[CentOS-devel] Web Environment Design

Marcus Moeller mail at marcus-moeller.de
Fri May 29 17:42:33 UTC 2009


Good Evening,

I am not particularly involved with the whole website ver2 process, but
> my views on the subject:
>
> On 05/28/2009 04:51 PM, Alain Reguera Delgado wrote:
> > Actually CentOS uses many free software applications to handle its
> > needs. Those applications have their own design and when you see them as
> > a whole they don't visually fit among them. Additionally, when you are
> > in one application, for example the wiki, there isn't always a visible
> > link referring other sections, like forums, bugs, docs, downloads,
> > projects ...
>
> This is a crucial issue - and something that we should fix at some
> level, even the issue of single auth is something that we need to get
> plumbed in sooner than later.
>
> > Don't know if you are agree with the idea of a common and predictable
> > design for the applications we use; so I've organized some ideas in the
> > following wiki page for you to consider and improve:
>
> It would be great if a uniform look and feel could be achieved across
> the board, however is it worth spending a bit of time and see if we are
> using the best apps right now and if we might be better of first fixing
> the apps or moving to things that would give us the best overall setup ?
>
> > Others applications may be modified to ... but before that I would like
> > to know what do you think about it. I would like to be focused on what
> > CentOS really needs for its improvement.
>
> One thing we surely need is more people getting involved with this, and
> being able to pull on strings in parallel. eg. to move the website into
> anything else would mean various other portions like the forums, docs
> and other content might need a new home, and we cant really move one
> without the other.


We are going to set up test environments for all of these components. LDAP
backend is already available and usable. Forum migration is 80% done. Some
other components (e.g. mailman) are already ported to the new look.

One major decision is if we can rely on a already existing CMS system or if
it's bloated and we just need a simple backend to edit the news page. Also
User Management has to been set up on custom code base, as there are no real
good web based solutions that fulfill our needs.

Best Regards
Marcus
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