Socialtext to open-source bulk of its software

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Socialtext Inc. plans to open-source more than 80% of its software, the company announced Wednesday. The U.S. start-up specializes in software and support for enterprises looking to set up their own internal wikis and Web logs.

The wiki concept of "open editing" is used in Web sites like free-content encyclopedia Wikipedia, where anyone accessing the site can create, edit or annotate its Web pages.

The first Socialtext product to go open-source is Wikiwyg, a what-you-see-is-what-you-get wiki editing tool, with more to follow, according to Mayfield.

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