[Deploying Sakai] URGENT: I must choose between Sakai and Moodle within 24 hours

Warwick Chapman warwick at thusa.net
Mon Feb 22 11:46:23 PST 2010

Thank you Stephen.  I have recognised that as OSS projects go, Sakai does
seem to have a very active local community who seem to have contributed some
siginificant work (eg. SOLO).

Do I assume the non-mention of Moodle in your responses equates to an
agreement that Sakai is the preferable solution even for a smaller

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM, Stephen Marquard <
stephen.marquard at uct.ac.za> wrote:

> Hi Warwick,
> To enable non-admin users to create project sites, you need to grant the
> "site.add" permission to the !user.template or !user.template.XYZ realm
> (where XYZ is the user type, e.g. guest, registered or anything else in use)
> using the Realms tool in the Administrator Workspace.
> You are correct in that some aspects of Sakai are not as well documented as
> they could be, but you will find helpful responses from the lists, and there
> is also an active Sakai community in South Africa.
> For a low-use deployment, you could start with a single system with between
> 4G and 8G of RAM and dual CPU. You can see examples of real production
> configurations at:
> http://jira.sakaiproject.org/browse/PROD
> Regards
> Stephen
> >>> Warwick Chapman <warwick at thusa.net> 2/22/2010 8:36 PM >>>
> Hi All
> This is my first post so please forgive me should I not be familiar with
> protocol.
> Please could I ask for some assistance.  I've been tasked with deploying a
> learning platform for the Democratic Alliance, the official opposition
> political party in South Africa.  We want to use this platform to further
> and more effectively train all our public representatives and staff around
> the country.
> I have a report detailing the outcomes of a scoping working which I can
> make
> available to anyone should they be interested but basically, the
> requirements of the platform are as follows:
> 1. Online courses
> 2. Knowledgebase
> 3. Chat module for learner support
> 4. Forum
> 5. Must work on dialup-speed connections, though we expect most people to
> have 256kbps-4096kbps connections
> 6. Simple to create and manage courses and assessment
> 7. Support multiple languages (SA has 11 official languages)
> 8. Work on mobile devices
> The more I look at Sakai, the more it appears to me that out of the box it
> meets more of these requirements than Moodle does, and it seems to me to be
> better built and more sensible.
> -- BUT --
> I have been in the IT industry for 15 years as a developer, project manager
> and executive focusing on Open Source solutions and Sakai is making me feel
> like a real dum dum.  I have 2.6.2 demo running and am using Packt's "Sakai
> Courseware Management" as a guide.
> Something as simple as following the steps in "My First Project Site" are
> leaving me wondering if Sakai is well documented enough for the average
> non-University IT department user to deploy and manage.  I cannot seem to
> find a "new" link when logged in as a non-admin user and as an admin, I
> cannot find where to grant permission to the non-admin user to create a
> project site.
> Also, I cannot seem to easily find details relating to what hardware
> requirements I should expect for a low-use deployment.  Pointers?
> Warwick
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