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From Daniel Gruno <>
Subject New ComDev VM (was: Re: overhaul proposal)
Date Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:07:25 GMT
Hiya folks,
as part of trying out the new projects site, I have set up a VM inside 
our infrastructure for us to use.
the VM is called and is tied to LDAP much like is these days, thus you will need to have your public 
ssh key in your LDAP profile in order to gain access. If you do have 
that set up, and would like to access to the machine (some of you 
already have access, others don't), just send me a line and I'll open up 
access for you.

The projects VM is set up to serve content via httpd, but only to the 
TLS-terminator (thus you will get a 403 Denied if you 
visit the VM's web site directly). To get to the test site, use . Similar, to try out the (very simple) 
editing features, use (requires 
your LDAP username+password and allows you to edit data for those 
projects where you are on the PMC).

If you try out the editing features, do not that every edit you do will 
generate an email with the new project data and send it to 
dev@community.a.o, as a review measure.

I hope this will make it easier for people to jump in and help with 
creating the site :)

With regards,

On 2015-01-14 18:53, Ross Gardler (MS OPEN TECH) wrote:
> Daniel,
> There is no "assuming" just do it :-)
> You have a number of ComDev PMC members saying +1, and you are a PMC member yourself.
Let's have the code where we can start working on it and let's get it to feature parity with ASAP. I agree with Rich that there is value in this already.
> This is not to exclude the much broader OfBiz proposal, but it looks to me like this
solution is close to being ready to go as a replacement for and I already
see some simple improvements I can make in a coffee break at work :-)
> Ross
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daniel Gruno []
> Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 9:43 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: overhaul proposal
> On 2015-01-14 18:37, Jacques Le Roux wrote:
>> Just as a note for the sake of truth, OFBiz has Content component
> disagrees ;-) but, assuming this gets accepted
into comdev, you needn't worry about doap files any longer, as you will be able to edit it
online instead.
> With regards,
> Daniel.
>> I very like what I saw, kudos!
>> Jacques
>> Le 14/01/2015 12:48, Daniel Gruno a écrit :
>>> Hi folks,
>>> I was having a conversation with Rich (Bowen) some weeks ago, and the
>>> sentiment was that our projects page (
>>> <> ) could use a big overhaul. It's
>>> outdated, not very user friendly, doesn't really compile the data
>>> into anything useful (mostly just displays "raw" data) and it's
>>> difficult to navigate (no search abilities, no actual overviews).
>>> Therefore, I propose that the community development project takes
>>> over this project from Infra, which has no interest in
>>> continuing/maintaining it, and revamps it with both a new site design
>>> and a new LDAP/JSON-based information system which would enable
>>> people to edit their project details online without having to
>>> upload/change RDF files when something happens. This would also mean
>>> that everything could be rendered in the browser instead of relying
>>> on daily cron jobs to compile the page, and also allow us to add some
>>> inspiring/interesting graphical charts and overviews/timelines.
>>> I have been working on a proposal that follows these ideas, which is
>>> available for preview at for those
>>> interested. Only the first two tabs in the menu currently work (and
>>> the extensive search feature), but that is still most of what the old
>>> site has and then some. I am pondering on moving some of the front
>>> page stuff to the 'Timelines' tab instead, feedback is appreciated on
>>> this.
>>> So, comments, feedback, questions, anything is most welcome,
>>> especially comments on whether you:
>>> 1) think comdev should be responsible for the projects directory
>>> 2) think the proposal looks good/swell/nifty/whatever.
>>> A few notes on the search feature:
>>> - You can search for virtually anything within a project, types,
>>> languages, descriptions, bug-trackers etc
>>> - Try typing your committer ID or Apache ID into the box, and it will
>>> show all projects you are a part of
>>> If there is consensus for moving this into comdev framework and
>>> collaborating on this, I will commit the proposal to a sub-folder in
>>> the comdev svn repository and ask infra for a VM where we can set
>>> this up.
>>> With regards,
>>> Daniel.

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