Hi & 440lx chipset

Paul Millar paulm at astro.gla.ac.uk
Sat Feb 12 03:34:01 CET 2005

On Saturday 12 February 2005 11:18, you wrote:
> * Ronald G. Minnich <rminnich at lanl.gov> [050212 00:27]:
> > > May I recommend having a wiki?
> >
> > I'll see what stefan thinks.
> A rather thought about closing dowd the existing linuxbioswiki
> http://openbios.org/linuxbioswiki since it was never used.

Err.. I didn't know this existed.  I didn't find any links to this 
wiki off of the LinuxBIOS pages.

Assuming that's not atypical, that might explain why its never 

> Maybe people did not feel well with "moinmoin wiki" but would
> rather prefer Plone or another system.

I've used PHPWiki (mainly because it has "php" in the title ;) and it 
was the first one I tried.  From a casual glance, there doesn't look 
to be anything wrong with moinmoin: it does things slightly 
differently to PHP but the learning curve looks to be a pretty simple 

> Whatever people prefer, we can do it. Static pages seem more robust
> in _my_ opinion, but I am for sure no hero when it comes down to
> updating web _content_ regularly ;)

I agree that static pages are generally more "robust", but the problem 
is one needs to make pages easy to edit (kind of anti-robust, 
although not the same).  Otherwise the information on the page starts 
to rot.

Currently, there's *lots* of badly formatted (or at least badly 
copy-and-pasted) information on the pages, broken links, ... in 
LinuxBIOS.  The FAQ suffers quite badly from this.

> No matter what, the solution in the end should suit the people who
> feed the web pages with new information.


> The OpenBIOS web site is kept in an arch repository (could be any
> other versioning system) and can be updated on checkin to the
> repository.
> Have a look at
> http://www.openbios.org/cgi-bin/viewarch.cgi/stepan@openbios.org--d
>evel/openbios--website--1.0--patch-27/ to get an idea how the web
> page content is stored.

Fair enough; but who has commit access to the repository?  How 
difficult is it (or how much time does it take) to get write access 
to the web pages?

I'm particularly looking at the LinuxBIOS pages, rather than the 
OpenBIOS ones, as the OpenBIOS pages seem to be well formated, edited 
and contain useful information.

For LinuxBIOS, one model you might like to consider is to have two 
tiers (or types) of information: officially sanctioned web pages (a 
la arch, cvs or whatever), and a more liberal access-policy wiki-like 
scribble area. 


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