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32     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">30</td>
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34     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">&quot;Planet Gentoo&quot; web log aggregator</td>
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36 g2boojum 1.2 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Version:</th><td class="field-body">1.2</td>
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38 g2boojum 1.2 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Last-Modified:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0030.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2004/11/10 16:14:15</a></td>
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40     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Daniel Drake &lt;dsd&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;</td>
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42     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Draft</td>
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48     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">24-Oct-2004</td>
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50     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">25-Oct-2004</td>
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56     <p class="topic-title first"><a name="contents">Contents</a></p>
57     <ul class="simple">
58 g2boojum 1.2 <li><a class="reference" href="#credits" id="id19" name="id19">Credits</a></li>
59     <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id20" name="id20">Abstract</a></li>
60     <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id21" name="id21">Motivation</a></li>
61     <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id22" name="id22">Specification</a></li>
62     <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id23" name="id23">Rationale</a></li>
63     <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id24" name="id24">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
64     <li><a class="reference" href="#reference-implementation" id="id25" name="id25">Reference Implementation</a></li>
65     <li><a class="reference" href="#references" id="id26" name="id26">References</a></li>
66     <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id27" name="id27">Copyright</a></li>
67 g2boojum 1.1 </ul>
68     </div>
69     <div class="section" id="credits">
70 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id19" name="credits">Credits</a></h1>
71 g2boojum 1.1 <ul class="simple">
72     <li><a class="reference" href="mailto:stuart&#64;gentoo.org">Stuart Herbert</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id1" id="id2" name="id2">[1]</a> for the original idea</li>
73     <li><a class="reference" href="mailto:alexander&#64;gentoo.org">Alexander Plank</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id3" id="id4" name="id4">[2]</a> who also has put effort into promoting this</li>
74     </ul>
75     </div>
76     <div class="section" id="abstract">
77 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id20" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
78 g2boojum 1.1 <p>This GLEP proposes the creation of &quot;Planet Gentoo&quot;, a new section of the
79     gentoo.org website. It would aggregate weblogs (commonly known as &quot;blogs&quot;)
80     written by contributing Gentoo developers onto this single page, available to
81     the public. I will refer to this new website section as &quot;the planet&quot; in this
82     GLEP.
83     We would also provide an installation of a weblog engine for developers that
84     do not currently have their own weblog.</p>
85     </div>
86     <div class="section" id="motivation">
87 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id21" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
88 g2boojum 1.1 <p>I'm trying to reduce the gap between the Gentoo user and development
89     communities.</p>
90     <p>Many large open source projects and software distributors have their own
91     Planet where contributors weblogs are aggregated. See the <a class="reference" href="http://www.planetplanet.org">Planetplanet</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id6" id="id7" name="id7">[3]</a>
92     homepage for a complete listing. These other aggregations appear to be
93     successful and bring their relevant communities together.</p>
94     <p>These aggregations are often quite interesting to read, since they contain a
95     variation of topics, not all of which are related to the project.</p>
96     <p>The planet would add another method of user interaction with developers, as
97     most weblogs allow readers to post comments.</p>
98     <p>Readers would get more interested in the Gentoo project, and would get a feel
99     for the personalities of the contributing developers. Although I am not
100     suggesting this should be used as an announcement tool, developers could also
101     use this to get general messages over to the user community.</p>
102 g2boojum 1.2 <p>This would also benefit our development, as developers would also be able to
103     keep track of what other developers are working on and promote more
104     collaboration amongst each other.</p>
105 g2boojum 1.1 </div>
106     <div class="section" id="specification">
107 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id22" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
108     <p>The proposed design is an installation of <a class="reference" href="http://www.planetplanet.org">Planetplanet</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id6" id="id8" name="id8">[3]</a> at a part of the
109 g2boojum 1.1 gentoo.org infrastructure, e.g. <a class="reference" href="http://planet.gentoo.org">http://planet.gentoo.org</a></p>
110 g2boojum 1.2 <p>We would also provide an installation of <a class="reference" href="http://packages.gentoo.org/search/?sstring=wordpress">Wordpress</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id10" id="id11" name="id11">[4]</a> or a similar weblogging
111 g2boojum 1.1 engine, for developers that do not have their own weblog or would wish to
112     move their log to an official Gentoo hosted website. This could be provided
113     at (e.g.) <a class="reference" href="http://weblogs.gentoo.org">http://weblogs.gentoo.org</a></p>
114     </div>
115     <div class="section" id="rationale">
116 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id23" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
117     <p><a class="reference" href="http://www.planetplanet.org">Planetplanet</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id6" id="id9" name="id9">[3]</a> is simply a weblog aggregator written in python. It is
118 g2boojum 1.1 executed as a cronjob and fetches content from all the weblogs it has been
119     asked to, postprocesses and aggregates them into a single html file (based on
120     a template), and outputs that html content to an area provided by a webserver.
