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WikiSuite vs GoFAST

GoFAST and WikiSuite have some similarities. This page is to explain the differences and rationale of choices. You likely will be interested in the other alternatives to WikiSuite.

Similarities 

  • Both are solutions targeted for the enterprise

Differences 


Let's ignore the non open source parts, and investigate the GoFAST community edition: the list of components of GoFAST3 on this page is translated below:

OS CentOS 7 64bits
CMS Drupal 7
Web server and reverse proxy Apache 2.4 (php-fpm)
Database MySQL 5.7
Directory OpenLDAP 2.4
Document Management System Alfresco 5.2 Community
Search Apache Solr 5
API Server Apache Tomcat 7
Workflow Bonitasoft Community 6


Some editorial comments on these choices

Component Choice Comment
OS CentOS 7 64bits Fine choice
CMS Drupal 7 A powerful system, but prone to http://pluginproblems.com/ and is notoriously difficult to upgrade. Drupal 8 was released in November 2015 and Drupal 7 was released on in January 2011. Why use such as old version?
Web server and reverse proxy Apache 2.4 (php-fpm) Fine choice
Database MySQL 5.7 ok, but a little odd since MariaDB is the default in CentOS 7.x
Directory OpenLDAP 2.4 fine choice
Document Management System Alfresco 5.2 Community Notice that it's the community edition
Search Apache Solr 5 fine choice
API Server Apache Tomcat 7 fine choice
Workflow Bonitasoft Community 6 Notice that it's the community edition


Overall: It's interesting because of a "suite mentality" to package everything and deal with internal complexities. But it falls short to be considered a true enterprise suite:

  • Missing key components like email, chat, and video conferencing
  • Two of the key components are community editions, and as such, any serious project will run into the limits of community editions of GoFAST and Bonitasoft and Alfresco.
  • Given Alfresco is the center piece, there is a risk of too much focus on the file paradigm: Files vs web pages

Other alternatives