TWiki is a well established and popular open source wiki platform, of which there are many to choose from. I’ve used it for years and I like it a lot. I’d heard rumblings of a change at the project and I’ve just read a Slashdot article that gives a good summary of the recent goings on and their consequences. Unfortunately it seems that the sole owner of the TWiki trademark, Peter Thoeny, has found previously untapped commercial opportunites more compelling than the principles of the open source community that has built TWiki into what it is today. He has alienated most — if not all — of the development community and forced them to fork the code.

The new project hasn’t even named the successor to TWiki yet, so for now it’s being called nextwiki and is hosted at http://nextwiki.org/. Let’s wish the project every success in developing what I expect will be an even better wiki than ever.