Blog Archive

Blog posts for March 2009

Open Source VS Free Software from a Marketing Perspective

Here is a very interesting video where Bruce Perens, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, and Shane Coughlan, coordinator of the Free Software Foundation Europe's legal project discuss the terms Open Source and Free Software from a marketing perspective:

XWiki in Google Summer of Code 2009

Google has just announced the participating mentoring organizations for Google Summer of Code 2009, and we are happy to announce that XWiki was selected to participate, for its fifth consecutive year!


In a few words: "Google Summer of Code is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Historically, the program has brought together over 2,400 students with over 230 open source projects, to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its fifth year."

For more information about how GSoC works, please see the program FAQ.

Last summer, 31 projects in total were proposed by XWiki and ten of them were selected: Collaborative Business Drawing in GWT, Distributed XWiki Search Engine, Office Import, Presentation Application, SSO and OpenID Support, Watch UI & ergonomics improvements, WebDAV API, XWiki Offline improvements, REST API, and Syntax validation, coloring and suggestion in XEclipse. Eight of these projects were considered successful, and 3 of the participating students are still very active contributors in our community.

Lots of the things that started as GSoc projects, like XEclipse, Office Import, WebDAV interface, were included in our products.

The student application period did not start yet, but we already started interacting with the community. If you want to participate in this wonderful summer experience, don't procrastinate, this is the time to get started!

XWiki named a Finalist of Red Herring 100 Europe

EuropeFinalist-1.jpg"Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have valued the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and advocating the most promising private ventures." (Red Herring)
XWiki has been named one of 200 finalists of the Red Herring 100 Europe award program. The Red Herring team compiled the list from more than several hundred nominations that included a rigorous evaluation of the companies' business model, competitive advantage, alliances, customers and technology.

This is a recognition and confirmation that XWiki is making a real impact in the wiki arena. Unfortunately we won't be able to attend the Red Herring conference in Berlin though we wish the organizers and our fellow Finalists a great event. 

The wiki to plan your meetings

The wiki can be a relevant tool to prepare and organize your meetings (list of the participants, agenda, points to talk about, etc.), but also to take notes or write and share your reports). No more lost emails or lack of accessibility for your work (your reports can be easily accessed by people who attended the meeting, but also by the ones who couldn't be there). It's many advantages are synonymous with productivity and smooth collaboration. All the organizations are interested, from the smallest ones to the largest.

Meeting Management from Stewart Mader on Vimeo