XWiki announces Free Open-Source Software Services (FOS3) - share for free services

Apr 01 2017

April's Fool: of course, this was an April's Fools joke. Services require people and people need salaries. The revenues from the XWiki services (training, support, projects) are also helping us finance the development of the XWiki Open Source software, and our contributions to the XWiki Open Source software would not be possible without this revenue. It should remind users of Open Source around the world that Open Source Software is not build by magic ! You can help us make XWiki better by purchasing our services.

XWiki SAS, the leading Open Source provider of Open Source Collaboration Solutions, announces a new offer: the Free Open-Source Software Services (FOS3)TM program.

In addition to heavily contributing to one of the greatest Open Source Wikis available, XWiki SAS is happy to announce a new program to help companies successfully implement the XWiki Open Source software inside their organisations. 

Thanks to this new program, companies can benefit from free consulting and implementation services. 

Ludovic Dubost, Founder of XWiki and CEO of XWiki SAS explains: "Building on the 'Tweet for Goodies' idea from our presence of at FOSDEM conference, we thought it would be a good idea to give free services to anybody sharing this announcement. Now, with these free services and the free XWiki Open Source software, companies no longer have excuses not to improve their Knowledge Sharing."

For a single tweet sharing this announcement, companies can get one of the following free services from XWiki SAS:

  • a free consulting day to help analyze how to implement XWiki in their company
  • a free implementation day to develop advanced projects on top of XWiki
  • a free training day for up to 8 people
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Through this offer, companies can implement an advanced Knowledge base for a support, sales or competitive intelligence team, a public web site to share information online, or a collaborative editing web site to elaborate a report or document online and produce a custom PDF output. These services, until today only available to paying customers of XWiki SAS thanks to the valuable knowledge of the expert Client Project team with 10 years experience implementing projects for large companies around the world, will now become available to everybody. Any company is now only one tweet away from working with the same expert team that implemented the new features in XWiki 7.x and 8.x for the internal wiki of Amazon Inc.!

This offer is cumulative with itself and other promotional offers: just tweet multiple times to cumulate free days of services. For example, to get your project done through the FOS3 program, tweet once and choose the free consulting day. During this day, ask from your XWiki SAS Free ConsultantTM a full analysis of the requirements of your project and an estimation of the amount of days necessary to implement it. Then, tweet as many times as needed in order to cumulate the number of estimated days, and choose the option "free implementation day" for these. Don't forget to throw in a couple of extra tweets, to cover for potential underestimation of the required work (we all know how developers estimate!).

For a long time, we believed companies fancy Open Source because the code is open, because they can contribute, because it allows building better software and protects their investment by avoiding vendor lock-in. But we had to admit that what they like most is that it is free. This revelation is the reason we now provide free services. Nothing can beat free ! 

Also, by working more with companies using XWiki, the XWiki SAS team will be able to better understand users' needs and improve XWiki even more. We believe this will drive a positive feedback loop increasing the demand of the XWiki Open Source software which will lead to even more demand of the free services, which will to improve the software even more, and so on, ultimately resulting in exponential growth!

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The XWiki SAS team is fully on-board and eager to start the new FOS3 program:

"I think FOS3 is a great program, it will make my work more pleasant and so much easier. I don't want to sound selfish, but I can tell you this will have a tremendously positive impact on my KPIs. I mean, I'm happy, the clients are happy, what more could I dream of? Since it was announced this morning, I just cannot see myself working one more day the way we used to before!", said a member of the XWiki SAS sales team.

Following a Beta-testing program of this offer limited to existing XWiki customers, the development resources of XWiki SAS are currently fully booked until late 2018. So hurry up, tweet now to benefit from the Free Open Source Software services (FOS3)TM offer and get scheduled for January 1st 2019.

As many people want things without paying for them, the waiting time for accessing the Free Open Source Software services (FOS3)TM offer might become important. However, we plan to adjust capacity in order to not exceed 8 years of waiting time. Services will be provided on a first tweet, first served basis, using a FIFO queue. Similar to open source licences, no warranty is provided that the services will be properly performed or performed at all.

A special program, the Premium Free Open-Source Software Services (PrOS3)TM, is available to customers wishing to by-pass the waiting line by purchasing Fast-Track Tickets. Each Fast Track Ticket entitles the bearer to one day of services, scheduled on the top of the FIFO queue. For example, one Consulting Fast Track Ticket (CFT2), sold 999.99€, will allow you to get one day of Free Open-Source Software Services as soon as a resource frees up, regardless of the waiting time initially announced.

Existing paying customers of XWiki SAS will have their current contracts transformed to Fast Track Tickets within the PrOS3 program. In the following days, they will receive by mail the books of tickets corresponding to their current credit with XWiki SAS (short delays could be experienced due to restrictions imposed by our printing subcontractors).

With this new offer, XWiki SAS will definitively make the World a better place !