April 2016 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - April 2016 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

If you were a stakeholder in an open source software ecosystem of companies looking for a way to manage your technology commons and organize joint activities would you set up your own foundation or launch with OW2 what we call an “initiative”? We have had several conversations on this subject over the last couple of months that have opened up new perspectives for the OW2 initiatives for topics as diverse as accessibility, mobility and IoT.

OW2 is a community of communities and, technically speaking, an OW2 initiative affords the same benefits to its participants as a stand-alone foundation, but without the burden of creating and managing one. OW2 is an organization with tried and trusted processes, ten years of experience in running a community, and the flexibility, by design in its bylaws, to grow and adapt to new opportunities.

From a competitive point of view, foundations will probably go the way open source licenses have. After a surge of specific licenses the market is now consolidating to a handful of dominant licenses.  In this respect, the aggregation of collaborative projects at the Linux Foundation is a clear indication that the market has already matured to the point where ad-hoc foundations are no longer relevant.

On another note, I am delighted to announce that during its meeting on March 22, OW2's board of directors re-elected Dr. Yuri Glickman as Chairperson and appointed Prof. Wei-Tek Tsai as Vice-President to drive OW2's development China. Congratulations to both!

This month we are pleased to welcome two new OW2 Corporate Members: OpenSides an active supporter of the free software ecosystem and publisher of FusionDirectory, and Nanocloud which provides an innovative open source solution to push applications into the cloud without rewriting any code.

Thank you for your on-going support,

Cedric Thomas

PS: Project leaders: Do not forget to use the OW2 Forge to tell everybody about your project updates. News will appear on the OW2 forge, our home page and in this newsletter

New Members

Nanocloud: provider of a solution that turns any software into a cloud solution in a few minutes, without modifying existing source code, will take part in the Open Source Cloudware initiative

OpenSides: the publisher of FusionDirectory joins OW2 to promote the project and contribute to launching the Security and Privacy initiative.

Project News

Project Updates

  • XWiki 8.0 has been released: this version introduces new experimental minimal XWiki distribution, facility  to create the first user with administration rights instead of importing Admin user; also adds improvements to nested spaces on copy and rename features, location picker, link syntax, etc, more details in the release note.
  • LemonLDAP::NG published two minor releases with some bug fixes and enhancements, LemonLDAP::NG 1.4.7 adds support for Apache 2.4 and LemonLDAP::NG 1.9.1 fixes Nginx failure after reboot and adds Certificate check in Manager.

Community News

Cloud Computing World Expo, March 23-24, Paris

Check our photos confirming a successful Open Cloud Village, and OW2 community presentations prepared for the Open Cloud Forum by OW2 in Paris. More.

Cloud Expo Europe, April 12-13, London

Visit us and meet with ActiveEon and iKoula teams in the Open Cloud Park (booth #CF9). Attend the Open Cloud Forum by OW2. Register now. More.

Net Futures, April 20-21, Brussels

Attend a demo of the European open source marketplace or register your software assets at the AppHub booth, for a chance to win a digital watch. More.

AppHub Hands-on Workshops, April 21-22, Brussels

Seize Net Futures opportunity to join us and improve the portability of your open source code through the AppHub Factory. Register now!

OpenStack Summit, April 25-29, Austin, Texas

Visit the OW2 booth (#B32) or attend Thursday April 28 live demo to discover AppHub Open Source Marketplace. We still have Free Full Passes available. Contact us. More.

OSCON O'Reilly Conference, May 16-19, Austin, Texas

Once again, we will be exhibiting in the non-profit pavilion. US-based members and partners are welcome to visit us and why not give us a hand on the booth. More.

OW2 Webinars

OW2 Project Leaders: do not miss a great opportunity of visibility for your project. Register your webinar and use the Youtube replay in your communications. More

In the OW2 Community Ecosystem


European Commission Horizon 2020 calls for proposals ICT-6 (Cloud Computing) and ICT-10 (Software Technologies) will close Tuesday, April 12.
The Open Source Innovation Spring 2016 will take place from April to June 2016 in Paris region. Check out the program and register now.

Collaborative Project Reviews Roundup


Smart tourism can benefit from CHOReVOLUTION technologies. Learn how with SOFTECO Project Manager Marco Masetti video interview.
OCCIware: First results of the collaborative R&D project "Managing Everything as a Service" will be demonstrated on the OW2 booth at Cloud Expo Europe in London.

OW2 Community Notices


2016 Board of Directors: Congratulations to the members of the new Board and its Chairperson Yury Glikman.
Oscar, OW2 next-generation quality programme, was presented by Stéphane Laurière, OW2 CTO, at Cloud Computing World Expo. Oscar stands for Open-source Software Capability Assessment Radar.



We have finally decided to organize OW2con'16 on autumn 2016. More details and the final date will be announced soon.