121     This should allow for ease of integration with any existing infrastructure.</p>
122 g2boojum 1.2 <p>Planetplanet is configurable through a single configuration file, which lists
123     the log feed URL, real name and user name for each contributing developer.</p>
124     <p><a class="reference" href="http://packages.gentoo.org/search/?sstring=wordpress">Wordpress</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id10" id="id12" name="id12">[4]</a> is a weblogging engine written in PHP. It relies on MySQL for
125     the data store. After the initial setup, all configuration is done through a
126     web-based interface.</p>
127 g2boojum 1.1 <p>A group of people would be assigned the responsibility/CVS access to maintain
128 g2boojum 1.2 these two services. I would suggest the existing infrastructure team to have
129     this responsibility. If required, I will assist with the initial
130     configuration.</p>
131 g2boojum 1.1 <p>The planetplanet installation would fetch and aggregate developers weblogs
132     only, we would not accept non-developer logs.</p>
133     <p>Developers do not have to host their weblogs with us, practically all blogging
134     packages provide an XML feed (typically RSS) which planetplanet will happily
135     fetch and process. Other feed formats are also accepted, examine the
136 g2boojum 1.2 planetplanet documentation for more info.
137     In the event of a contributing Gentoo developer leaving the project, their log
138     would be removed from the aggregation. If their log was hosted by ourselves,
139     it would be closed. For this reason, some developers may choose to host their
140     log elsewhere - this is not a problem and is left to the decision of the
141     individual developers.</p>
142     <p>It is true that the addition of the planet to our website collection would add
143     yet another source of Gentoo information to our collection; our users and
144     developers are already overwhelmed with IRC, mailing lists, forums, and the
145     central website. In contrast, a lot of information is currently replicated
146     over those mediums, but the planet would provide a taste of something new.
147     Developers can choose their own topics and are free to write about things that
148     perhaps would not fit into our existing communication mediums. Additionally,
149     the planet will attempt to bring some existing content together by linking to
150     recent commits, bug lists, and dev.gentoo.org webspace for each contributing
151     developer.</p>
152 g2boojum 1.1 <p>It has been suggested that the activity of the planet may be an issue:
153     although a lot of activity would make the planet very successful, it may look
154     bad on us as a whole if the planet is inactive.</p>
155 g2boojum 1.2 <p><a class="reference" href="mailto:alexander&#64;gentoo.org">Alexander Plank</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id3" id="id5" name="id5">[2]</a> started a <a class="reference" href="http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.devel/20480">gentoo-dev discussion</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id13" id="id14" name="id14">[5]</a> back in August regarding
156     this exact idea. Alexander set up a <a class="reference" href="http://penguincluster.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/BlogInterest">Planet Gentoo mini-survey</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id15" id="id16" name="id16">[6]</a> to see which
157 g2boojum 1.1 developers have weblogs or would be interested in obtaining one to be
158     aggregated on the planet. At the time of writing, the survey yielded a list
159     of 21 interested developers.</p>
160     <p>Looking at the other planets available, a contributor count like this would be
161     more than enough to keep the planet active and interesting. Through my
162     experiments of finding developers existing weblogs through google and
163     aggregating them on my local Planetplanet installation, I have come to the
164     conclusion that just a small quantity of active weblogs is enough to keep the
165     planet going strongly.</p>
166     <p>I also note that the list of 21 interested developers was built up over a
167     short space of time, and it was only mentioned once in a rather large thread
168     on the gentoo-dev mailing list. I predict that given more publicity amongst
169     the developers, this idea would be even more popular. I also predict that if
170     such a planet were to go live, other developers would be motivated to join in,
171     and new developers joining the project would be keen on contributing.</p>
172 g2boojum 1.2 <p>The success of the planet will be evaluated by examining the number of hits to
