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NAME README - Slash Readme WARNING This release of Slash is BETA software. Run at your own risk. There ARE bugs, there ARE broken and incomplete features, and documentation is not yet finished or wrong. For a production-quality release of Slash, see http://slashcode.com/. DESCRIPTION Slash -- Slashdot Like Automated Storytelling Homepage -- is the code that runs Slashdot. More than that, however, Slash is an architecture for putting together web sites. It comes with functionality for posting articles, conducting polls, having discussions, and more. But it can be extended in innumerable ways. Slash is written in Perl, and is built on top of Apache and mod_perl. It requires a database backend, though the only well-supported database used with it is MySQL (more databases will become well-supported as time goes on; PostgreSQL support is already well on its way). Slash is fast, scalable, and secure (as evidenced by one of the best test cases you could have, running Slashdot itself). Through a plugin system, developers can add functionality to Slash. Through themes and templates (which are written using Template Toolkit), the look and feel of a Slash site can be customized. See INSTALL for information about installing Slash, including hardware and software requirements. Read that document carefully, and follow the instructions as precisely as possible. There is no upgrade information yet; we will write information on upgrading from a 1.0.x site soon. DOCUMENTATION The .pod documentation included with Slash can be read with the `perldoc' program, included with perl, or translated using one of the many `pod2*' translators. The documentation is also available online on the Slash FAQ. Slash FAQ Basic information about Slash, how to contact the developers, and a lot more. http://slashcode.com/faq.shtml Template Toolkit For more information on how to write templates, see the Template Toolkit site. http://www.template-toolkit.org/ RSS For more information on RSS 1.0, and the RSS Slash module. http://purl.org/rss/1.0/ http://slashcode.com/rss/1.0/modules/Slash/ Installation The details on how to install Slash. INSTALL API The details of the API available in Slash. perldoc Slash perldoc Slash::Utility perldoc Slash::Display perldoc Slash::DB HOWTOs There are currently the beginnings of HOWTO documents for templates, plugins, and themes. docs/HOWTO-Plugins.pod docs/HOWTO-Templates.pod docs/HOWTO-Themes.pod Schema The layout and description of the database. docs/slasherd_bender.fig docs/slasherd_bender.pdf docs/slasherd_bender.ps docs/slashtables_bender.txt Other We need docs for upgrading. We need to upgrade the Getting Started doc. Authors The authors and contributors of Slash. AUTHORS LINKS Slashdot The site that started it all. http://slashdot.org/ Slash The main site for Slash. http://slashcode.com/ SourceForge Site Access to the code, bug reports, patches, and more. http://sourceforge.net/projects/slashcode/ COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE The information below applies to everything in this distribution, except where noted. Copyright 1997-2001 by Open Source Development Network. http://www.osdn.com/ Slash is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. Slash is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Slash (COPYING); if not, go to http://www.fsf.org/ or write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA. VERSION $Id$