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March 9, 2010

Collaborative Software

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mark @ 8:32 pm

I liked the idea of a wiki for the site.  My reasoning was

  1. There were lots of social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, FR33Agents.net) already in use.
  2. What seemed most useful to me was a site I could visit to find, for example, links to sites discussing secure communications software, or what options were available for private contract mediation.
  3. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with developments on my own.  I could seed the wiki with information as I found it, and then let others help keep it up to date.

I looked at three alternatives: WordPress as a Content Management System, hosting at WikiDot, and MindTouch Core.  All three were open source projects, with hosting options.

I decided on MindTouch because it was visually appealing and had lots of connectivity options to other software, such as Google Calendar.

As soon as I did, I found that the hosting options started disappearing–MindTouch no longer offered the free hosting at wik.is, and a low-cost option (nexcess.net) was also phased out.

The plan at the moment is to take the VMware virtual machine that MindTouch supplies at no cost, image it and transfer it to a Xen virtual machine, then host this at Nexcess.

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