Foswiki 1.0.7 released.

Continuing our commitment to bug fixing and solving difficult security issues, we’re proud to announce that the Foswiki project has released 1.0.7.

This release contains:

  • an upgraded Wysiwyg editor : TinyMCE 3.2.2
  • table plugin sorting improvements
  • CSRF fixes and streamlineing
  • and a series of Windows related improvements

see for more details, and to download the update.

I’m updating the Foswiki On a USB Stick at the moment, and will then work on Windows and Debian.


Ohloh shows a very comforting graph for me – over the year, we’ve been maintaining our momentum, and regularly have over 10 different contributors every month.

Foswiki on a USB stick (updated)

FoswikiOnAStick v0.1 (running foswiki 1.0.6)

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 :).

Vote ‘Foswiki for Best Project for the Enterprise’

SourceForge is running their fourth Community Choice Awards – you could vote for ‘Best Project for the Enterprise’ or even ‘Best New Project’

Wow, it seems we’re almost winners 😉

Foswiki night builds of trunk and Release01x00 branch

I’ve just (finally) set up the auto unit test run, PerlCritic and release build for the Release01x00 branch, and fixed the trunk builder.

Foswiki trunk gets built every 6 hours, and Release01x00 every 12 (based on my Sydney TZ).

If the unit tests fail, and email will be sent to the foswiki-discuss mailing list – no news is good news. See the build output areas:

  1. Foswiki trunk
  2. Foswiki 1.0 release branch

where you will find the output log files, the built tar.gz and zip files and each of the component packages that make up a release.

new FugueIconsContrib

I created the FamFamFamContrib Icons package for T(m)wiki and Foswiki a year or three ago, and now have added a FugueIconsContrib package today – containing the fabulous iconset by Yusuke Kamiyamane.

Now we have 2 possible icon sets to replace the very odd and aging DocumentGraphics topic – the only thing holding us back is a mapping from the old %ICON{}% names to new.

I’ll dig up the work I did last year some time and see if we can finish it 🙂

Foswiki 1.1 Admin dashboard preview

I’ve been working on expanding the use of Foswiki Applications and in the process began to build (using TML) a much more usable user interface for configuring and managing your Foswiki.

So – to the picture show 🙂

SystemAdmin WebHome
Easy to access over-view
SystemAdmin SiteSettings
Quickly customise your Foswiki site.

SystemAdmin VisualSettings
Admin friendly selection of visual settings

Many of these features already do work in Foswiki 1.0.4 – by installing FoswikiApplications Contrib, but they are a work in progress – and getting more advanced every week.