[xwiki-devs] Back to the future of XWiki !
ahahn at gmx.net
Fri Mar 4 09:48:53 UTC 2011
I'm a bit surprised that you are just talking about features and not
about moving from a niche product to get more mainstream.
When I'm saying niche product I'm just referring to what google trends says.
Well I think that almost all people on this mailing list like xwiki a
lot and the hard and devoted work the developers are doing and all wish
xwiki and its backing company all the best and a long and prosperous future.
However I'm concerned when reading that the XWiki SAS 'Product
Marketing' lead (and CEO) thinks that it helps the product to get more
involved as a developer.
IMHO a product marketing lead should have totally different priorities.
IMHO its a misconception to think that more features will help the
product to attract a greater audience.
Just a few things that come to my mind:
* Push xwiki into as many linux distros as possible with 'one click
* Create ready-to-go images for popular cloud hosters (such as Amazon EC2)
* Talk to as much hosters and push them to introduce XWiki as part of
* Make it simple and attractive for people currently using other
software (Wordpress comes to my mind) to move to the more powerful XWiki
I may be paranoid but I wonder if we will see XWiki survive the next
couple of years if its not gaining momentum in the big world.
just my 2 cents
Am 03.03.2011 14:21, schrieb Ludovic Dubost:
> Hi all,
> As many of you may know, 7 years ago, I created the XWiki Open-Source
> software. A few years ago, especially when Vincent arrived, I took a
> step back from development of the XWiki product to focus on
> developping XWiki SAS which allows to support the XWiki development.
> I've particularly spent my time making sure that the deployments of
> XWiki our Customers have been doing are successfull. I've left the
> product development work to committers who under the lead of Vincent
> have done amazing work in the last few years. We have provided some
> product marketing in addition through Guillaume's and lately Gregory's
> work which allowed to bring some feedback from users and customers and
> also bring a different less technical perspective to the XWiki Product
> development. Cati also joined the team and allowed us to make huge
> steps forward in product usability and design.
> Now, as XWiki SAS's project implementation team is doing great work on
> it's own, I've decided to involve myself more in the future of XWiki's
> product. I'm now the new XWiki SAS 'Product Marketing' head which
> means I will involve myself in community discussions about the product
> features actively developped, investigated for future development as
> well as in general discussions about the XWiki Software's future. I
> will try to bring the knowledge that XWiki SAS's customer, project
> managers, support team bring us from using XWiki in production
> environments to the community so that we make better decisions, more
> focused on developments that will allow to increase XWiki's success
> with end users. At XWiki SAS we have already done a lot of work to
> organize this feedback so that we know more things that XWiki SAS's
> developers and the XWiki community should work on.
> In the next few weeks you will therefore see me work on the
> investigations of future features as well as work more closely with
> developers whenever they feel the need on the features they implement
> actively. I will also manage the different surveys we have done in the
> past to gather feedback from our community. These surveys have still
> been running on the xwiki.org web site although they are now quite
> outdated. I will propose to review them and launch them again.
> If users or developers have any feedback about XWiki, about what we
> should work on in priority, please do send that feedback on the list
> (preferably). Although we have a much bigger list of great ideas than
> what we currently can achieve, you can help us on helping us select
> the most important ones that will make a difference.
> I would like to use this occasion to thank our great community of
> developers and users who help the committers every day to make XWiki
> better. We could not do this without all the suggestions, ideas,
> patches that our community provides.
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