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Blog posts for May 2012

Real Open Source - Why Open Core and Dual License Business models can be misleading

As users or customers of Open Source software, we don't always see that there are different types of Open Source. The license is one key element of differentiation, since it gives the user different rights. I won't discuss the licensing per se in this post, but will discuss the different business models adopted by companies creating Open Source software.

It's been quite clear for any person analyzing the Open Source business, that releasing software as Open Source is a great way to gain traction and adoption, and that the more permissive your license is, the more adoption you can get. This is of course only true if your software is interesting in itself (I'll have another post on that). ...

We have moved!

After increasing our headcount sixfold since 2007 (from 5 to more than 30 employees), XWiki SAS has moved to a new, larger office more suitable to our needs. 

Our new address is located in the heart of Paris :

XWiki SAS
35/37 rue Beaubourg
75003 Paris
FRANCE

Our phone and telecopy numbers are still the same.

We thank our customers for trusting us with their projects, allowing us to grow sustainably for the past 7 years. We look forward to helping them build tomorrow's collaboration and communication tools from our new desks.

We spent the last 5 years in a cosy office in Pernety. This office served us well, and it was there where great memories were created. Although we’re going to miss it,  we definitely love our new, bigger office!

Two things we love about the new office: 

  • Space: it is much (much!) bigger than our old office. We can all work better more comfortably: our new office features a relaxing room, 3 meeting rooms, a kitchen as well as a lunch room 
  • Location: we're in a great location, just 5 minutes walk from Châtelet - it's very easy to find
  • The lamp: Ludovic has built an awesome logo lamp that stands proudly in the conference room

We would like to address our resounding thanks to everyone who helped build up and arrange everything in the office.

Our new office in pictures:

Top 10 Features Not To Miss In The XWiki Open Source 3.x Cycle

The XWiki Enterprise 3.x cycle has introduced an amazing array of new features. Today we want to outline ten of the top features the XWiki community has developed during this cycle.

Application Within Minutes

Application Within Minutes allows people that are not tech experts to create their own applications with as little steps as possible.

http://www.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise33RC1/AppWithinMinutes%2DStep2.png

XWiki Workspaces

XWiki Enterprise Manager has adopted the XWiki Workspaces Application which allows you to create workspaces and collaborate with other users. XWiki Workspaces is the new XEM.

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise32RC1/workspaceDirectory.png

Messaging and networking inside the wiki

With the User Status feature, users can now post status messages which will be visible on the main dashboard and on the user profile page. Users can follow each other's activity streams.

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise30/messageStream.png

Gallery Macro and Office Presentation Viewer

The Gallery Macro helps you create a simple image gallery where images are displayed using a slide-show view. The Office Macro has been improved to use the gallery macro when displaying office presentations:

http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/Extension/Office+Macro/presentation.png

User Dashboards

After wiki and space-wide dashboards, XWiki supports User Dashboards. Each user can define their own dashboard in their profile document, and they can use it either in their profile document, or display it instead of the homepage default dashboard.

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise32M2/userdashboard.png

Customizable PDF Export

If you export a wiki page to PDF using the Export menu you'll get a page where you can configure some PDF export options. These options are defined in the PDF velocity templates and were previously available only as query string parameters to the PDF export URL.

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise31M1/pdfExportOptions.png

New color themes

XWiki Enterprise 3.4 comes with a new default color theme and other three (Mint, Ruby and Dusk) that you can choose from. All four use CSS3 rules and new color variables in order to be able to have gradients. 

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise34RC1/colorthemes34.png

Revamped Administration UI

We have redesigned the Administration Application providing a new layout and new icons (the icons are designed by Ciprian Amaritei). Administration sections are now grouped in several categories displayed using a vertical menu. 

The WYSIWYG content editor can now be easily configured from the wiki administration. Look for the WYSIWYG Editor section under Applications category.

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise30/administration.png

Live suggestions for the search input

The suggestions proposed come from several sources, configurable in the wiki administration under the Search Suggest section. The sources configured by default include "Document name", "Document content", "Attachment name", "Attachment content" and "Users".

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise30M3/searchSuggest.png

Extension Manager (Experimental)

Extension Manager allows users to install new applications to their wiki. The Extension Manager is a feature for installing, uninstalling and upgrading XWiki extensions.

http://xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/ReleaseNotes/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise3xCycle/EMCoreExtensions.png

For more information on the above features make sure you visit the dedicated page on xwiki.org. To download XWiki Open Source visit this page.