From: "Daniel Erez" <derez(a)redhat.com>
To: "Mikey Ariel" <mariel(a)redhat.com>
Cc: infra(a)ovirt.org, users(a)ovirt.org, devel(a)ovirt.org
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2016 5:20:31 PM
Subject: Re: [ovirt-users] [ovirt-devel] Coming (Very) Soon - New ovirt.org
& Deprecated Wiki
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> From: "Mikey Ariel" <mariel(a)redhat.com>
> To: users(a)ovirt.org, devel(a)ovirt.org, infra(a)ovirt.org
> Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2016 1:42:56 PM
> Subject: [ovirt-devel] Coming (Very) Soon - New ovirt.org
> Deprecated Wiki
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> In the past months we've been working on upgrading the oVirt project
> infrastructure, to better support the community contributions.
> One of the main platforms for our user documentation, release
> management content, and community content has been the MediaWiki site
> that you all know as ovirt.org
. Most of us are familiar with the wiki
> site format, with all its advantages and disadvantages.
> After several years of serving the community, I'm happy to announce
> that we are very near to completing a full upgrade of the website
> infrastructure from a wiki site to a static site, source-controlled on
> GitHub and authored in Markdown.
> This email is the pre-launch announcement, as we are reaching the
> final stages of the migration, and there are a few actions that might
> affect your work on website content in the meantime.
> Why migrate the website
> As mentioned, wiki sites provide an open and flexible content editing
> platform. Unfortunately, as the site grows the content becomes quite
> difficult to manage and curate, resulting in lots of obsolete,
> outdated, and incorrect information.
> By moving to a source-controlled repository and implementing GitHub's
> contribution workflow, we strive to ease the work of maintaining an
> up-to-date content site, employ a peer-review process for changes, and
> standardize the authoring markup language to lower the contribution
> The Middleman framework (Ruby-based static site generator) was chosen
> based on observing successful implementation of other open-source
> community websites, such as OpenStack RDO, Project Atomic, and Gluster.
> What we did so far
> When we started the migration, our Web design team exported all of the
> wiki content from the old website and converted it to MD files. They
> also set up the website config flow, auto-deploy, and upgraded the
> look-and-feel of the website.
> We then initiated a content review effort as well as a UX review for
> the new website in a smaller forum, which caught most of the critical
> issues with the new website and helped us get the new format to a
> place where we can release the website in a near-GA/public-beta format.
> Yesterday (Wednesday Feb 17) we exported the website one more time and
> currently we're running a diff on all the files that changed since the
> initial export was done, to make sure we grab all the updates and the
> latest content before we launch the new website.
> What is about to happen
> Today we are initiating a **wiki freeze**, which means the old
> MediaWiki site will become read-only. This is to ensure that all of
Where's the old MediaWiki site? (seems the old URL redirects to the new one).
> our diff scripts reflect the most current state of the content on the
> website, and that we don't lose any content in the transition.
> Barring any unexpected blockers, we will port the ovirt.org
> point to the new website and open the new website for contributions on
> **Monday February 22** or earlier.
> What do you need to do right now
> If you have any wiki pages that you're actively editing, please don't
> save them to the old MediaWiki site, and hold onto your pending
> changes until we send the happy launch email.
> We will also include instructions on how to contribute/edit/add
> content to the new website, but in general the workflow will be
> aligned with the standard GitHub best practices
> (clone-edit-commit-pullrequest), so you can utilize all of the git
> commands that you already know or work directly within the GitHub web
> I'd like to thank all of the people who were involved with this
> migration so far, ovirt.org
is a big website with lots of content and
> it was no small task to upgrade it.
> Please feel free to ping me on- or off-list if you have any questions
> about the next steps, and expect a happy launch email soon!
> - --
> Mikey Ariel
> Community Lead, oVirt
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