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Have an Etherpad-lite install on openSUSE infrastructure

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Currently the marketing team in particular makes use of lots of piratepad's to work collaboratively on articles, announcements, plans and other things. Wiki's don't offer the ease and real-time collaboration features needed so piratepad is perfect. Except that it isn't. Piratepad has some serious issues (see "Why do we want this?"). So we would like to have an Etherpad install on openSUSE infrastructure.

Having our 'own' Etherpad instance on an openSUSE server would solve these issues. Even just having it as a SUSE Studio virtual image so it can be run somewhere would be good enough. In general, the openSUSE servers are pretty dependable and even when not, we know who to ping to solve problems.

User benefit:

The current 'solution' to use Piratepad has a bunch of issues:
Stability is a big one - Piratepad is down quite frequently, sometimes for a whole day, making our work difficult.
Another serious issue is oversight. We can't see what pads we have, resulting in lost pads (and the work we put into them) and duplication of efforts.
Then there is the lack of control. All piratepads are fully public - but we have sometimes things we'd like to keep under the lid like announcements we are working on, articles, board things etcetera. Etherpad provides access control which would help us immensely.
Part of that control issue is the ability (or lack there off) of deleting pads - we can't do that on Piratepad.
Finally, we don't OWN Piratepad. If it went away RIGHT NOW, we would loose MANY important articles, announcements and other good work. It would be a small disaster for the marketing team and it's getting potentially worse as we do more and more work on Etherpad.


Usecase would be pretty much half the work the marketing team does - writing announcements, articles, planning...

As the openSUSE 12.1 release has shown, the instability of etherpad is a serious impediment to openSUSE marketing. There is no other way to invite our whole community to help the marketing team write the product highlights and release notes without etherpad. We really need this on our own infrastructure...


icons/user_comment.png S. M. wrote: (8 years ago)

Although I myself haven't installed EtherPad yet, the general instructions on how to install and set up EtherPad can be found at http://pauleira.com/13/installing-etherpad/

icons/user_comment.png C. B. wrote: (8 years ago)

I'm starting to write requirements for an Etherpad appliance I'm going to create in SUSE Studio.  I filtered through many forums and there are some RPMs out there, but I was hoping for an official one for openSUSE.  Was this feature ever addressed?  Is this a "roll your own" situation?  I don't mind creating the RPM but then it would out of support of the release lifecycle.  Cheers!

icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (7 years ago)

I am not aware of any previous packaging attempts for Etherpad, maybe -project has anyone who knows?

icons/user_comment.png P. R. wrote: (7 years ago)

osc search etherpad ->

home:a_jaeger:branches:home:kwk  etherpad

home:kwk                         etherpad

icons/user_comment.png C. B. wrote: (7 years ago)

On the EtherPad list John McLear noted that after the October hackfest, a fresh RPM will be produced.  The one I plan to use before then is here:



icons/user_comment.png R. M. wrote: (7 years ago)

Appliance and package are fine, but what about real server, something like http://scratchpad.opensuse.org or some better name. 

icons/user_comment.png H. S. wrote: (7 years ago)

Agreed, that's what we need - get a server up and running. It's a practical solution to a real problem, and surely wouldn't be that difficult with the amount of sysadmin experience around here!

We don't need fancy features - the Piratepad one we are currently  using is simple and effective.

icons/user_comment.png R. M. wrote: (7 years ago)

Changed status to market place.

There is not much to discuss, we either implement that on Novell provided server farm, or look for someone that can host it.

icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (7 years ago)

If there is a package that works and can be installed, darix has promised to make sure it gets hosted. etherpad.opensuse.org I'd say :D

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (7 years ago)
icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (7 years ago)

Nice. Now, who can put this in a VM on SUSE infrastructure and let it run on etherpad.opensuse.org?

icons/user_comment.png J. D. wrote: (6 years ago)

add it to connect?

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

We should not consider etherpad anymore... the system will most likely never see anymore updates, and is a huge resource hog.
Etherpad-lite is by far a preferred branch.
A prebuilt and well-tested appliance image is available on SUSE Studio Gallery in enough formats that it should be easy to deploy anywhere ;)


icons/user_comment.png C. B. wrote: (3 weeks ago)

We have etherpad.opensuse.org since a while :-)

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