173     the planet. 3 months after launch, one weeks worth of logs will be recorded,
174     and hits will be counted. If the hit count for that week is below 1000, the
175     planet will be deemed as not having met its target, and appropriate action can
176     be taken if the planet appears to be harming our image.</p>
177 g2boojum 1.1 </div>
178     <div class="section" id="backwards-compatibility">
179 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id24" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
180 g2boojum 1.1 <p>No issues.</p>
181     </div>
182     <div class="section" id="reference-implementation">
183 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id25" name="reference-implementation">Reference Implementation</a></h1>
184     <p>See <a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/63160">Bug 63160</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id17" id="id18" name="id18">[7]</a> for a template file mimicking the current gentoo.org design
185 g2boojum 1.1 plus a sample config file.</p>
186     </div>
187     <div class="section" id="references">
188 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id26" name="references">References</a></h1>
189 g2boojum 1.1 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id1" rules="none">
190     <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
191     <tbody valign="top">
192     <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id2" name="id1">[1]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="mailto:stuart&#64;gentoo.org">mailto:stuart&#64;gentoo.org</a></td></tr>
193     </tbody>
194     </table>
195     <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id3" rules="none">
196     <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
197     <tbody valign="top">
198     <tr><td class="label"><a name="id3">[2]</a></td><td><em>(<a class="fn-backref" href="#id4">1</a>, <a class="fn-backref" href="#id5">2</a>)</em> <a class="reference" href="mailto:alexander&#64;gentoo.org">mailto:alexander&#64;gentoo.org</a></td></tr>
199     </tbody>
200     </table>
201     <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id6" rules="none">
202     <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
203     <tbody valign="top">
204 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a name="id6">[3]</a></td><td><em>(<a class="fn-backref" href="#id7">1</a>, <a class="fn-backref" href="#id8">2</a>, <a class="fn-backref" href="#id9">3</a>)</em> <a class="reference" href="http://www.planetplanet.org">http://www.planetplanet.org</a></td></tr>
205 g2boojum 1.1 </tbody>
206     </table>
207 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id10" rules="none">
208 g2boojum 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
209     <tbody valign="top">
210 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a name="id10">[4]</a></td><td><em>(<a class="fn-backref" href="#id11">1</a>, <a class="fn-backref" href="#id12">2</a>)</em> <a class="reference" href="http://packages.gentoo.org/search/?sstring=wordpress">http://packages.gentoo.org/search/?sstring=wordpress</a></td></tr>
211 g2boojum 1.1 </tbody>
212     </table>
213 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id13" rules="none">
214 g2boojum 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
215     <tbody valign="top">
216 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id14" name="id13">[5]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.devel/20480">http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.devel/20480</a></td></tr>
217 g2boojum 1.1 </tbody>
218     </table>
219 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id15" rules="none">
220 g2boojum 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
221     <tbody valign="top">
222 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id16" name="id15">[6]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://penguincluster.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/BlogInterest">http://penguincluster.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/BlogInterest</a></td></tr>
223 g2boojum 1.1 </tbody>
224     </table>
225 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id17" rules="none">
226 g2boojum 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
227     <tbody valign="top">
228 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id18" name="id17">[7]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/63160">http://bugs.gentoo.org/63160</a></td></tr>
229 g2boojum 1.1 </tbody>
230     </table>
231     </div>
232     <div class="section" id="copyright">
233 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id27" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
234 g2boojum 1.1 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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