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New TWiki-5.1.1 Release: Easy to Use, Easy to Upgrade

2012-01-16 - 09:49:51 by PeterThoeny in Deployment
Great work, TWiki.org team! Year over year you create rock solid code. You guys rock!

We just released TWiki-5.1.1 aka Istanbul Release. A big THANK YOU to everybody who contributed to this release! And special thanks to our release manager GeorgeTrubisky who built this release. We invite developers who appreciate to work on quality code to join us, get involved!

TWiki-5.1.1 is now available for download from the http://twiki.org/ website. This is a patch release that adds some minor new features and fixes a number of bugs. As for the last three years, this new release is well tested and is very stable. Upgrade is recommended to this TWiki-5.1.1 release.

This release supersedes TWiki-5.1.0, which introduced many usability enhancements, such as point and click user data management, more visual user profile pages with picture selector, and a backup feature to help upgrade TWiki sites. TWiki-5.1 also strengthens TWiki as an application platform to more easily build custom wiki applications.

Morgan Stanley has Globally Replicated Intranet TWiki With 30,000 Users:

Recently, TWiki contributor HideyoImazu, who is VP of IT at Morgan Stanley submitted a technical article on their deployment of TWiki. You can read the TWiki Success Story of Morgan Stanley and the related blog post, but here is an interesting quote by Imazu-san:

"Our TWiki has a very good track record of availability. It kept working as usual when one data center was lost. When another data center outage happened, TWiki stopped working because the network attached storage was lost despite the high availability design. But TWiki recovered faster than the other content management platforms.

There are internal users who don't want to put their content on other content management platforms than TWiki because other platforms don't provide high enough availability."

TWiki-5.1 Community Release Feature Highlights:

New features in the patch release are marked as "added in TWiki-5.1.1".

  • Usability Enhancements
    • API and GUI for point and click user data management
    • Support disabled users in password manager
    • More visual user profile pages with in-place editing of form fields and picture selector
    • In-place editing of TWiki group settings using PreferencesPlugin
    • Point and click bookmarks for better usability
    • Improved statistics showing overall site usage over time, such as total number of webs, topics, users, etc
  • TWiki Application Platform Enhancements
    • Macro language with parameterized variables
    • Ability to auto-create page on view if it does not exist
    • Relative heading levels for INCLUDE
    • Relative heading levels for SEARCH
  • Security Enhancements
    • Set a flag to force password change on next login
    • S/Mime support for notification e-mails
  • Plugin Enhancements
    • New BackupRestorePlugin to easily backup, restore and upgrade TWiki installations
    • BackupRestorePlugin: Add restore from backup feature - added in TWiki-5.1.1
    • New SetGetPlugin that can store variables persistently
    • New ColorPickerPlugin to pick a color in form fields
    • SpreadSheetPlugin: New functions BITXOR(), HEXENCODE(), HEXDECODE(), XOR()
    • SpreadSheetPlugin: New functions FLOOR() and CEILING() - added in TWiki-5.1.1

See more details and screenshots of the TWiki-5.1 release.

Easy to Backup, Restore and Upgrade TWiki:

TWiki has now a solution to backup, restore and upgrade TWiki sites. It can be used via browser and on the command line. Backup can be done as a scheduled task to a directory of choice, including a mounted volume on a remote server. TWiki-5.1.1 now ships with an updated BackupRestorePlugin, which allows one to easily upgrade a TWiki site. The plugin can be installed in older TWiki releases as low as TWiki-2001-09-01 (Athens Release) to easily create a backup that can be restored on a new TWiki release. See overview with screenshot.

How You Can Help: Spread the Word!

Word of mouth is a good way of spreading TWiki - your help is greatly appreciated! More exposure means more contributions, and a better system! Please spread the word in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs etc. You can point your connections to this blog post (at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Blog/BlogEntry201201x1) - short link is http://bit.ly/twRel511.

Sample tweet you could use:

New TWiki-5.1.1 release available: Enterprise Collaboration. Rock Solid. Usable. Easy. Fun: http://bit.ly/twRel511 #e20 #enterprise #wiki

Your help in spreading the word of the new release is greatly appreciated!

Let us know what you think of this new release!



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