TWiki is dead, long live TWiki!

Yesterday I incidently decided to attend the bi-weekly TWiki release meeting. Release meetings with TWiki were more than suggested by just the name: over time they became general meetings where the community discussed the state and future of TWiki. Lucky me, since tonight turned out to be pretty historic: TWiki.net gave the community the finger, and forced a fork.

A short run down for those of you who haven’t been following this blog for that long (i wrote about it twice already):
TWiki is an open-source wiki, a project that was founded about a decade ago by Peter Thoeny. He forked another product, and built on that to create one of the first ‘structured wiki’ platforms. Over the years, Thoeny’s coding contributions declined in favour of a motivated and skilled group of people that carried the TWiki project to maturity.

About a year ago, Thoeny founded the company TWiki.net. Initial skepticism turned out to be justified. TWiki.net decided to forego the community, and force a governance model on the project that met with a lot of resistance from the community. This resulted in a TWiki community summit in Berlin that Thoeny did not attend, and left Tom Barton (TWiki.net ceo) red-eared by taking in the displeased frustration of the community.

So what happened yesterday evening?

At the beginning of the meeting, at which even Tom Barton (who normally showed only a passing interest in the community) showed up, Thoeny introduced a new agenda item: what he dubbed the ‘TWiki.org relaunch‘. I am still mulling over the finer points and implications of this move. An important fact is that the entire community content on the twiki.org site is locked down. Only by signing the ‘terms of use’, one is allowed to contribute again (or remove earlier contributions).

Needless to say, i did not sign those yet. And I don’t think I will.

Although the events are sad in one way, it is refreshing to finally see twiki.net take a definitive stand against the community, making explicit what has been implicit in their behaviour. The project can now be taken out of limbo. Most (if not all) of the active contributors have jumped ship and gotten on the fork bandwagon. There’s a great number of features lined up that people didn’t commit during the governance crisis, for fear of being taken advantage over by TWiki.net. They have proven again and again that marketing the hard work of community volunteers as their own is not below them.

Obviously, TWiki.net’s recent action forced the active community to continue the project under another name (as the TWiki trademark is owned by Thoeny and licensed to TWiki.net). With the active contributors locked out of the TWiki project home site, it is being used as a propaganda platform. Thoeny has already threatened the community to sue when the fork mentions the T-word in its name or otherwise. It’s sad to see the last throws of a dying power-hungry dictator. It is sad to see TWiki die. It is sad to see hardware donated to the community by SUN and others being reappropriated by TWiki.net for their own marketing strategies.

But there is hope. The project is free of its shackles again! There will be a lot of work getting the new project infra-structure in shape, and it is truly a pity that Thoeny forces the community to this duplication of effort. On the other hand, there is much room for improvement, improvement that now can be made. The same goes for the project itself, which will not be known as TWiki anymore. The next few days will give us the projects new name, and a first release is expected in the very near future.

TWiki is dead, long live TWiki!

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12 Responses to “TWiki is dead, long live TWiki!”

  1. The end of TWiki? at MuSMo - Free Music Says:

    [...] TWiki is dead, long live TWiki! [...]

  2. Koen Says:

    Related articles:

    http://blog.wikiring.com/Blog/BlogEntry28

    http://colas.nahaboo.net/Blog/TWiki_forks

    http://fosiki.com/blog/2008/10/29/twiki-stops-being-open-source/

  3. Koen Says:

    And more:

    http://michaeldaumconsulting.com/Blog/BlogEntry72

  4. Jerry Normandin Says:

    Hey, you had to fork! You had no other choice. I think the best way to strike back is to keep the the open source “NextWiki”ahead of the commercialized twiki. Keep up the great forums for open source support of nextWiki, this will minimize the need for a commercial twiki and the venture capitalists won’t fund the Twiki.net’s next round. If the VCs are not going to see a profit they will get out quick. What you guys have done is help build a very modular wiki. I use it here at DAFCA with the latex module. You’ve got the GPL on your side. Keep up the fight! Twiki has evolved due to the contributors code while Theony had plans on cashing in on all the hard work that the contributors made.

    I’ve got a name for the new Wiki fork:
    Project 5477696B69

  5. Sam Says:

    You better fix the grammar on the nextwiki website, or you might end up scaring off potential users.

  6. gmc Says:

    Sam: it might sound pedantic, but it is a wiki :)

  7. twikagada | kingston Says:

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  8. Goodbye TWiki™, hello NextWiki at zungu | Says:

    [...] TWiki is dead, long live TWiki! [...]

  9. Koen Says:

    Slashdot and cnet picked up on it:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10078682-16.html

    http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/29/146201

  10. TWiki-Fork: Community spaltet sich ab und entwickelt NextWiki | //SEIBERT/MEDIA Weblog Says:

    [...] Beitrag durch den RSS 2.0 Feed mitverfolgen. Sie können eine Antwort schreiben, oder einen Trackback auf Ihrer Seite einrichten. Keywords: Community, Consulting, Fork, Intranet, NextWiki, Open Source,TWiki, Wiki, WissensmanagementVerwandte Artikel:Martin Seibert wird zertifizierter TWIKI.NET-ConsultantPerformance und Stabilität: Der TWiki-Patch 4.2.1 ist verfügbarMeetup: Die TWiki-Community trifft sich am 4. September 2008 in BerlinDer TWiki-YouTube-Contest: TWiki lobt Preise für Demo-Videos ausWikis in an Intranet Part 1: MediaWiki and TWiki – Extremely Well-Developed Systems for Very Different Demands [...]

  11. sfjalar »  Sagan af TWiki Says:

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  12. -=SUbWAY=- » Blog Archive » TWiki is dead, long live Foswiki Says:

    [...] I am absolutely thrilled. It has been some time since i reported on the situation with TWiki and the fork. That does not mean there is nothing to report, though! With the first release (1.0.0), Foswiki establishes itself firmly in the marketspace. TWiki is dead, long live Foswiki! [...]

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