[Moin-user] Migrating to MediaWiki

Tim Bird tim.bird at am.sony.com
Tue Mar 17 20:17:03 EDT 2009

McLaughlin, Daniel D wrote:
> Sorry. I wasn't clear. 
> I have no prior wiki experience to base any comparisons with MoinMoin. 
> I was asked to download MoinMoin and set up a standalone wiki for a team I support. Now the requirements for authentication, security, backups, and support have increased. I don't have the bandwidth to support a wiki and found out that corporate IT hosts wiki's via MediaWiki. Migrating will allow the wiki data to be on my corporate NFS server, where it is backed up, and the IT group will support the service.  
> I know nothing about MediaWiki and hope that the IT group will engage MediaWiki support for help with the migration. If I investigate on my own, I would be glad to provide an assessment of their mailing-list / forum.

FWIW, I have migrated a MoinMoin wiki to MediaWiki, due to similar
considerations.  How hard this will be depend largely on how much
you currently use tables, smileys, macros and processors.  The table
syntax for MediaWiki is quite a bit different (more primitive in most
respects, but handles multi-line cells, which is a big plus).

Other features, like headings, URL and inter-wiki linking, text
markup, etc, are very similar, and you can probably convert most
pages with only these basic features with an automated tool.
 -- Tim

Tim Bird
Architecture Group Chair, CE Linux Forum
Senior Staff Engineer, Sony Corporation of America

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