February 2023 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - February 2023 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

Time goes by, late tonight writing this newsletter, then wondering... what if I let ChatGPT do it instead of me?

Ok, just a joke! It's me!

And at OW2 we believe social economy will take over our IT destiny, not AI bots. I use the term in its broadest sense: societal innovation means cooperation between businesses, public bodies, and the society at large, to provide a mix of open source, open science and open education everyone benefits from.

We are part of that game for a long time, with recent successes:
- In France, our report on the impact of free software installability on the durability of devices (in French) led the Government's digital agency state that free software is key for durability, and envisage to include it in a "durability index" displayed on smartphones and computers.
- In the EU, the NGI Search project we are part of just closed its 1st open call, and many applicants are keen on social impact and open source, involving civil associations, companies and research institutes with long track records in open models. Let's wish these ones good luck!

Of course, the path is narrow, as foundations like us are digital commons: those who benefit from them and contribute or finance are fair, but unfair use can't be avoided without enclosures - what economists call the "tragedy of the commons" - and we don't want that.
I just had a talk (along with Python software foundation CEO Deb Nicholson) at the Board of Apereo, a US foundation focused on OSS for Universities, exchanging about governance and ways to gain sustainability and secure financing: all of us face the same dilemma and issues, and if hard times are expected in such a changing world we have to struggle together.

So, as a start to join the play, just come and meet us at OW2Con'23 (June 14/15 in Paris): it is about digital commons, the CFP is open, the event is free, we have great keynoters we'll unveil soon, and there are motivating sponsor packages accessible to everyone.

This makes lots of good reasons for me to keep writing this, not a cyborg: let's bet on collective human intelligence!

Thanking you for your on-going support,

Pierre-Yves Gibello


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


  • XWiki: made available the first release candidate of version 15.0. It includes some small news features for admins and developers but it is mostly a dependency upgrade and security fixes release. More.
  • GLPI: shared a testimony from Javier Ripoll a GLPI user at Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe, in Valencia, Spain. More.
  • PrestaShop published version 8.0.1 that introduce improvements such as support of webP on the DropZone, preview in product list v2 and several bug fixes and a security fix. More.
  • Rocket.Chat: released version 5.4.2 with improvement on the emoji picker and several bug fixes. More.
  • BlueMind present their new offer: BlueMind – Digital Crisis Communication, a solution to keep your usual communication channels (mail, video meetings, etc.) available during a cyber attack. More.
  • LemonLDAP::NG release version 2.0.16 that brings 2 security issues fix and improvements such as a new Geolocation plugin based on Maxmind GeoIP, a new generic 2FA register module and much more. Also note that a change will happen regarding versioning: the next version will be 2.17.0 to respect semantic versioning. More.

Project of the month

Telosys is a lightweight code generator designed to reduce developers workload and to bootstrap any kind of project. More.

Community News

OW2con'23, June 14-15, 2023, Paris-Châtillon

Less than three weeks away from the CFP deadline, hurry up if you did not submit yet! Check out the sponsorship options, stay tuned to discover soon our great list of keynote speakers. More.

Documation, 21-23 March 2023, Paris Porte de Versailles

OW2 members Bluemind, FactorFX and XWiki are showcasing their latest solutions at Documation 2023. More.

Open Expo Europe, May 18, Madrid

OW2 will give a talk at Open Expo Europe. We are evaluating the opportunity to organize a small OW2 community booth at no cost for the members, if you are interested please contact us quickly. More.

Report on the durability of digital equipment and open source by DINUM

OW2 contributed to this report which led to a first positive response to the question: is the durability of digital equipment increased if it is possible to install free systems. More.

Associate Organization

Welcome to OSS Sweden as new OW2 Associate Organization! This industry association supports the interests of open source Swedish companies. More.

OW2 Community Notice

The date for the next OW2 Board meeting is March 17, at 9:30am CET remotely. More.

In the OW2 Ecosystem

The Free Software Professional Meeting "Rencontres Professionnelles du Logiciel Libre" 2023 will take place on May 24 in Lyon, France. More.


Discover the results of the last study on the open source market in France and Europe launched by CNLL, along with Numeum and Systematic Paris Region. More .

Job Corner

We are glad to share with you several dozens of jobs offered by OW2 members including at alter way, FactorFX, OpenStudio, Prestashop, Worteks, and XWiki.

In our Research Projects

The first NGI Search open call is over now. The list of selected projects will be announced soon. Stay tuned for the next calls and funding opportunities in the area of Internet search. More.


The beta-testing platform remains open to OW2 members, research projects and SMEs wishing to collect feedback for their latest beta release or use cases. More.



Save the date on your agendas: December 6-7, Paris. The 2023 new program committee has just been announced.


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