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  • Rahul Sundaram is leading an effort to package Askbot and all its build time and runtime dependencies for Fedora. The goal is to get an instance of it running in say and serve as a forum for questions and answers. The dependencies are useful for various other projects as well.
  • Toshio from Fedora Infrastructure team raised the question of liability and Red Hat Legal has clarified that there isn't any. It is like the users list where end users answer other user's questions and we don't have to moderate the answers for legal reasons. Thanks to Spot for helping with a quick response.
  • Rahul Sundaram is in touch with the upstream developer, Evgeny Fadeev (evgeny.fadeev gmail) who is willing to help out with the integration with Fedora Account System. He has made some changes upstream to make it easier to integration with a external authentication system. Refer to for more details.
  • Prasad.J.Pandit (PJP) has added support for Fedora Authentication System (FAS) in Askbot. These patches have been sent upstream. Upstream has agreed to make auth support extensible so that we can plugin FAS auth support without having to patch Askbot and has sent us (Rahul and PJP) a patch to test this. Rahul Sundaram will followup as required.
  • Rahul Sundaram has discussed several enhancements and bug fixes with upstream and upstream is making progress. Check status via Some patch discussions etc are offlist

Review requests filed by Rahul Sundaram

django-keyedcache - (Lakshmi Narasimhan approved. In the repo now)

django-robots - (in the repo now)

django-countries - (in the repo now)

django-celery - (waiting on dependencies to be reviewed)

django-kombu - (approved. cannot be built without python-kombu in the repo first)

python-coffin - (in the repo now)

askbot - (waiting on dependencies to be reviewed)

Bundled dependencies split up

python-grapefruit - Filed by Praveen Kumar (Rahul Sundaram approved. In the repo now. Rawhide build not done yet)

django-recaptcha - Filed by Jitesh Shah (PJP approved. In the repo now)

Upstream status -

Optional dependencies

django-avatar: Rahul Sundaram mailed upstream asking for a release since Askbot has a optional dependency on the development snapshot of django avatar and upstream hasn't responded yet. Praveen Kumar filed a review request of the devel snapshot at (Rahul Sundaram has pre-reviewed. PJP approved. In the repo now)

django-followit: Praveen Kumar has filed (PJP will review)

Upstream status -

Other dependencies (pre-existing review requests)

django-picklefield (dep of python-celery) - (Rahul Sundaram has approved. Waiting on submitter)

python-msgpack (dep of python-kombu) (in the repo now)

python-kombu (dep of python-celery) - (Lakshmi Narasimhan has reviewed. Waiting on submitter)

python-celery (dep of django-celery) -

python-html5lib (runtime dep of askbot) - (Rahul Sundaram has reviewed. Waiting on submitter)

python-unidecode (runtime dep of askbot) (Review request filed by PJP. Rahul Sundaram is reviewing)

django-threaded-multihost (runtime dep of askbot) (Review request filed by Praveen Kumar. PJP is reviewing)

EPEL 6 status


  • Get the rest of the dependencies reviewed and in the Fedora and EPEL 6 branch (various people)
  • Package FAS auth support plugin (PJP)
  • Test Askbot in RHEL 6 with Askbot and dependencies from RPM packages (PJP)
  • Package django-threaded-multihost, runtime dep of askbot (Praveen Kumar)
  • Split up the rest of the bundled dependencies as appropriate and update the Askbot package (Rahul Sundaram)
  • File a request for resources with Fedora infrastructure team. (Rahul Sundaram)
  • Test the instance including admin interface, fas auth support, setup cron jobs (collective effort)
  • Add support, both as a login method and posting to it (Shreyank Gupta)
  • Add a sidebar for announcements (owner needed)

Askbot Fedora team

  • Rahul Sundaram (packaging, upstream contact)
  • Prasad J Pandit (administration help, FAS auth support, packaging)
  • Saleem Ansari (administration help)
  • Praveen Kumar (packaging)
  • Jitesh Shah (packaging)

Askbot info

  • Deployments of Askbot:

Also WindRiver (Intel) has a internal instance running according to upstream. More examples at


  • Alternatives:
  • Shapado - Shapado is an open source question-answer system written in Ruby, Mongomapper and MongoDB. is running a instance of this.
  • OSQA - OSQA (Open Source Question and Answer) is an open source question-answer system written in Python with Django. Askbot is a fork of OSQA.