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3 responses to “Startups in an Enterprise 2.0 World”

  1. Michael Daum

    Twiki in particular has been around for many years and continues to be one of the mainstays of the enterprise open source movement.

    Not sure about that. One year ago trademark holders have kicked out all core devs from the open source project which since then continue on That’s where all the TWiki experts are now.

  2. Peter Thoeny

    Clarification on “Both Twiki and xWiki seem to be moving slowly towards being more of an enterprise application platform than simple wiki, which is a space that Mindtouch in particular has helped define.”

    I started TWiki 11 years ago as a wiki based application platform. The initial application was a knowledge base for customer support. Many other apps followed, created in grassroots by thousands of companies. TWiki is used by more than half of the Fortune 500 and leading Government agencies with more than 60,000 installations in 130 countries and 14 languages. Other software projects have been inspired by TWiki, such as JotSpot (RIP apps feature), XWiki, MindTouch, and even some forks.

    TWiki is a commercial open source project similar to RedHat. The open source community at has an inviting code of conduct and governance model based on the successful Ubuntu project. Twiki Inc is the leading provider of enterprise agility solutions.

  3. Don Barry

    Clarification to Peter Thoeny’s clarification:

    Peter forked TWiki from JOSwiki in 1998. A thriving community developed
    over the intervening period — by the mid 00’s Peter was no longer the chief
    coder and others had essentially rearchitected the platform. As it became
    a compelling solution, it also held great temptations for monetization. Peter
    had registered the trademark during his original fork and was the sole
    holder of it. Tensions later arose because of this. Ultimately, a community
    governance committee sought to negotiate with Peter and his new backers
    about joint ownership of the name. An agreement had been tentatively
    agreed to, at least so the community thought, when Peter locked out all
    developers from the servers (“benevolently” run by his company) one minute
    before one of the joint weekly org meetups. They would only be readmitted
    upon accepting his numerous terms, among others declaring him dictator
    of the project. Can you guess what happened?

    TWiki’s open source “community” now consists of Peter, the marketing droids at
    his company, and a contract programmer working for them. Everyone else was
    kicked out. No one yet seems willing to swallow the “inviting code of conduct”, and
    since he doesn’t have the hundreds of millions that Shuttleworth uses to fund his community, he can’t buy a pod of programmers. So you can hear the crickets
    chirping over there on the core codebase.

    Meanwhile, Foswiki is where the action is: same quality code (they wrote it!) but
    actually maintained.

    Hundreds of bugfixes relative to the “trademarked commercial platform”. A real
    community with constant banter on their freenode #foswiki channel, where many
    people get help daily. An accelerated pace of development. Yahoo, which runs
    the world’s largest TWiki, is migrating. (they’re hiring a fulltime Foswiki developer
    to help drive customization in directions which benefit them). Many other large
    installs have followed — many more plan to during the course of their regular
    upgrade cycle.