, this is perhaps the most important criteria to
> meet.
> 
> The solution we are walking away with today is to take the topic to
> fedora-devel-list, fedora-list, and the blogs.  Tell people:
> 
> * We are picking a Docs Project CMS
> 
> * We are going to go with whatever CMS that meets the minimum
>   must-have requirements[1] and has a team willing to step-up and do
>   the work for the Fedora community.
> 
> * The work will happen within the Fedora Infrastructure project in a
>   semi-isolated environment to minimize contact risk from potentially
>   insecure apps.
> 
> * The new team must be at least two to three experienced web system
>   administrators, with no more than one team member already overly
>   busy in Infrastructure.  (We need to minimize overloading too small
>   and too busy a group of people.)
> 
> How does this sound?
> 
> - Karsten
> 
> [1] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CMS_solution_for_Fedora_Project_websites

Karsten,

This all sounds great to me.  I think, if things don't work out with the
man page coverage project I'm currently trying to wrangle, I may
volunteer to be one of, if not the lead, of the web-side of things, as
that is my 9-5 and what I have most experience with - namely, web
development and deploying PHP-based web apps.  I believe the CMSes that
were looked at (Drupal et al) as options were all PHP/MySQL-based, which
is right up my alley.

I think once I settle down (I'm currently moving from Egypt to Malaysia,
leaving on Wednesday at noon local time), I'll be able to give both of
these projects far more time.

________________________________________________________________________

Basil Mohamed Gohar
abu_hurayrah hidayahonline org
www.basilgohar.com

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