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21 bytes added, 01:51, 25 April 2007
Fixed the first sentence
MediaWiki is the a [[free software which powers many websites which serve collaborative projects]] [[wiki]] engine, licensed under the [[GNU General Public License]], or GPL.. The software was originally created to power Wikipedia, and, as it is [[free software]], is now used to power many other sites of varying size, including [[CreationWiki]], Conservapedia, the various projects of the [[Wikimedia Foundation]], and [[Jimmy Wales]]'s [[for-profit company]], [[Wikia]], as well as being applied in small wikis for a single group. A notably different use of the MediaWiki software is by the company [[Novell]], which uses it to power several of its high-traffic websites, which are only editable by a select group, not the general public. As Wikipedia is an extremely high-traffic website, MediaWiki is highly optimized for preformance.