[nSLUG] Auto-replication of files to web server

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Sun Oct 22 21:16:49 ADT 2006

It really depends on which part of sharepoint's hodge-podge
of stuff was interesting to you.  There are other solutions for
CMS, DMS, blogs, news server, etc., which have been
around for far longer than Sharepoint.  Try a google
for "sharepoint alternative" and see the scope of what
others have discovered in researching this.

One thing that many sharepoint users fail to grasp is
that it is poor in management features - and this is
partly because it is designed a virtual and ad-hoc
meeting space for short term projects.  Sites are
automatically cleared after so many days.  Not
the best fit for something like a document
management solution.


On 10/22/06, Miles Thompson <miles at allnovascotia.com> wrote:
> Thank-you everyone for your thoughts and suggestions.
> The question arose during one of those "parking lot" discussions; the
> fellow's complaint was how his Windows 2003 Small Business Server and
> Sharepoint were supposed to do all this wonderful stuff, but he'd had no
> luck configuring it. That piqued my interest and I began thinking about a
> "Linux way".
> Cheers - Miles
> At 09:26 PM 10/20/2006, D G Teed wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >Like Jason says, it sounds like you are talking about rsync.
> >Really there isn't much difference between that and just
> >allowing samba access to a directory on the web
> >server, if the contributors are on your local LAN.
> >
> >As far as sharepoint goes, I don't know of any part of it
> >that involves a directory you just populate.  Sharepoint
> >stories everything in the backend database.  It uses
> >active-X plugins from Office 2003 to provide excel
> >and MS Windows explorer type of interface within certain
> >sharepoint contexts.  That is useful for the Windows
> >Internet Explorer user, but no one else.  That Windows
> >explorer-like view should not be confused with
> >the existance of a directory it is displaying - it is
> >all dynamically generated from the DB backend.
> >
> >Having said that, it has been awhile since I played with
> >sharepoint and there may now be a web part which
> >shows the content of an FTP site within one web part.
> >Perhaps that is a feature you find interesting.  But most
> >people using sharepoint are going to be interested
> >in the revision control and other collaborative
> >features which go beyond a simple FTP repository.
> >
> >--Donald
> >
> >
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