OpenSolaris User Groups Going Top Level

I sent a note out to all 72 OpenSolaris User Groups last night to update everyone about important governance and website migration issues that will come about in the next six months. And I got some good feedback in return. The OSUGs have been waiting for better tools and real estate on opensolaris.org for a long time. Well, that's coming.

Actually, we've been working on this for a while now. First we had a bunch of OSUGs stuffed into individual pages inside a single Community on the site. That broke jet fast when we grew too quickly for the site's architecture. Then we moved all the OSUGs to be individual projects on the site. That was a great way to solve the immediate problem for each UG by offering them their own project spaces, better URLs, blogs, announcements, etc. But as a result of that move, the OSUGs were then automatically listed among more than 200 development projects, and some argued -- correctly -- that that was confusing. But it was always an interim solution. And that's why I have always been listing the OSUGs in this grid here as the main pointer. That didn't solve the project page, but it was the best I could do since we couldn't change the opensolaris.org webapp itself (it's a long story). So, now we are coming to the final step of this long migration: moving the OSUGs into their own collective group on the site and giving that collective the same top level status as Projects and Communities. Part of this move is to also remove the OSUGs from the Advocacy Community in that hierarchal relationship. So, now User Groups will hold User Groups, and Projects will hold Projects, and Communities will hold Communities. All equal.

This all becomes possible because we are moving to an entirely new opensolaris.org with xWiki as the underlying content engine, and we are also moving to a new and more flexible community structure. Here is some background reading on this: infrastructure update to the OGB, OGB reorg update, and the new wiki we will be implementing. Over the next few weeks I'll pull some of these disparate documents (there are more, actually) into a simple one pager. These moves will require multiple migrations and tests and even some site re-designs, so this is going to take more than a few months to do. We'll need a good one page outline to point people to so everyone understands the very basics of how things will flow.
Comments:

Big up from France Jim. Keep up the good work !

Posted by Jean-Claude Vandonghen on October 02, 2008 at 05:55 PM JST #

:) Thanks!

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on October 02, 2008 at 06:59 PM JST #

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