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JSPWiki vs. XWiki

via Jim Grisanzio: Chris Phelan has done evaluations of JSPWiki and XWiki for use on the OpenSolaris.org site. Based on his 32 requirements, XWiki came out on top.

On balance, XWiki wins by virtue of having better support for management, searching, page taxonomies, virtual servers, content export and language translation/localization support.

JSPWiki has slightly better support for identifying orphaned pages and accesskey support (XWiki 1.4 will have support for access keys).

Confluence was not considered because requirement #0 is "the software must be free and open source," which seems like a reasonable request when selecting software for an open source community site.


I am always astonished when folks choose anything other than MediaWiki. Nothing else even comes close in terms of functionality.

Posted by mediaWikiFan on June 25, 2008 at 12:42 PM EDT #

@mediaWikiFan Though MediaWiki doesn't quite match one of the basic requirements of the OpenSolaris.org website, that is, being written in Java ;-)

Posted by Guillaume on June 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM EDT #

Hi, the best (Java based) wiki software is Atlassian's Confluence. It's commercial, but there's also a free Open Source Project License available: http://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/licensing.jsp#nonprofit

Posted by Thorleif Wiik on August 03, 2008 at 08:55 AM EDT #

Thorleif, yes, Confluence is a wonderful wiki and Atlassian loves to help open source developers, but it is most definitely not open source. - Dave

Posted by Dave Johnson on August 03, 2008 at 10:00 AM EDT #

I know this comment is very late but: We've bumped into very bad surprises with XWiki (i.e. nothing works as desired) and have now "switched" (migrated from XWiki, all transition pain included) to JAMWiki (http://jamwiki.org) which tries to copy MediaWiki in Java and are quite satisfied with it!

Posted by Messi on June 18, 2009 at 12:20 PM EDT #

Hi Messi, Would be great if you could send us a mail on the XWiki user list explaining the "pain points" so that we can improve. http://dev.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Community/MailingLists Some other users have raised some difficulties but they've spoken with us and are now very fervent XWiki afficionados. Thanks a lot -Vincent

Posted by Vincent Massol on June 18, 2009 at 01:16 PM EDT #

Thanks Vincent. Basically, I have installed XWiki and by far it is the best one in terms of UI, ease of use and features. The only issue that is annoying us is the memory consumption in relation to attachments. Is this an old issue and has this been addressed in recent releases?

Posted by Amar on July 16, 2009 at 08:19 AM EDT #

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