July 2016 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - July 2016 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

Judging by several sessions and discussions at events such as OSCON and FOSDEM, many people seem to draw a line between community-based open source projects and industry-led open source foundations. As if there were, on the one hand, “genuine” free software projects and foundations, such as Debian, FreeBSD, LibreOffice, MariaDB and Apache for instance and, on the other, “dubious” commercial open source organizations controlled by profit-making companies, a status that OW2 shares with Eclipse, OpenStack, and the Linux Foundation and its sub-foundations. 

This distinction is anchored in a static perception of the software industry, which can be quite confusing if not disingenuous. Grassroot communities are not the panacea, not only because, increasingly, free software developers are professional contributors paid by their profit-making employers but also because, although commendable, volunteer-based management can be fragile and is not immune to crisis. For their part, well structured open source organizations are not necessarily evil, they could not exist if they were not sharing the values of free software; moreover they offer the advantages of professional and transparent community management. 

For the sake of clarity, let's repeat that OW2 is a community-led business ecosystem platform that facilitates the development of a code base of open source infrastructure. OW2 shares the ethics of free software and leverages the open source business model in a way that is as transparent and professional as can be for the benefit of its users and members alike.

We are moving foward with organizing OW2con'16, September 21-22 -- Save the date! Please download the Sponsorship Prospectus and make sure you do not miss the deadline Call For Presentation deadline: 15 july.

This month I am proud to welcome new OW2 Corporate Member Videolabs the company behind world famous open source media player VLC.

Thank you for your on-going support,

Cedric Thomas

PS: Project leaders: Do not forget to use the OW2 Forge to tell everybody about your project updates. News will appear on the OW2 forge, our home page and in this newsletter

New Members

Videolabs: the company that supports VLC, the world leading free and open source cross-platform multimedia player, joins OW2 to leverage is ecosystem to develop its server-side business.

Project News

Projects Updates

Community News

OW2con'16, September 21-22, Paris

Join us at the OW2 annual community event! The CALL FOR PRESENTATION is still open (deadline July 15). Submit your presentation proposal now! Check out the sponsorship options on our Prospectus. More.

OW2 International Programming Contest

The OW2 International Programming Contest 2016 is in full swing. More than 30 teams representing over more than 80 students, mostly from China and India, are participating. More.

RMLL Security Track, July 4-6, Paris

A presentation of LemonLDAP::NG represents the OW2 community and its projects at this version of RMLL dedicated to Security. More.

fisl 17, International Free Software Forum, July 13-16, Porto Alegre

OW2 is running a booth at fisl with OW2 Brazilian members Konsultex and Propus. OW2 CEO will give a talk on lessons from the open source software value chain. More.

CLASS Conference, November 8-9, Ljubljana

OW2 CEO participates in the program committee and will join the conference. The AppHub and CHOReVOLUTON projects will be showcased in Slovenia. More.

Paris Open Source Summit, November 16-17

OW2 is actively involved in POSS 2016, co-organizing four conference tracks and setting-up a community booth on the exhibition floor. Please contact us if you want to join us. More.

In the OW2 Community Ecosystem

EclipseCon Europe 2016 will take place in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on October 25-27. The Call For Presentation is open (deadline July 18).

Software Heritage: OW2 Corporate Member Inria launched Software Heritage a universal repository of open source code for future generations. OW2 welcomes and supports this ambitious project. 

Comptoir du libre: Launched by OW2 Associate Organization Adullact to promote open source solutions for local governments, this project will share some best practices with OW2's market readiness program OSCAR.

Open Source School: The first school specialised in Open Source Software is now accepting applications. OW2 is a supporting partner of the school.

OW2 Community Notices


2016 Board of Directors: The next meeting of the OW2 Board of Directors will be a face-to-face meeting on September 20, 2016, in Paris.


Cloud Forward Conference, October 18-20, Madrid

An AppHub Workshop will be organized during Cloud Forward. More details soon.

OpenStack Summit, October 24-28, Barcelona

OW2 will be exhibiting and demonstrating CHOReVOLUTION, OCCIware and AppHub. We could take a larger space if any members wish to join us. Contact us. Note the CFP deadline: July 13th.