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    Wikis - Any recommendations

    Not sure where to post this one, and at risk of being <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18> I'll start it here. Mods are invited to move it to a more appropriate spot if they wish.

    My Boss has decided that our department (with offices in major cities through-out the world) needs a Wiki. So, for example, our office in Singapore could post an item / issue that they may have come across and other offices could add to / edit / comment on. Editorial control (locking down, deleting) would likely rest with our office in <img src=/S/flags/Switzerland.gif border=0 alt=Switzerland width=18 height=18>

    We have an 'intranet' so my question is more related to software. We also have very little discretionary funds so cost would certainly be an issue.

    Appreciate any loungers advice on what I should be looking at, or on specific products.

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    Re: Wikis - Any recommendations

    I haven't set one up myself, but the following are mentioned on alt.comp.freeware:

    TiddlyWiki - a reusable non-linear personal web notebook
    PmWiki
    Wikiserver
    Free wiki | Business - Education - Personal | PBwiki

    That should keep you off the stra├čen for a while.

    Alan

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    Re: Wikis - Any recommendations

    I've moved this thread from Scuttlebutt to Software, so that this useful discussion doesn't expire after 60 days.

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    Re: Wikis - Any recommendations

    Our IT people use MediaWiki, which is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. I've not used it but it works for Wikipedia!

    Meanwhile, my team are about to set something up using Confluence, which is not free - no I don't understand either why someone spent money they probably didn't need to.

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    Re: Wikis - Any recommendations

    If you have Windows server 2003 or later you have access to the free Windows SharePoint Services 3.0? Do you use SharePoint? It has a wiki template in it. See Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 Edition Comparison - Windows SharePoint Services for more information about Sharepoint technology.

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    Re: Wikis - Any recommendations

    Hi Joe,
    Hadn't even though about that. However my experience with SharePoint has been less than satisfactory. I just end up being confused when I use it - obscure error messages (which don't seem to actually refer to the problem at hand) - things that don't work like you expect. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try!

    If I do go down the SharePoint road - where in the lounge do I go to get help?

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    Re: Wikis - Any recommendations

    I'd post in the Windows Server forum for starters.

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    Re: Wikis - Any recommendations

    I've used and administered PmWiki and found that if you are patient with it you can bend it to your will fairly well. It does have rudimentary user and group based authentication (either built-in or as an easy add-on), but these are not considered "enterprise grade." Most the issues I encountered were around complex formatting and layout glitches, but the community around the product gives good support. Note that PHP is required, and MySQL is NOT used (page data is stored in text files and then merged with templates and skins by the wiki engine).

    MediaWiki probably is the "industry standard" for free open source wiki software, but I can't recall ever using it.

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