[CentOS-docs] wiki.centos.org .. what's next ?

Mon Dec 11 09:00:33 UTC 2017
Fabian Arrotin <arrfab at centos.org>

it's all in the title : what's next for wiki.centos.org ?

As a reminder, current wiki.centos.org instance is powered by moinmoin
(https://moinmo.in/) but quite an old version (moin-1.5.8-3.el6.noarch)

Recently I had a quick look at trying to update/upgrade that version to
something newer/supported, but it's a nightmare : the data conversion
just kill the target server (oom) and no way to know why. When trying to
get help from moin people in their irc server, I was answered that such
old version wasn't supported, and that those upgrade scripts themselves
aren't supported either, so nobody would help finding why they'd be
buggy without having access to the full data.

Of course exposing the whole wiki instance (including user/pass) isn't
an option, so except if somebody has really a clue about what can go
wrong with the update script from 1.5 to 1.6 (and then it has to be done
for each major.minor upgrade, so all that in a chained operation), the
migration will be impossible.

That's why I'd like to discuss a possibility to move wiki to something
else, and that's even why we should discuss the need for a wiki itself.

If we want to continue to have community written/maintained content,
should be still use a wiki or something else ? Moin was selected ~10y
ago for its simplicity and online editing, but in 2017, most people (dev
and ops) are probably using other workflows, like git/pull-requests/etc.

So what about exploring other possibilities ?

I don't have a real proposal (even if mkdocs.org , simple solution with
Markdown, combined with git would be perfect for me) but just wanted to
start a dedicated thread so that we can think about the future of

Opinions ? Proposals ? anything else ? Fee free to comment :-)

Fabian Arrotin
The CentOS Project | https://www.centos.org
gpg key: 56BEC54E | twitter: @arrfab

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