Mar 26 2012

I just uploaded Foswiki on a USB Stick v1.1.5rc1

Tag: newSven Dowideit @ 9:11 pm

We’ve spent the last month fixing about 100 bugs, and security auditing 1.1.4 (and fixing several things along the way)

so this is the most stable, and safest foswiki release ever.

I’ve also fixed a few TWiki compatibility bugs that were broken in TWiki since about 2005 – so foswiki 1.1.5 is quite possibly more TWiki compatible than TWiki 5 itself!

please try it – and report any issues you find so we can work on them for the release next week

download foswiki on a USB stick 1.1.5rc1 now

May 23 2010

A surprise move for the not quite open source project TWiki – kick people out of the dev mailing list

Tag: newSven Dowideit @ 11:25 am

I guess having other people see what you’re working on is too threatening for the not-quite open source project TWiki.

It seems that allot of the developers that moved their main attention from TWiki to Foswiki have been kicked out of the public mailing list without warning, explanation or permission.

I guess its somewhat consistent with the password protection of the irc logs of the #twiki channel on Freenode (snigger).

I initially though that my mailing list password had been hacked, or maybe theirs, but thinking further, it feels consistent with the lack of deep understanding of the idea of ‘open’

Aug 30 2009

Foswiki on a USB stick (updated)

Foswiki on USB (4-Sept-2009 v0.3)

I was asked on Friday night if I could make a demo foswiki USB system, and given that its high time we did one, I started to look into it. Initially I thought this would be a great oportunity to try out the HTTPEngine work Gilmar has been doing, but we’re not quite there yet. And so, I started a quick perusal of the existing WebServer on a Stick systems. Ideally, I want to use Strawberry perl, apache, and have the server and a browser start up automatically when the USB stick is inserted into the computer.

  • MicroApache
  • Server2Go

MicroApache was the first thing i looked at, as the contact pointed out DokuWikiOnAStick, but that server doesn’t seem to have source, nor is the upstream web site there (last release seems to be 2007, so too old for Strawberry perl too) Server2Go looks nice, but as its not really free in the debian sense, I’ll pass on that unless nothing else works. XAMPP unzipped it, foswiki and did some minor configurations. unziped, removed everything except apache, added strawberry perl, and wrote a systray icon and menu system for you to control it with. TADA! FoswikiOnAStick v0.1v0.3 (running foswiki 1.0.6). please try it out.

FoswikiOnaStick syste tray menu

FoswikiOnaStick system tray menu

Instructions for use:

  1. download the Foswiki on a Stick zip file
  2. unzip it to the root of your USB key (or any drive)
  3. start the systray app, web server and browser using start_foswiki.bat (goto http://localhost/ if the browser doesn’t start) (unblock / allow apache to get through the windows firewall)

before ejecting the usb key, you need to stop the webserver by running stop_foswiki.bat yes, thats all. Please report any issues or observations to me –

  • the web server runs at the standard port 80, so if there is already a web server running it will fail
  • when the web server starts, it will probably be blocked by Windows firewall – every time I’ve tested, a dialog pops up, and allows you to unblock it.
  • ….


I have made no attempt (yet) to reduce the accesses to the disk – so it may use up all the blue smoke in your usbkey, cause your bits to turn green, or one of many other unforseen side effects which may or may not appear amusing if they happen to someone else. I’ve tested this on Windows7rc, Windows Vista, Windows2003server, and Windows XP – if it works for you, excellent :).

Jan 03 2009

Foswiki v1 beta 3 Windows Installer

Tag: enterprise,foswiki,new,open source,perl,twiki,twikifork,wikiSven Dowideit @ 10:44 am

Yesterday I uploaded the first Foswiki Installer for windows to Foswiki Downloads. It will install Apache 2.2 (if you don’t already have it) and Strawberry Perl and then configure and install Foswiki v1.0.0 beta 3.

Dec 12 2008

TWiki: a case study of howto lose users?

In a clear example of TWiki.NET’s new no-testing policy [1], Their star worker has yesterday un-necessarily uploaded over 300 plugins from the wrong branch in Subversion.

Rather than testing each contrib before uploading, as has been the policy on since the Plugins web was created, is now full of buggy, outdated or just plain wrong packages. The only stable option they have is to revert the uploads using rcs – as many plugins are either not up to date in subversion, or worse, are works in progress in Subversion.

Adding that to the latest TWiki 4.2.4 release, which was released with failing unit tests, and some very dubious changes:
we have already submitted to them an updated exploit that is present in 4.2.4 for the CVE-2008-5304 XSS exploit
– presumably they will release 4.2.5 in the next week?

Its a pretty sad time for those of us with users on TWiki (as Foswiki hasn’t released yet), but it has certainly spurred us along, now we need it more than we ever expected.

[1] Tom Barton: issues … impeding progress: an excessively rigorous approach to testing that actually inhibited less experienced developers from contributing code; …

Dec 09 2008

Strawberry Perl rocks Windows.

if you’re working or just running Perl on Windows, drop everything, run, don’t walk, to StrawberryPerl. Adam Kennedy has not only made a real Perl for windows, he’s made a _proper_ Perl . One where CPAN just plain works.

Even better, he’s made a Perl that you can use portably, from your USB stick, so you don’t even need to install Perl on your locked down computer.

To learn about his code, I’m building a FoswikiOnAStick distro based on his code, and then I hope to work out how to extend the concept to other platforms.

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