What about extending the wiki...?

Jeroen Coumans jeroen at linuxfromscratch.org
Thu Mar 11 15:35:55 PST 2004


I've said before that I think we don't use the Wiki enough. I've been 
playing around with PHPWiki for work and for the University lately, and 
I'm very impressed with it. I noticed that we have still have an old 
version on the LFS website; can it be upgraded?

Also, the Wiki links are very ugly; 
Can the "index.php?pagename="-part be snipped with a nifty .htaccess 
rule? See http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/phpwiki/PrettyWiki

I've adjusted the LFS wiki slightly to see what's possible, and I can 
port the current design over to it. I've also felt the power of PHP and 
some smart plugins. I know we're in the middle of evaluating and even 
migrating to Drupal, but I seriously wish to consider the effects of 
using a Wiki as our mainsite now that we can still change our minds.

A wiki would leverage the complete site editing and building to our 
editors and users, and it's great fun too! It has its own revision 
control so we don't need to use CVS for it. The news pages are underused 
in our current setup and I don't think that editors have the need to add 
that much news (except for releases), so perhaps we could do away with 
that particular homepage design. Also, I'd like to move at least the FAQ 
to the Wiki, since it can benefit greatly from the added user contribution.

There are plugins available for PHPWiki which would give us most 
functionality we require, and we can probably write a decent one which 
converts cvs2cl's XML output into the wiki. For polls there is 
and there's also an excellent Calendar-plugin.

We can also look at <http://tavi.sourceforge.net>, 
<http://wikipedia.sourceforge.net/> or <http://tikiwiki.org>. The latter 
is also used by www.freedesktop.org and is very featureful but probably 

For mirroring we can export the Wikipages daily as regular XHTML pages, 
and munge the action-links to point to the LFS server.

The only feature which is a bit lacking in current PHPWiki is proper 
user autherization, although it's forthcoming in the next release. 
Nonetheless, we can still lock pages and give editors the responsibility 
to keep their own sections clean, which is good enough for now, especially


Jeroen Coumans (jeroen at linuxfromscratch.org)
FAQ and Website Maintainer

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