We just released TWiki-5.1.4 - it can be downloaded immediately from TWiki.org and SourceForge.net. The TWiki-VM, a VMware based virtual machine has been updated as well. This release supersedes earlier TWiki-5.1 releases, 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.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this release. In all, 50 people are listed in the Istanbul Hall of Fame. Thank you!
The latest TWiki-5.1.4 patch release fixes a number of bugs and has some incremental enhancements. Most importantly, it incorporates a fix for the Security Alert CVE-2013-1751, where the MAKETEXT variable allowed arbitrary shell command execution using the tilde (~) character. This is a followup to the CVE we issued in December.
To learn more:
What's New With the Community?
There is a lot of activity with TWiki extensions. Just in the last two weeks we have a brand new NotifyAuthorsPlugin to notify all authors of a comment thread, and 16 extensions have been updated. Among those, the SyntaxHighlightingPlugin has been updated to show nicely styled line numbers for highlighted source code, the TWikiDashboardAddOn now has 80 dashboard images, and the PublishWebPlugin now supports multiple publishing targets.
I am currently working on a WatchListPlugin. This is inspired on the MediaWiki watch list feature, but adds also real-time or digest notification options.
We invite youto get involved with our community! As a contributor you can influence the direction of the open source project.
In January I was invited to give a talk to executives of Siemens in Munich, Germany, on Addressing Customer Value Using Structured Wikis - Personas and Kanban Approach. For a client in the USA I created an advanced TWiki application with team dashboards, program trackers, project trackers, action items trackers and more. Toyota pioneered kanban (看板) as a scheduling system for lean and just-in-time (JIT) production of goods in manufacturing plants. The TWiki apps I created use the kanban approach for software and computer hardware development. Siemens is interested in this topic because they practice lean development for a few years now.
Here is one slide of the presentation showing a project with work items in the input queue, work queue and output queue:
How You Can Help: Spread the Word!
Word of mouth is an effective way to spread TWiki - we appreciate your help tremendously! 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/BlogEntry201302x1 - short link http://bit.ly/twRel514
Sample tweet you could use:
New TWiki-5.1.4 release available for enterprise collaboration: Get. Work. Done. http://bit.ly/twRel514 #socbiz #e20 #enterprise #wiki
Please let us know what you think of this new release!
-- PeterThoeny - founder of TWiki.org