February 2024 Newsletter

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[OW2 Newsletter - February 2024 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

This month again I will be very pragmatic: OW2 is focused on efficiency, making your FOSS life easier and helping projects be sustainable.

We'll never be an american-style charity business, with 100k+ memberships to pay Brussels lobbyists (so the EU knows the "right" way to manage FOSS? I was there around FOSDEM... it is frightening!) and the wealthiest steering the boat alone: democracy and community rule, we are proud of being a common open to business, associations, open science, public sector, advocating for FOSS and true European sovereignty. With no hidden political or business agenda.

Keep the money for your OSPO and field FOSS: join OW2, the independent and transparent non-profit that paves the road for less - at its real cost, I mean :)

Now some (good) news about FOSS funding: NGI0 Commons Fund is launched, its 1st open call started, and you may apply for a grant. 21.6 MEUR of EC public money to fuel open source and commons, with OW2 steering the community side.
And for you, just a form to fill in: tell us what animates you, how your project will make the world of internet and commons better for citizens, then click submit!

Among other channels for FOSS funding: look at the "BlueHats Prize" from the French administration, still open to small, collaborative projects - not the usual suspects: note you may even nominate a project you like! And don't forget NGI search 4th open call, in progress.

I also have a message for all NGI grantees: advocate, advertise for it, tell the world you are in - and how much it is a success story. We need you all to convince politicians and decision makers that NGI rocks, so they have to keep the effort! Come back to us, we'll publish the news to make NGI shine.

And, would you wish to meet us physically (we'd be delighted), OW2 will run two events in France in the near future: OW2Con'24 in Paris (June 11/12), gathering all our community in EU and worldwide, and the more local AlpOSS on March 21 (hosted at the City Hall of Echirolles, near Grenoble).
Of course, attendance is free! Unless you opt for a sponsor package at OW2Con: a way to both support us and promote your FOSS involvement!

Last but not least, it is election time to renew the OW2 Board of Directors: all our members (corporate and individuals) should have received an email to call for candidates, don't forget to apply by Feb. 13. Then we'll need your vote: the Board is key in OW2's governance, and your voice matters! Do not hesitate to contact us directly for any question (or if you did not receive the email, as a member, of course).

Thanking you so much for supporting open source,

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

New Member

Linagora is a well-known French service provider for maintenance, assurance, audit and consulting of Open Source software, with a strong focus on AI and LLMs.

Project News

New Project
UUV (User centric Usecases Validator) brought by Orange has just been accepted by the Technology Council and is now part of OW2. UUV is an end-to-end application testing framework with accessibility focus. More

Project Updates

  • PrestaShop January live update was the occasion to cover an important topic: CI/CD processes when developing PrestaShop stores and modules. More.
  • GLPI version 10.0.12 brings security fixes as well as a better handling of connection issues when performing LDAP synchronization and performance enhancements in the entity selector. More.
  • Rocket.Chat released version 6.5.3 that fix an issue leading to the user being logged out after using 2FA. This version also updates several dependencies. More.
  • CryptPad published a step by step tutorial to setup two-factor authentication with a lot of info about what is going on behind the scene. More.
  • XWiki 16.0.0 was released, this is the first stable release of the 16.x cycle. It brings some Live Data improvements, migrations capabilities from Live Table to Live Data. On the technical side, this version now requires Java 17. Several dependencies have been updated and reading the release notes is highly recommended.  More.
  • BlueMind publish a blog post explaining how to turn your Thunderbird into a collaborative work champion. Actually, BlueMind provides a dedicated Thunderbird plugin, checkout all the features in the blog post! More.

Project of the month


Knowage is an Open Source Analytics and Business Intelligence Suite. Among major new features, the 8.1 release offers a new look&feel for the end-user and a new theme management feature. More.

Community News

AlpOSS, March 21, 2024, Grenoble (Echirolles)




The CFP is now closed. A big thank to the sponsors for supporting the event. If you are based in the area of Grenoble, think about joining us and meet the local community. Registration will open soon.  More

OW2con'24, June 11-12, 2024, Paris-Châtillon




Less than three weeks left before OW2con'24 CFP deadline (February 25). Take this opportunity to be part of the latest in open source solutions and trends! Check our affordable sponsorship options. More

Open Expo Europe, June 13, Madrid




We will organize an OW2 community booth at Open Expo Europe, to showcase OW2, NGI Search and NGI Zero Commons. If you are based in Madrid area, come visit us and possibly co-exhibit on the booth. More.

Job Corner


We are glad to share with you several dozens of jobs offered by OW2 members at alter way, CEA List, INRIA, FactorFX, Linagora, OpenStudio, Orange, Prestashop, Worteks, XWiki, BlueMind and Engineering Group (jobs located mostly in Italy).

In the OW2 Ecosystem


XWiki (B60) and BlueMind (D64-E63) are both OW2 members showcasing at Documation in Paris, next March 19-21. More.


The Free Software Professional Meeting "Rencontres Professionnelles du Logiciel Libre" 2023 will take place on June 10 in Lyon, France. More.


Save the date for the third BlueMind Summit : October 10, in Paris. More information soon.

In our Research Projects


Fuel your open source software project thanks to the new NGI Zero Commons. Apply to the 1st open call, starting Feb. 1st, 2024. See the French video or read the Press Release. More.


Seize the opportunity of the 4th NGI Search open call until March 1st, 17:00 CET. Check the supported project topics, and get prepared to apply for 1-year scientific and marketing support, and up to €150 000. 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.



We will launch in March 2024 a new event series "Open Source Webinars by OW2" dedicated to open source innovations and open source funding opportunities, through the NGI European programme. Stay tuned!


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