[GSOC 2013] Easy plugins with a website

Bhaskar Kandiyal bkandiyal at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 17:45:13 EDT 2013

On Tuesday 16 April 2013 12:30 AM, Jorge Villaseñor wrote:
> Regarding the plugin webpage. Do someone knows if there is a FLOSS
> platform that we can use instead of creating a new one?
> A new system would require someone to maintain it forever and I don't
> know if we can handle that much work.
> I am thinking on the engine behind KDE Look and Gnome Look. Maybe
> Mozilla have some engine too.

Interesting idea :) I was under the impression that most of these
websites either use a CMS like Drupal or they don't release their source
for the website (which it seems is the case for OpenDesktop sites like
KDE-Look etc.).

As for Mozilla, I searched extensively and found that they use their own
custom-built CMS for their addons.mozilla.org website called Zamboni.
And it's released publicly for everyone to use [1] (Gotta love Mozilla :))

And it's developed in Django so that's an added plus. The only downside
to it is that it has a lot more features than we currently need. But I'm
guessing they can be easily disabled. It's built specifically for
Mozilla's own add-ons website so I'm not sure how difficult it would be
to use it (or set up) for our own purpose. Also, would someone look at
their license [2] and check if it's fit for our use? (It looks simple
enough, but I thought I'd throw it out there since I'm no expert in

I'm currently looking into setting up Zamboni and how it can be
customized for our plugins website. I've encountered a few problems
setting it up which I'll try to sort out.

[1] - https://github.com/mozilla/zamboni
[2] - https://github.com/mozilla/zamboni/blob/master/LICENSE

Bhaskar Kandiyal

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