moving toward a content management decision

Karsten Wade kwade at
Sun Jan 11 18:28:00 UTC 2009

While the wiki covers 90%+ of the content collaboration needs for
Fedora, we continue to need a content management system (CMS) for the
Docs Project.  A CMS gives us workflow tools that makes it easy to
turn any contributor in to a publisher, while ensuring the ongoing
quality of the content throughout the lifecycle of a Fedora version.
For more information, read the blog posts linked from here:

We've had a lot of discussions around CMS here at FUDCon, none of
which actually got us closer to a physical choice.  Every choice is a
double-edged sword, a phrase which here means, no matter which way we
swing it, it cuts our target and cuts ourselves.

Ultimately, my biggest concern is that any choice have a team of
people who know how to deploy and maintain the solution.  Aside from
technical capabilities, this is perhaps the most important criteria to

The solution we are walking away with today is to take the topic to
fedora-devel-list, fedora-list, and the blogs.  Tell people:

* We are picking a Docs Project CMS

* We are going to go with whatever CMS that meets the minimum
  must-have requirements[1] and has a team willing to step-up and do
  the work for the Fedora community.

* The work will happen within the Fedora Infrastructure project in a
  semi-isolated environment to minimize contact risk from potentially
  insecure apps.

* The new team must be at least two to three experienced web system
  administrators, with no more than one team member already overly
  busy in Infrastructure.  (We need to minimize overloading too small
  and too busy a group of people.)

How does this sound?

- Karsten


Karsten 'quaid' Wade, Community Gardener
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