Sysadmin Load Reduction: Project Specific Sites

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Fri Nov 8 23:50:07 GMT 2019


Hi all,

In terms of project specific sites, we are in a reasonably good state
here, with most sites being based off either a standard CMS or static
site generator (which are relatively easy to maintain in bulk with the
incremental effort being much lower).

There are some exceptions though, and in the case where the service no
longer appears to be in use, or the project in question now inactive,
it makes more sense for us to render the sites into either static
copies, or to discontinue the service.

I'd therefore like to propose that the following websites be converted
into static copies:

- Commit Digest (commit-digest.org): The last time this was updated
was back in 2014, with the most recent issue there being nearly 5
years old.

- RKWard (rkward.kde.org): This site is currently based on Mediawiki,
which is substantially more difficult to maintain and keep updated
compared to a site built using Hugo, Jekyll, Wordpress or Drupal.

Given that the site was last updated back in early 2018, i'd like to
make this static, and should updates need to be made in the future the
content can then be converted at that time into something more easy to
maintain.

- Simon (simon.kde.org): While this site is based on Drupal, the
project itself hasn't seen a release now since 2013, more than 5 years
ago. Given that this seems to be unlikely to change soon, it makes
more sense at this stage to remove even the incremental cost of
maintaining it's Drupal instance, and convert it to a static site.

- Marble (marble.kde.org): Whilst this site is for the most part a
minimally dynamic site, it has a component to it which essentially
replicates Planet, just having Marble only postings. This necessitates
custom logic on the server side, which is something no other site
(including www.kde.org) has.

I'd therefore like to eliminate this logic (leaving the rest of the
site as it is)

- Vvave Stream (vvave-stream.kde.org): This site was originally
created as an "online platform for the Babe music player" (which was
subsequently renamed to Vvave).

Based on server logs however it appears to be essentially unused, and
given that it is Python based (which is one of the more maintenance
intensive forms of hosting we provide) i'd like to shut this down.

Any comments regarding the above?

Cheers,
Ben


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