In case you're still reading this, the Board has a question for you - we now have 1,385 euros in the bank, is there anything we could use this money for that would positively impact on the community, its growth and visibility?Have a happy and productive 2012
There is still much more to come from Foswiki, with some great work going into the 1.1 release and yet more upcoming extensions. This is only the beginning, and with the help of the community Foswiki will continue to be a success for many years to come.Why not help us celebrate our birthday by joining us at our first Foswiki Summit next month? Its a great opportunity to shape the future of Foswiki. If you can't be there in person there will also be opportunities to join in virtually.
Congratulations to Foswiki and the hard work of the community over the last year.
Although providing less CPU power (a quad core Xeon CPU at 2.00GHz), the new server surpasses the previous one on disk-I/O: with 4 250GB 7200RPM SATA-II disks each with 8MB cache, a RAID 1+0 setup gives us 500GB of fast storage. The decrease in CPU power is insignificant against this improvement in I/O-throughput; foswiki is I/O-bound in nature, not CPU-bound. This also goes for the subversion repository. By the way, the server has 6GB of memory.
The new server was paid for by my company, Sonologic. I hope to recover some of the investment by donations from the community, and so far 5 people have pledged an amount already (covering about a third of the cost). Colocation and bandwidth is provided free of charge to the project.
The server capacity more than suffices for the task at hand (hosting foswiki.org and the subversion repository), but plans are in place to distribute the load among multiple servers. On the one hand we want to distribute web page requests for the wiki geographically, with multiple servers distributed around the globe. On the other hand, whereas now all services run on one server, in the future (near-future I hope) this might prove to be too much. At that point, we will have to move the subversion repository, for example, to another server.But that is all in the future. For now, the Foswiki community can be happy with having their own server. I want to thank the govcom.org foundation for hosting the Foswiki community up until now, giving us time to sort things out!
Intrigued, I looked at the linked website in their profile, and it looked … like … TWiki? How could this be? It looked "pleasant". It didn't look like a rats nest of links thrown on a page, but yet, there were TWiki-like controls. After reading the schism due to the anointed-ones status back in October of last year, it all started to make sense. And visiting their IRC channel on Freenode, I started to see, an actual community, and found out where all the best TWiki developers went.After a little bit of time reading the easy migration guide, the wiki's we use at Mystic are all moved over to Foswiki. And because of the community-feel we've been seeing, are looking to develop some custom plugins for our needs. The future looks bright for this wiki built with a strong community in place.
FunWiki fulfills a long-standing gap in collaboration software: automated directed humour injection technology. Each wiki page can have a "Fun" quotient assigned: as the level is increased, a greater amount of directed humour is automatically inserted into the page text. "Our patent-pending algorithms parse the text and determine appropriate humourous content to be inserted," said Prahduhct. "Different plugins allow the content to be rendered as full anecdotes, short jokes, parenthetical asides, funny sketches, and smileys. We are currently developing an extension to render the injected humour as links to appropriately themed YouTube videos."
When asked about difficulties in reaching a détente with the other wiki project, Prahduhct responded, "It's a natural direction for us to take: we have experienced developers, and they have the letters 'T' and 'M' that we need to spell 'humour injection technology'. It's a win-win!"
FunWiki's future plans include automated emotional context derivation injection, which will break the three-character emoticon barrier and allow more complex emotions requiring four or more characters to be inserted, and topical calendar-sensitive image injection, which will automatically add images appropriate for the subject matter and season, such as a March hare, or an April fish.