January 2024 Newsletter

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

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

First, let me and all the team wish you a happy and fruitful 2024!

This new year opens with many opportunities to fund your FOSS project or digital common: the NGI Search project has its 4th open call open, NGI0 Commons fund open calls starts on Feb. 1st, and the French administration launched the "BlueHats Prize" with 10k grants to help maintainers of critical free software they use.

On OW2 community side, we are pleased to welcome a new member: Linagora, a well-known French service provider for maintenance, assurance, audit and consulting of Open Source software, with a strong focus on AI and LLMs. Plus a new project, brought by Orange: UUV, and end-to-end application testing framework with accessibility focus.

And our coming (free) events are on their way: OW2Con'24 (Paris, June 11/12) CfP is open until Feb. 25, so it is time to apply, and we are happy to welcome high-level keynote speakers: Thierry Carrez (General Manager at OpenInfra), Stefano Maffulli (OSI Executive Director), Patrick Masson (Executive Director at Apereo), and Frank Karlitschek (CEO at Nextcloud). You may also be interested by sponsorship opportunities!

More local (and French), AlpOSS takes place on March 21 at Echirolles City Hall, close to Grenoble in the French alps, in cooperation with our member Linphone/Belledonne Communications and the city of Echirolles. Local FOSS actors may apply as speaker and/or sponsor.

So, if there is just one point to keep in mind: 2024 will be for OW2 the year of open source and open commons funding... One more good reason to come and meet us at events, join as members to support us, and stay tuned!

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

Project News

 Project Updates

  • Rocket.Chat released version 6.5 that brings improvements to slack bridge, more statistics, new setting to automatically enable autotranslate when joining rooms and a lot more. More.
  • CryptPad: integration in Nextcloud, Open in CryptPad, is making significant progress. Version 5.6.0 improves forms, calendar, accessibility and paves the way for SSO. More.
  • Jeka: version 0.10 is receiving several improvements including the capability to hide value of properties with a name ending by "token" (useful for security purpose), updated version of JaCoCo, support of BOMs in @JkInjectClasspath and more. More.
  • GLPI version 10.0.11 brings security fixes as well as various LDAP fixes, several inventory fixes, and performance enhancements. More.
  • XWiki: published several maintenance version for version 15.10 with a bunch of bugs and security fixes. Note that there is a regression identified in 15.10.3 and 15.10.4 so you might hold on before upgrading More.
  • Waarp shared their feedbacks about latest edition of Paris Open Source Experience event. Learn more about Waarp experience on this event where they join us on OW2 booth More.
  • PrestaShop 8.1.3 patch release is out with a lot of (important) bug fixes. PrestaShop 9 is still under active development, watch the recording of the November core monthly live stream if you want to learn more about it! More.
  • LemonLDAP::NG: 2.18 is out bringing new features related to OpenID Connect protocol: JWT encryption, new supported algorithms (EC* and PS*), etc. 2FA has received UX improvements. And finally password management also benefit from improvements such as reset that can now be trigger from CLI or encryption if the password is stored in session. More.

Project of the month


Rocket.Chat  has released recently version 6.5, bringing along a new Starter plan making its open source collaboration platform and livechat application more accessible to small workspaces. More.

Community News

FOSDEM, February 3-4, Brussels




While attending FOSDEM '24, join the OW2 team at the NLNet Foundation booth,  Building K level 2, and discover the new cascade funding project NGI Zero Commons Fund. Attend two talks given by XWiki. More.

OSPO Alliance OnRamp, January 19, online




During the next OnRamp meeting, Tobie Langel — Open ecosystem strategy consultant, will explain why "Now more than ever, OSPO alignment with org. strategy is key". Join us on Jan. 19 at 10:30 CET. More.

Open Source Experience




Relive the highlights of an exciting and convivial OSXP 2023, including the OW2 booth with showcased solutions from XWiki, Waarp, City of Paris, and the EU cascade funding project NGI Search. Replay:

AlpOSS, March 21, 2024, Grenoble (Echirolles)




The CFP for this new local open source conference is still open. If you are located in the area of Grenoble and involved in open source technologies, send your presentation proposal by January 29, 2024. More

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




OW2con'24 Call for Presentations is still open until February 25, 2024, do not wait to send your proposal ! The sponsorship prospectus is now available, check it out and reserve your space. 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


RocketChat and XWiki will be taking part in the Univention summit, on 25-26 January 2024 in Bremen, Germany. Pay them a visit if you're in the area.


Winners of the Acteurs du Libre open source contest were revealed during Open Source Experience: CS Group, Nextcloud, BibLibre, Kotzilla, Gatling Corp, Parc National des Ecrins.  More

In our Research Projects


Fuel your open source software project thanks to the new NGI0Commons. Apply to the 1st open call, starting Feb. 1st, 2024. See the video (French) 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 soon launch a new event series "OW2 Open Source Webinars" dedicated to open source innovations and open source funding opportunities, through the NGI European programme. Stay tuned!


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