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Socialtext Releases Open Source Wiki

Socialtext (http://www.socialtext.com) has released Socialtext Open for immediate download. The company said that Socialtext Open is the first open source wiki with a commercial venture as its primary contributor. It has all of Socialtext's enterprise grade code aside from its enterprise management and enterprise integration tools. Socialtext also announced the availability of its Technical Professional Service, a new Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Application Programming Interface (API) that enables developers to integrate and extend Socialtext Open, and the Socialtext Open Roadmap for the next 3 months.

Socialtext's road map includes a source code repository, Debian, Red Hat, SOAP and REST APIs, usability enhancements, and additional DBMS management beyond Postgres, starting with MySQL. The release at the end of this period, code-named Palladium, will mark the open availability of the first enterprise-grade, corporate-backed wiki to enthusiasts and commercial users alike. The Public Roadmap is available at http://socialtext.net/stoss/?Public_Roadmap.

Socialtext's first commercial open source offering was Wikiwyg, an AJAX-based WYSIWYG editor. Last month, Socialtext announced a partnership with Dan Bricklin to distribute and co-develop wikiCalc, the wiki spreadsheet, under an open source license. The company's other products include Socialtext Personal (free for up to five users and Open Source efforts hosted service), Socialtext Professional (hosted service subscription), and Socialtext Enterprise.

Source: Socialtext



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