[CentOS-devel] CentOS Forums again

Tim Verhoeven tim.verhoeven.be at gmail.com
Sat May 31 14:39:21 UTC 2008

Hello everyone,

Having some time to do stuff for CentOS here at LinuxTag I've also
being building FreeIPA packages for CentOS. The idea that this will be
core part of a central authentication system. Meaning that you will
only need 1 account that you can use to login into the website, forum,
wiki, bugtracker, systems, ...

IMHO the most important system that needs to be attached to the
central auth database are the forums. There are a lot of users there
(and a lot of content). So I was thinking, why not fix 2 things at the
same time. Migrate from the old forum to the new forum that is linked
to the central auth system. And then later on couple the other
existing apps to it.

My feeling is that the most productive way to get forward with the
website/forum update is to split the forum from the website. In my
experience the forum present in CMS tools aren't made for the amount
of traffic we are having. So something dedicated sound like a better
option. So I have been looking around for open source forum software
that link to ldap without to much effort. I've looked at 3 projects
(Phorum, phpBB and SMF). They all 3 are good looking, well featured
and maintained. Though, only phpBB has a decent built-in LDAP
integration (FreeIPA is built on top of LDAP).

So my proposal is to setup a FreeIPA instance, link it with phpBB and
try to migrate a part of the current forums and see how all that
works. And if it looks good migrate to that.

So what do people think, did I miss stuff, other suggestions, ...


Tim Verhoeven - tim.verhoeven.be at gmail.com - 0479 / 88 11 83

Hoping the problem magically goes away by ignoring it is the
"microsoft approach to programming" and should never be allowed.
(Linus Torvalds)

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