December 2020 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - December 2020 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

Last month, the European Commission published the 2020-2023 update of its open source software strategy announcing it is to set up an Open Source Programme Office (OSPO). The concept is promoted by the Linux Foundation’s TODO group which has produced impressive material on how to run open source projects and programs. The group members being essentially prominent information technology vendors and platforms (mostly US), putting their houses in order with regard to how they resort to open source software is the least they can do.

However, for non IT companies, despite the hype, the OSPO concept is still rather empty and this is were OW2’s OSS Good Governance initiative comes in. We want to provide a blueprint for all open source users in the European ecosystem, whether in the IT industry or not. Our ambition is to provide guidelines for public administrations, utilities, and companies in the manufacturing, transportation, retail, finance sectors etc. to use open source software with the same level of proficiency as the Googles and Microsofts of this world.

On another note, we are pleased to welcome a new project in incubation in our code base: ENACT-Genesys submitted by our Norwegian member SINTEF. Heads up, this month we are opening the OW2con’21 Call for Presentations, check it out!

Thank you for your support, stay safe and… Season's greetings to all!

Cedric Thomas


PS: Project leaders: Please use your project dashboard to publish your updates. Your news will appear on our Project Marketplace home page and in this newsletter.

Project News

Project Updates

  • LDAP Tool Box: brings OpenLDAP 2.4.55 and 2.4.56 packages for RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. More.
  • XWiki: 11.10.11 and 11.10.12 are maintenance releases whereas 12.10 includes improvements that, for example, speed up extension manager search. More.
  • GLPI: version 9.5.3 fixes medium security issues and a lot of other bugs. Update is recommended! A new version of Formcreator plugin as also been released. More.
  • Rocket.Chat: a busy month with release of 4 new versions: 3.8.0, 3.8.1, 3.8.2 and 3.9.0. It brings, for example, the 2 Factor Authentication when using OAuth and SAML More.
  • Sympa: version 6.2.59 beta was released with some improvements to reduce the usage of setuid and improve security. More.
  • LemonLDAP::NG: a new minor version was released with the support of SameSite flag for cookies, now needed by recent browsers. More.

Project of the month

CLIF is a multi-protocol extensible load testing platform including monitoring facilities, with integration to Eclipse IDE and Jenkins CI server. CLIF won three OW2 Best Project Awards in 2007, 2012 and 2019. More.


Community News

Open Research Webinar - Series Launch, December 15, Online

We are launching a new webinar series to introduce our european software research projects in cooperation with the Eclipse Foundation. First webinar: December 15th. Check out the program and register now! More.

FOSDEM 2021, February 6-7, Online

We are excited to announce that our submission for a Devroom on "Dependency management" at FOSDEM 2021 has been accepted! We will issue the Call For Presentations early next week. More information soon.

OW2con'20 Best Project Awards

The winners of the OW2con'20 Best Project Awards were LUTECE (Community Award), MELODIC (Market Award) and Knowage (Technology Award). Congratulation again to the teams! More.

SFScon, November 13-14, Bolzano (real life and virtual)

Feedback from SFScon: check out the full video recording of the OW2 track with presentations by OW2, FASTEN, DECODER and Knowage. More.

RIOS Open Source Week, December 1-4, Online

OW2 was invited to join and give a presentation on December 1 during RIOS Open Source Week. More.

Beta-Testing Services for Innovative Projects

Do you have a software ready for beta-testing? Leverage the ReachOut platform, engage with the community, reward your beta testers and collect external feedback. Check out the active campaigns. Attend next webinars. Register your own project.

GitLab Update

The OW2 GitLab has been udpated to version 13.5. It brings a new set of features including the capability, using CI, to attach binary assets to releases.

OW2 Good Governance initiative

Check out the newly opened OSS Good Governance Resource Center. Work in progress! You are welcome to contribute and share content, best practices and experiences. More.

In the OW2 Ecosystem

The Paris area Systematic competitiveness cluster is running a survey on open source security practices and needs. Please contribute by filling in by December 31 a quick French questionnaire here.

In our Research Projects

AI technologies in DECODER explore large software project, bug reports and documentation to help teams go ahead, explains this Rocking Robots article. Or play our new 2-minute video explainer. More.


FASTEN team will coordinate the preparation of FOSDEM Dependency Management Devroom and take this opportunity to present the latest updates and progresses on its innovative intelligent package management framework. More.

OW2 Community Notices


The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on Thursday December 17, at 9:30am CEST.



OW2con'21, June 23-24, Orange Gardens, Paris Châtillon

Save the date for OW2con'21 our 2021 Annual Conference to take place in person at the Orange Gardens conference site on June 23-24. Stay tuned for the CALL For PRESENTATIONS opening mid-December.

FOSS Backstage, February 10-11, Online

FOSS Backstage 2021 will take place on February 10-11, and offer two days of discussions about everything related to governance, collaboration, legal and economics within the scope of FOSS.

17th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS Conference), May 12-13, Lahti, Finland

OW2 has been invited to chair the session "Industry Day" at the 2021 OSS Conference. More details soon.


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