Broken down into categories:
WindowsWiki! Automatic self installer (inno). USes a server called tinyweb which comes with it, written in ppython, not that THAT matters in this context.
How do "prerequisites" or "necessary infrastructure" figure into the measure of "easiest to install"? I would guess that an ASP.NET-based wiki would be trivial to install, assuming that the server already has IIS, the .NET Framework, and SQL Server or MSDE installed. Similarly, something installable via RPM or APT in the Linux world would probably be easy, but there is significant infrastructure underlying that simplicity.
I would think that most wikis should be pretty easy to install, assuming the following:
Egad that is a lot of assuming !!! I just downloaded EddiesWiki, unZIPped, started and ran. Period. No previous web server, no nothing from that list. As far as I'm concerned, that is the definition of EasiestInstallableWiki?, and anything else can't possibly be easier (ties are accepted, though). -- UltraLazyReallyRatherStupidUser?
BTW, the server exe file of EddiesWiki will happily run on its own, keeping all pages in memory, so no unzipping is strictly necessary! -- vk
A very unique approach (though not revolutionary) in providing eased installation is the WebInstaller? for ErfurtWiki at http://ewiki.berlios.de/installer/. It completely skips the downloading step in that it installs the Wiki directly via FTP where you told it. You obviously still need a Web server, and the process is complicated because it integrates a couple of setup questions ("choose a layout") - but for the subject of this page, it provides the most hassle-free installation method of all existing (WWW based) WikiEngines.
I suppose TWiki is fairly easy to setup if you're used to doing that kind of configuration already. Both my wiki (KwikWiki), Frank Carver's Friki (FrikiServlet) and GarethCronin's VeryQuickWiki are very easy to set up if you already have a java app-server on your machine. Gareth's wiki engine and Friki in particular only require you to deploy the .war file and you can get going.
Different people will find different wikis easy to use depending on their previous experience and what they already have on their machines. It's probably best for people to seek out the most appropriate wiki for them rather than the easiest to install for some unnamed segment of society. -- AdewaleOshineye
How about instead of making it a contest (which is based on subjectivity), we list the easily (sp?) installable wikis and identify what makes them easy to install. In retrospect, I would have appreciated a list like that before I installed and hacked on PhpWiki, UseModWiki, TWiki, SqueakWiki, and MoinMoin (finally settling on MoinMoin). -- SeanOleary
Coming from a non technical person wanting to set up and starting working with a wiki if it had not been for this page I would have never found installable wikis. Afte spending nearly a day with no success, I found this page. Soon I had installed and started using TiddlyWiki, QwikiWiki and PMWiki. Sure there are others with different feature sets, but if the installation is too complicated a potential wiki community member may forever be lost. At least I almost was until I discovered this page. --John Morris
Uuugh! OK, whoever decided to use tabs on this page needs to be shot with a clue-gun. --SamuelFalvo?