[imc-cms] Comments on process and the 3 short listed CMS'

Robbt robbt at azone.org
Tue Nov 6 10:21:45 PST 2007

I'm willing to help with the Drupal team. What do I need to do ? Who am 
I working with ? I'm already in all of the Drupal IMC e-mail lists and I 
can contact others.

I guess I just need more clarification on these details.

The teams has to:
 * work on an environment they assigment for and investigate it 
 * collect the pros and cons
 * perform some customizations (according to indymedia needs)
 * present it to the rest in 1 month

Ok, I just read the IRC log for clarification. I'd be willing to help 
head the Drupal team, but I need specific details. I will try to compile 
a list of all of the Indymedia's currently using Drupal. I'll post an 
announcement on the Imc-Drupal-Dev list and the Indymedia group within 

What are the specifics of the assignment that I should know ?

What is the dead-line for comparing it ?

Are we really going to consider asking people to switch to Drupal, from 
the meeting it seemed like there was a real desire to redo Indymedia 
within CakePHP and kind of placate the Drupal people. I don't see anyone 
who has switched from IndyPlone either since if you have the tech-team 
to set it up and you are plone people it just works.

I guess my real question is what is at stake, are independent developers 
who created codebases from scratch really going to want to get involved 
in the Drupal project which is much larger and already has it's own 
process ? Or will people still want to do independent coding and have a 
custom IMC CMS framework. Or is this just so that we have a code-base 
that we can easily set-up and recommend for techieless IMC's.

I really don't see us getting everyone to get on board for just one CMS, 
but I think that I can show a lot of the potential within Drupal as to 
why it could be the preferred CMS for groups that are techieless.

I also feel that in addition to trying to get everybody behind a new 
development project we should be analyzing the existing infrastructure 
of IMC and map out what codebases individual IMC's are using and how 
many are active vs. Spammed out.

I also would love it for us to develop a point of intersection and 
communicating and going through process that wasn't only e-mail based. 
It's just easy for people to lose track of things and get overwhelmed.

If there are any specifics that are required and the deadline for 
presenting to the techmeet group let me know.

Robbt from Columbus.Indymedia.Org

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