Website Changes: Phase 1

Changes are coming to the opensolaris.org website this summer.

These changes will enable support for a more complete open development infrastructure and provide wiki support on the site.  The changes will occur in phases to hopefully minimize confusion and manage the chaos (I can always hope :-).

Phase 1 is about new membership management, and the target date is late July.

Currently, some of the applications on the site manage their own data for historical reasons.  The original portal application that runs the site was written before anyone knew exactly what roles and rights would be needed for working efficiently on the site and before there was a community constitution that defined governance roles.  As a result, the database associated with the portal application isn't sufficient for all current needs and requirements.  Some site applications use less-than-optimal methods for checking that people are registered on the site and some use their own databases of user information.

Moving forward, there will be one database.  Its information can then be used across the site to perform tasks such as confirming commits to source repositories, managing governance and site rights, and identifying people as being registered on the site for access to certain functionality like defect tracking, the test farm or the source juicer.  Over time, the various applications running on the site will transition to use the new single database.

You can find pointers to information about the changes in the Website Community Group on the site.  Scroll down to "Phase 1" under "Website Transition: Implementation Phases".  There are pointers there to pages that explain the roles and collectives in the new system and the plan for migrating data from existing data sources to the new single database.

You can try out a BETA TEST SITE VERSION of the new membership management application at: http://auth.opensolaris.orgNOTE THAT THIS IS A BETA TEST SITE VERSION. Changes made here exist ONLY in this beta version.  Changes made here have NO EFFECT on opensolaris.org.  If you need to make a real change to your account on opensolaris.org or if you wish to register on opensolaris.org, you must do that at http://opensolaris.org.

A minimal amount of email will be sent to all current site registrants to communicate about the coming changes (the first went out late last week).  But ongoing announcements, upates and other information is being sent to the website-discuss mailing list (website dash discuss at opensolaris dot org), so subscribe to really follow along.

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Bonnie manages the OpenSolaris Developer Collaboration team that owns and supports the opensolaris.org website. She lives in Colorado, hence the picture of Pikes Peak taken by her husband, Eric Corwin.

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