Archive for March, 2008
March 27, 2008
Really impressed with the latest release of MediaWiki (the software that runs Wikipedia). Just upgraded the Wiki we use at work from 1.9 to 1.12 – the upgrade was pretty much problem free – some new features I’ve found useful:
If you are looking for Wiki software (and don’t have the budget for Confluence – which looks very nice indeed) then check it out – mega easy to install and dead easy to use once you install the FCKeditor plugin (as Wiki text can be a bit of a barrier to adoption).
March 15, 2008
Filed Under (Open Source, PHP, Ubuntu, Web Development, Zend Framework) by Ollie Cronk on 15-03-2008
Direct link to article: http://andigutmans.blogspot.com/2008/02/zend-framework-to-be-part-of-ubuntu.html
March 12, 2008
Update: We have now gone for Vanilla forum which is really nice. PHP4 but has a really nice interface, next step Framework integration!
This is more for notes to myself for now – that I installed bbPress (by the same developers as WordPress that this blog runs on) and Phorum 5. To see if they are any good / worth using at work (eg will they integrate well with other web tools/the Zend/AEA Framework, how well are they written and documented, whats the licensing etc).
This integrates quite nicely with WordPress (uses the same users) would be good if it could use more of the WordPress installation stuff (eg templating). Also has a nice Poll plugin (although code for this looks a bit hacky).
Cons: PHP4 based, Doesn’t look very mature from its version number, GPL license might cause issues when integrating.
Phorum 5: http://sucrose.cronky.net/phorum/
Particularly interested in this one as it looks good / feature rich but it is also BSD licensed making it more flexible to customise and incorporate into other frameworks without having to re-release an Open Source version.
Cons: Again PHP 4 based.
Silverstripe Forum Module (need to install on dev box)
The other thing to consider is whether a dedicated tool like one of the above offers compelling advantages over the Silverstripe Forum module (although the Forum module is a bit alpha in our experience so far – but then it is at v0.1.2!)
Some benefits of the SS module include PHP5 / MVC implementation, that we are already using SS for CMS anyway…
March 08, 2008
Whilst trying to get my Sony memory stick slot (Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) working on my Vaio under Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) I came across this bug report where someone recommended trying the live CD of the latest release (Hardy Heron) to see if that fixed the issue.
Not sure is progress on the issue with the memory stick reader has been made – instead of:
[10321.605008] tifm_core: MemoryStick card detected in socket 0:0
I now get:
tifm_core: MemoryStick card detected in socket 0:0
Which is possibly a bit of a backwards step!
However what I did discover is that the alpha (development) version of Hardy – the new 8.04 version of Ubuntu which is due for release next month – is pretty stable. So I have decided to take the plunge and did a dist upgrade (changing the /etc/apt/sources to reference hardy rather than gutsy and then running upgrade-manager -d). So far working well (hopefully not famous last words!!) writing this from it.
This thread (SONY VAIO MEMORY STICK: tifm_7xx1: sd card detected in socket 0)
sudo mount /dev/tfa0 <mount point>
but this doesn’t work for me – if anyone knows how you look up what a device is likely to be listed as I’d be keen to know (need to do a bit of digging on this). I think I need to resolve the tifm_ms bit first.
I have been contributing the bug report (feels good to give something back after all the years of being a Linux user – now on the way to becoming a tester / bug reporter – who knows one day I might write some code for it!!)
Hardy comes with Firefox 3 beta 3 which seems really good also (hope I won’t be eating my words!) unfortunately Firebug and Google Brower sync (two plugins I can’t live without!) don’t seem to be available for it yet – so I am mostly using FF2 still.