[Pharo-project] Download choices :) or :(?

Adrian Lienhard adi at netstyle.ch
Mon Apr 11 09:52:22 CEST 2011

On Apr 11, 2011, at 04:43 , Serge Stinckwich wrote:

> There should be i guess just one download page.
> On the first page, there is some downloads links in the three columns.
> If you look at the python language website, there is only one download
> page, the same for Ruby.


> Adrian take care of the website if i remember. I know from experience
> this a really boring task.
> If we want to scale to a small team of volunteers, what could be done
> to simplify the modification of pages ?
> I know that the website currently used is based on Cmsbox and this is
> great showcase for Pharo&Smalltalk, but
> maybe an automatically generated html website with the help of tools
> like webgen or something similar with the pages on a git repository
> somewhere could help the management.

I don't think we have a tool issue here. We already have several people that help with managing the website and that works pretty well. I think the confusion about what to download can be addressed by providing less options. Maybe we just have too many of them... The initial idea was that in particular newcomers would just download the one-click image. In the meantime we got a one-click image with and without COG. Then people asked for direct shortcuts on the home page for the stable core, the unstable core, and the stable full image. Of course this makes everything very complicated for people who don't know what they want/need. So we should think again about what images we want to provide for download and how to link them.


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