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Re: [News] Rating Free and Open Source Projects, Linux is Third

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Mark Kent
on Fri, 1 Dec 2006 08:39:37 +0000
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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Best Open Source Project?
>> Wikipedia takes first, second for Firefox, Ubuntu Linux at 3rd
>> http://www.grupthink.com/topic/821
> Wikipedia is not really open-source is it, it's open data or something,
> or do they really mean the actual project itself, rather than the site?

I'll admit to some curiosity.  Editing an article is easy
enough (though without registration one gets an IP addy
hit in a log somewhere; I'm primarily a "typo fixer" at
this point, the few times I find them).  Presumably it's
a heavily modified forum system but there could be a fair
number of complexities in there.

There is a Technical FAQ
which among other things mentions the ability to download
the entire Wikipedia database.  It might be a SQL or XML dump;
the actual software is named MediaWiki.

If one needs an individual page, one possibility is to use
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Export/Linux (the
regular page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux).
This is an XML dump, and gives an insight into the guts
of how Wiki stores things.  I'm not sure it's a very good
insight but obviously there's a lot going on under the
scenes in Wikipedia/MediaWiki, among them word links.

One might glean more insight by viewing
which among other things mentions the doublebracket
syntax ([[link]]), points to the official homepage,
from where one might be able to download the software
(from SourceForge) and browse the SVN.

#191, ewill3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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