Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 09:38:11 -0500
From: Ken Pooley email@example.com
Subject: 28th of September, 2000 (#48)
This is the first of the biweekly Midgard Weekly Summaries. We
have been working with the template a little bit to make it as
useful, and easy to use, a publication as possible. I welcome all
feedback and am especially interested in how readable the text is
when it gets to your screen. I have been wrestling with a certain
word processor from Redmond to get the text to mail as well as
possible but would love to hear of other alternatives. Let me know
what you think.
Welcome to a new MWS.
- More information, easier to read, biweekly
Migrating to 1.4 from earlier installations.
- Most of us will have to do it eventually, planning a roadmap from 1.2.x to 1.4
Starting a site redesign.
-We are starting to think about what the site needs to do and how. What do you think?
Welcome to the new Midgard Weekly Summary.
We are in the process of redesigning and refining the layout and
publication of the venerable MWS. Our goals in this are twofold. On
one hand we are trying to include as much useful information as
possible in as logical a structure as possible. To that end at the
bottom of the page you will find directions for subscribing to the
Midgard list, a list of sites using Midgard as well as links to
documentation and downloads. At the same time we are trying to make
it as easy as possible to find out what is in the news. Towards
that goal we have tried to condense the top section of the news and
included a 'table of contents' with summaries of this week's
articles. We will also be adding a new MWS@midgard-project.org
email address in the coming weeks for feedback and contributions,
until then reply to the MWS on the Midgard mailing list.
Migrating to new versions of Midgard.
The coming months will bring a wealth of changes to Midgard and
what we can do with Midgard. While a lot of attention is paid to
the complete rewrite of Midgard which will come with version 2.0,
Midgard 1.4 will bring a number of substantial improvements and
changes. Version 1.4 is entering its final beta releases and should
be released in the next few weeks. For those who are new to Midgard
or have been running through the various beta versions of v1.4, the
final release will be a relief. For a number of us, who still run
sites on 1.2.x, the transition to 1.4 should be reasonably straight
forward but it is not quite a plug and run proposition. Additions
and changes to the 1.4 database structure make it necessary to make
a number of changes to the Midgard database before 1.4 can be run,
those changes, not coincidentally, also form the basis for a number
of the new features in 1.4. They include, blob support, repligard,
snippets, events, some parameter changes and site groups.
Emile, programmer, sky diver, and all around good guy, has
worked a great deal with scripts which map current data
installations and make changes to the database based on where your
data is and where it needs to go. It would be advisable to back up
your data before you send a script through your database but the
process is not terribly difficult. Emile did caution that the Site
Groups upgrade could cause problems if there are changes or
customization to the original admin files. This step in the upgrade
comes late in the process and Emile seems confident that by the
time the final release of v1.4 comes these problems will be
The database upgrade is the most problematic step in the
process, from the point of view of the application the upgrade
should be quite straight forward. Basically substituting the
various libraries and apps will take care of the upgrade, providing
the new functionality provided by the new database structure. A
number of vendors have developed package management strategies to
ease application upgrades, in the past there have been Red Hat RPMs
released for Midgard as well as packages for SuSe. A few open
source programs, best found on Freshmeat, also attempt to translate
different flavors of packages if those of your choice are not
available. (No warranties or guarantees are implied by this
reference) It is prudent to back up a copy of your httpd.conf file,
found as part of the Apache installation, before trying upgrade the
application portions your Midgard. Keep in mind, especially if you
have an older Apache installation that you may have to monkey with
your new httpd.conf to get all of the domains to run again.
There will be more specific information about the upgrade as
v1.4 nears the final candidate. The Midgard list is also an
excellent source of information and quick answers to upgrade
insecurity. At the same time parts of the Midgard website have
recently had the ability to create enduser annotation added. The
goal of annotation is one of community history, as we each have
observations to add there will be a place where the experiences of
the community can be recorded and retrieved.
www.Midgard-Project.org site redesign
Over the coming weeks Ron Parker and I will be working on a
redesign of the main Midgard-project website. Ron has done a great
deal to start systematically defining project requirements for the
new site's functionality. The essential goal of the redesign is
make access to information easy and tailored to the various
constituents served by the site. Ron and Emile have done a great
deal to add functions to Midgard which encourage community
participation in the development of information resources through
the use of page annotation. We also want to provide resources for
individuals and businesses, which use Midgard, to showcase their
projects and solutions. As always if you have suggestions or
comments we welcome all input, we hope to add a webmaster e-mail
address in the near future.
Midgard 1.4 is a content publishing tool for small and medium
sized sites. It is based on Apache, MySQL and PHP. The application
and its documentation are licensed GPL, LGPL and GFDL. This
licensing strategy guarantees that developers, webmasters, ISPs,
and business managers are investing in a strategy where they're
free to share solutions and participate in the application
The Midgard Weekly Summary is a bi-weekly newsletter for the
Midgard user and developer community, as well as the extended web
community. If you would like to release it or publish it, please
contact Ken Pooley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Previous issues of Midgard Weekly Summary can be found archived
at the Midgard web site.
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