web site (was Re: next level of freedesktop.org)

Havoc Pennington hp at redhat.com
Thu Jul 17 08:16:50 EEST 2003

On Thu, Jul 17, 2003 at 10:07:25AM +0530, Biju Chacko wrote:
> I think it's a pretty good idea. However, I think that freedesktop.org's
> current role facilitating standardisation might get drowned out by
> project work. So I'd just ask that the standards work be clearly
> separated from the hosted projects.
> Ideally, all the standards documents could be kept on
> www.freedesktop.org and the projects on projects.freedesktop.org or
> something like that.
> What do you think?

What about the Specifications and Software toplevel categories on
www.freedesktop.org now?

I certainly don't mind having different virtual hosts or urls for
specs and software, that seems logical.

People have requested that a wiki and a weblog (as in
dot.kde.org/gnomedesktop.com) be integrated somehow, as well.

So there's a fair bit of fooling with the web site possible.

A rough idea:

 - current "News" section becomes a weblog (with moderation)
 - current "Info" and "Desktops" section become part of a Wiki
 - we keep "Software" and "Specifications" as static pages generated
   from files in CVS in a cron job; because they will be tied to 
   master copies of data in CVS, such as manuals, specs, etc.
   Also this way we won't further break all the links in here.
 - "About" could be either Wiki or CVS-generated
 - Front page could have some kind of overview with links to key
   pages, followed by a news feed (as in www.kde.org)

I don't know, anything that works pretty well is fine with me.
Ultimately up to whoever we can get to hack on it. ;-)

I don't have a ton of time to work on the web site, so if it's up to
only me I'd just move over what's currently there. Part of the reason
to move to new hosting, though, is that if we move other people can
have shell accounts and do work like this.


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