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FLORA Community WEB Server Information and Projects
FLORA Community WEB Server Project.
- (archived) Comnet-www
discussion group is for general Community Networking, focusing on OSS/Free
software communications tools.
- (archived) admin-design discussion
group is for the discussion/design of FLORA.ORG specific services.
- (Moved to flora.ca) server
status archive has reports of various changes being made to the FLORA
Community Consulting servers.
This site is a work in progress to link volunteers from the Ottawa online
community with a project that can help their community. A large part of
the mission of FLORA is to demonstrate, document, or develop technology
that can be used to more effectively communicate within a community.
The intention is to make all the services of FLORA able to be replicated
on any other server. To this end I have started to make available many of
the packages that FLORA makes use of. The server start with a stock Fedora Core Linux server.
Specifics of FLORA Server
- Webserver: Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS)
Fedora release 8 (Werewolf)
- SQL Database:
- We do not support JServ(Java on the server), FrontPage(ASP/VBScript),
ColdFusion or other proprietary vendor specific languages. There are,
however, conversion tools available such as asp2php (VBScript to PHP) which may
help. More information on PHP can be found in the Help for Web Managers. PHP scripts
are also run in Safe-Mode.
Please also see the OX pages for more
project ideas you may wish to get involved in.
- Each year there is a Commuter Challenge. In the past Auto-Free Ottawa managed the software
used to keep track of participants. We opened up a SourceForge project
for a package called Commuter Challenge: GNU
- FLORA currently uses the University of Washington IMAPD (Often just an
upgraded version from the one distributed with RedHat) and a version of
Sendmail compiled with HESIOD support. On new systems, Sendmail only
needs to be recompiled in an environment that includes libhesiod and
to use an updated MC Makefile, while older
versions required changing the
Common Email addressing project,
- User authentication
- While we were previously working on a custom Login Domain system, we are currently using
system. In the future we plan to move to LDAP
- Multi-medium discussion groups
- Much work is happening in this area. Main existing components are:
- Rich Site Summaries: We have only recently
started to use them, but distribution of 'whats new' links will become
more common. The hope is to create a 'my.flora.org' which would support
per-user customizable RSS Syndication and Aggregation of activist sites.
- Mailing List: We currently use Majordomo for mailing lists.
- Mail To News gateway: We currently use Newsgate from ISC.
- Web-base Newsreader: The tool used for ott.* newsgroup reading is a very
hacked up CGI/PERL system which causes a heavy load on the server (Each
request spawns a copy of PERL and then a copy of nnrpd).
- PHP/SQL based forumdb is used for most FLORA
discussion groups and is much faster than the NEWS based archives. There
is a SourceForge
Project that contains more information.
- Web-based List archives: We use MHonArc for
many groups that do not also gate to a newsgroup.
Some old ideas and discussions are still online:
- WEB Publishing
- Apache is used as the Webserver (Version
details above), and maintenance is done through FTP (Supported by any FTP
client, as well as many of the 1-step-publishing methods). We use the
guest service of wu_ftpd which does a chroot() into the users home
directory and does not allow them to read/modify other files on the disk.
2010/09/25 17:35:36 UTC by RWM