[CentOS-devel] forums + portal for {lang}.centos.org sites

admin mick at mjhall.org
Tue Sep 30 09:54:01 UTC 2008


> That's definitly true and why I try to leave most of the code as-is
> and add nearly no additional modules. I personally like Joomla very
> much. There where some annoying security issues in the past but I
> still believe in the stable code-base.

I've been lurking here a little while and thought I'd add my 2 cents on 
this topic ...

The strategy above is a sensible one. I've found that while many open 
source CMS products are very good at what they do, they are not 
"enterprise" products in the sense that development sometimes proceeds 
very quickly, driven by the laudable enthusiasm of the developers, but 
creating headaches for users who face a constant upgrade treadmill 
(apart from security fixes). To make matters worse, plug-in developers 
don't always keep up with the code base in a timely manner. Take the 
Drupal project for example, which is currently juggling concurrent 
support for versions 5 and 6 with 7 just around the corner.

Personally, I am now avoiding CMSs for my own projects (mainly 
documentation type stuff from now on) for the reasons above and tending 
more towards XML (DocBook) and XSLT. This frees me from the CMS upgrade 
treadmill and the constant potential for security issues needing fixing, 
and has the added benefits of being very flexible in how content is 
formatted and presented. Content can either be pre-generated and 
uploaded as static HTML, or generated on the fly with one pretty basic 
script. I realise that such a solution would be unworkable for a 
community site, however.





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