Website Transition: Two Phase 1 Documents Posted

This morning Bonnie posted two documents supporting the Phase 1 website transition plans:
  1. The plan to implement the governance and website roles and collectives, and
  2. The data migration strategy outlining how data will be migrated from existing databases into the new Auth database. NOTE: This is an updated version of the data migration strategy. The original was published on 3/27/09.

Bonnie and Alan drafted the documents and all three of us iterated for a couple of weeks as they went through multiple drafts. It`s amazing experiencing the distinction between writing a document that articulates some issue in theory and writing a document that articulates a specific implementation that has to actually work. It`s the distinction between night and day. Ideas are fine, but if you don`t build them they are not real. That lesson is learned.

Also, I appreciate more than ever the process I went through in the recent past attempting to re-write the OpenSolaris Constitution. Building and describing the new site would have been so much easier had that Constitution been approved in March. But it wasn`t. That`s life I suppose. So, now we have to implement the old Constitution while also accounting for things that document doesn`t even mention because it came about after the original site was designed. Not to mention all the odd stuff that evolved (and broke) on the current site -- all of which has to be migrated to the new site. As a result, in August we will have some things covered under Governance and some things covered under generally accepted practice -- and that last bit was really the basis of the concept we were trying to move toward with the proposed Constitution. Hopefully, the OGB will at some point this year take up that proposed Constitution again, get it updated, and get it approved so our Governance documents reflect the reality of how the community operates in real life.

Anyway, until that happens we will continue building what we have to build, and it will be good to finally break with the past of the old site. So, it`s important for anyone with an account on opensolaris.org to review these new documents and the other information we have posted in the Website community recently to be prepared for the changes coming in July and August. All users on the site will be affected by this multi-phase transition (hopefully in a good way, of course). More documents will be posted in the coming weeks on website feature mappings, Auth transition instructions, and content migration plans. And that`s just Phase 1 and Phase 2. There will be a Phase 3 that will take us well into the fall.

Website Transition Documentation | Auth System Beta | XWiki Website Beta | Program Roadmap

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