Not to get off topic, but I've been looking for blog and forum
software to integrate into an existing site. Beast doesn't seem to be
used all that much and I ran into a couple of bugs right from the
start. Mephisto I was just about to download and check out.
Anyone have other suggestions? Integration of the authentication
system with an existing rails site is a major consideration, along
with being able to change the look and feel.
Can't help you with an integrated blog solution yet.
But Savage Beast is essentially the Beast forum without authentication, in an rails engine incarnation, with an additional polymorphic "has many" added for dash (so you can associate forums with, well, whatever). And since it's a rails engine you can over-ride views, controllers, etc.
SB was extracted from my integration efforts with the Soup - (you can see it in action http://the-soup.net/ventures/1/forums/1). Since then I've integrated into another railsers commercial site.
blogged here: http://www.nnovation.ca/2007/5/18/savage-beast
the docs still suck, but someone with a little rails knowledge can integrate nicely quite quickly. The demo app currently serves as documentation.
demo app: http://svn.nnovation.ca/svn/savage_beast_demo/