Made a bunch of progress today on a test installation here on my machine. Got all the mu-plugins compatible stuff working, and most of the normal plugins as well. Probably still spend some more time later tonight. Making some Implementation Notes (see Page) as I go to keep track of things so it’s easier to reproduce etc. Have had to modify quite a few plugins unfortunately, but we can look at submitting patches back to their authors once we’re done perhaps
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Talked to Andy Peatling about the new “Site Wide Plugin” support he’s written for WPMU, but I think it’s going to work better to handle auto-activation of plugins (and configuration via direct option setting in DB) via a custom script in mu-plugins.
Thinking about building a custom installer if we get time. Should be run immediately after the core WPMU install (ideally would handle that install, plus the custom stuff, but we'll see what have time for). Should handle integration with bbPress, configuration of all plugins etc. Selecting which plugins are actually active would still be good to allow via the admin UI (so they can, for example, disable Polls or Events, or whatever.