I just noticed that Python 2.4 was released at the end of November. Fedora Core 3 RPMs are already available from the Python.org site. It’s supposed to have better performance than 2.3, so I may have to try it on my website to see if it will speed up my MoinMoin wiki, which is frustratingly slow.
Of course, this prompted me to check out the Moin Moin site, and I was pleased to discover that version 1.3 was released last week. New features that will cause me to upgrade soon:
- An antispam feature that “compares the page content against known spam patterns” when saving pages. A blacklist feature is also included.
- Enhanced search features, including regular expressions, case sensitive and title search
- Underlay directory to keep system and help pages separate. This will make later upgrades much easier.
- The new modern theme is much nicer than the old default theme
My website is on a shared server and I’m running MoinMoin on Apache via CGI. If my site were on a dedicated server, I’m sure I could get much better performance by running it on Twisted or on Apache with mod_python. I’m pretty sure my webhost doesn’t have mod_python installed. I’ve got to figure out some way to find out why it is so slow, though.
I’m very happy about the anti-spam feature. Until now, I’ve not posted any links to my wiki, because I’ve been afraid that spammers will find it.
Okay, it’s clear that I’ll be upgrading both Python and MoinMoin on my website soon. If I can’t figure out a way to speed up MoinMoin, though, I will likely give MediaWiki a try.