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Subject:I want a new wiki
Time:09:00 am
Dear LazyWeb,

I want to set up a small wiki. It will be for entertainment purposes only, only have a handful of pages, and does not require extensive security, search, or anything of the sort. I'd like reasonably good tracking of changes, though, as it will be public and allow anonymous editing.

It will run on a linux-based server. For bonus points, I'd like to be able to make the layout clean and simple, with a single logo on each page.

Yesterday I installed Kwiki, but it appears to be sllooooowwwwww.

Whatcha got?
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xb95
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Time:2006-11-12 01:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I own http://www.lifewiki.net/ which is software I run. It doesn't allow anonymous editing, but it uses OpenID so you can log in with your LJ/Vox/TypePad accounts.

But yeah, I don't have much recommendations on wiki other than that. Kwiki is very slow. MediaWiki is uber powerful, but I think it's kinda slow too.
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rmd
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Time:2006-11-12 02:34 pm (UTC)
i installed mediawiki here (running fedora 3), which is about 2,000,000 times as complicated as it needs to be, but runs like a champ. i mostly went with mediawiki because it is well deployed and well documented and it is unlikely that i will run into a problem that other people haven't had to solve already.

it was dead simple to install, too. it comes out of the box with no spiffy security. i don't *think* you need to make any tweaks to enable anonymous editing. it's got good change tracking.
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soakland
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Time:2006-11-22 03:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't managed to get mediawiki running. (on FreeBSD 7) It requires PHP5, whose mod_php is killing apache on startup. This is the only package I've encountered that requires PHP5; most seem to be built for 4.
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jellymillion
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Time:2006-11-12 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'd look at the Wikipedia pages on Wikis for a start (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wiki_software), then there are a bunch of comparison sites around, IIRC. I use instiki (Ruby) and tiddlywiki (very clever all-in-one-page Javascript) for my personal and work-related notes and I'm considering using OpenWikiNG for a workgroup job, although that's ASP, so no use to you.

Speed shouldn't be an issue for a small wiki: I think I'd look at a non-RDB system for simplicity. If your server has Ruby, then instiki might be worth a look - I like the textile markup. [Disclaimer: I like just about anything written in Ruby, so allow for bias]
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ts4z
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Time:2006-11-13 12:12 am (UTC)
I set up up using OddMuse, which is what the Emacs Wiki uses (the maintainer of OddMuse runs the Emacs wiki).

It's a single perl script. It has few authentication features other than a couple of passwords (one admin, one everybody else).

If it's slow on my box, keep in mind that my box is not running mod_perl, and it's doing a whole bunch of perl crap every time... on a PII 350. I also am probably using a very old version of the engine. It doesn't appear to be blindingly fast, but it's not sloooooooow, maybe just slooow.
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ts4z
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Time:2006-11-13 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. The reason my wiki doesn't allow anonymous editing is that it got vandalized once and disabling it was easier than dealing with it. You just need the password to edit. There's really no security to speak of.
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