My goal is also not to upset you but I’ll provide candid advice. I get the feeling that you have in mind to use Tiki for an important, long term project. Thus, you want a certain level of reliability/comfort before you get into it. I get that.
I suggest you change your choice of words. Tiki is free source software. You are free to use it but you are not entitled any one else’s time. Using words like “Alarming” “Die” “horrifying” will not make people want to collaborate with you.
A few reactions below.
I encourage you to read up on the Tiki Model, especially this part:
Tiki is a success with the current model
Are you judging Tiki because of some replies you got in the forums? and because of one feature that is not working for you?
In the admin panel where you activated WebDAV, it reads: "These features are relatively new, or recently underwent major renovations. You should expect growing pains and possibly a lack of up to date documentation, as you would of a version 1.0 application"
I even added a section to cover your question
See my conclusion below.
Tiki is a free source application. LGPL 2.1
Why are you antagonizing the people that are trying to help you?
I am not very familiar with the Joomla! ecosystem. However, this seems like a very broad generalization. Throughout a large community, you will see all kinds of behaviors. Some will be very active and support a module and some will just leave it do die, and anything between those two extremes.
Your example of the hospital makes no sense. If you are a volunteer at the hospital to help people with directions (for example), and someone asks you to take their blood pressure, (and you are not qualified to do that), you will try to point them in the right direction.
Community members participate the documentation, forums and mailing lists as volunteers. Tiki has tons of features, so people tend to know only a subset. They can choose to try to help you, but they may not know the answer to your specific question.
I see nothing alarming. He said “And sorry, no idea about win7 (never needed to pay for that software, and never tried it)” He didn’t say he didn’t think Tiki shouldn’t work with it. He said that he can’t help you because he doesn’t use that software.
I think you are over reacting here. There are tons of software which do not work on Windows and Mac and they will not “die”. And nobody ever said that the goal was that Tiki not work. Tiki has always been multi-platform. It’s browser-based software!
Xavi has been pushing for years for the inclusion of WebDAV in Tiki. He participated to a previous iteration which never was added to the core http://tiki.org/TikiDavDev
So he understands very well. He wants an easier user experience for end-users. Double-click, edit, save.
With this attitude, perhaps no one will want to work with you!
I suggest to first get it going for one platform first and make sure that is OK. Then, try to figure out why it’s not working for the others. I have seen in the past that Vista needed to be patched for WebDAV to work. Not a Tiki bug but indeed a bug in MS Vista.
I think you should seriously read up on the following documents to know what you are getting into:
Now, if you indeed have a serious project and are looking to pick a platform. I suggest:
- Try out all the features you think you will need and make a global evaluation (vs just one feature)
- Compare that to other solutions (Joomla!, etc.)
- Pick the best one for you through a rigorous evaluation. Once you have picked it, resist the urge to change your mind or to complain.
- Roll your sleeves up and commit to making it work.
- Get in touch with the developers of those features and try to work out an arrangement to take the features to the level you need them to be. If that doesn't work, find a developer somewhere that can make it happen
That is how I run a successful business!