January 2021 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - January 2021 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

All the team at OW2 wish you and your families a very happy, successful, peaceful, and healthy new year.

Despite 2020 being a challenging year for everyone, we succeeded in keeping the conversation going by turning our annual conference into a virtual event in six weeks! We made significant progress in launching the OSS Good Governance initiative and started deploying our Market Readiness Levels project assessment across our code base. We look forward to sharing the results of these efforts with you in 2021!

The central theme of OW2con’21 is "Leveraging the European Open Source Ecosystem." It echoes the publication of the European Commission’s new open source strategy, the Berlin Declaration on Digital Society and Value-Based Digital Government and the French Parliament’s report on open data and open source software. Our open source ecosystem is clearly experiencing a European “moment.” 

The OW2con'21 Call For Presentations is open until March 15, 2021. Please note the deadline and don’t leave your submission to the last minute! Save the date for OW2con'21, June 23-24, and check out how you can become a Sponsor! Sponsorship helps to make an even better conference.

On another note, I am pleased to announce Huawei has joined OW2 as Corporate member to contribute to the OSS Good Governance initiative and participate in our vibrant community.

A couple of housekeeping notes: the OW2 board and chairperson elections will be held from February 3 to March 18, 2021, and our General Assembly on March 5, 2021.

Wishing you once again much happiness and success for 2021!

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.

New Members

Huawei: The leading global ICT solutions provider with more than 180,000 employees joins OW2 as Corporate member to contribute to the OSS Good Governance initiative and participate in our vibrant community.


Project News

Project Updates

  • Sympa: version 6.2.59 beta 2 was released. More.
  • OCS Inventory: a new version (2.8.1) of OCS Inventory server has been released. More.
  • XWiki: two maintenance releases have been published (12.10.1 and 12.10.2). More.
  • Lutece: publish version 6.2.2. More.
  • Rocket.Chat: another very busy month with 5 releases: 3.8.4, 3.8.5, 3.9.3, 3.9.4 and 3.10.0. More.
  • LDAP Tool Box: brings OpenLDAP 2.4.55 and 2.4.56 packages for RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. More.

Project of the month

FusionDirectory is an Identity Management Solution (IAM) enabling to manage delegation to different levels of staff on a daily basis while maintaining confidentiality and data security. FusionDirectory won the 2016 OW2 Best Project Market Award and the 2018 Community Award. More.


Community News

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

Save the date! The main theme of our annual conference this year is : "Leveraging the European Open Source Ecosystem". The Call For Presentations and sponsoring opportunities are open. Check it out! More.

Open Research Webinar Series, March 4, Online

Second webinar, March 4th, in our webinar series organized in cooperation with the Eclipse Foundation to introduce european software research projects. Check out the program and register now! More.


Message to project leaders: our request for a virtual booth has been accepted! Please contact us quickly if you would like to take turn in showcasing your projects! We are also happy to announce the final program of our Devroom on Dependency Management which we are coordinating with the FASTEN project. 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.

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

Activeeon teams up with HPE and Intel providing seamless workload management solutions for converged HPC and AI. More.


OW2 member Worteks announces a new Success Story based on OW2 projects LemonLDAP::NG and FusionDirectory used by Lille Metropole. More.


OW2 member Gendarmerie Nationale actively contributes to LemonLDAP::NG and OCS Inventory. Learn more with Arnaud Le Grignou video interview.


OW2 Associate Organisation Open Forum Europe organizes an EU Open Source Policy Summit 2021 on February 5th. More.


OW2 has been consulted in the framework of the mission launched by the French Parliament "Mission Bothorel" on open data policy. Check out the report and its recommendations and send us your feedback!. More.

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.


Why is it important to understand how work dependencies? Check out this recent ZDnet article and discover how FASTEN addresses it.

OW2 Community Notices


The OW2 board and chairperson elections will be held from February 3 to March 18, 2021 and our General Assembly on March 5, 2021.



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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