July 2019 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - July 2019 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

The theme of OW2con this year Open Source: Toward Industry Maturity highlighted the new status of open source software. This evolution brings at least five challenges to communities such as OW2.

  1. The first concerns free riders. How can we get organisations like integrators and users to understand it is in their own long-term interests to contribute back to projects?
  2. The second is uncontrolled re-use, which must be professionalised. We need tools and best practices to manage endless dependencies and properly assess open source projects.
  3. The third challenge is SaaS. How critical will our four foundational freedoms going to be if they do not suffice to define openness, should open source licenses adapt?
  4. The fourth challenge is verticalisation. With open source everywhere, how are we going to fare as we move out of our comfort zone of horizontal components, tools and application platforms?
  5. The fifth and final (for now) challenge is the damage that can be caused by opportunistic foundations leveraging the mechanics of open source only to develop technologies and market positions.

These challenges will frame our roadmap for the months to come. Stay tuned.

On a lighter note, a big thank you to all the speakers and attendees who helped to make OW2con'19 our best annual conference ever! And our congratulations go to this year's OW2con Best Project Awards, XWiki for the Community Award, ProActive for the Innovation Award and CLIF for the Market Award! Special thanks to Gold Sponsors Orange who once again kindly provided the venue and 7bulls.com for their generosity. We would also like to thank Engineering, Thales, Aegis, Bluemind, City of Paris, Inria and Worteks and our community partner Systematic for their support. Check out the conference slides, videos, and photos and, if you were able to attend the event, please fill in our short feedback questionnaire to help us make next year's OW2con even better!

Thank you for your on-going support and a wonderful summer for our readers in the northern hemisphere!

Cedric Thomas

Project News

Project of the month

Bonitasoft’s Bonita is a full-featured, process-based application platform to create complete business applications, customizable to unique enterprise, technical team, and end user needs. It has been an OW2 project since its creation and won the Innovation Award at OW2con’18 Best Project Award Contest. More.

Project Updates

  • XWiki: New release 11.5 improves concurrent editing of pages. More.
  • Rocket.Chat: New 1.2.0rc2 shows App bundles while fixing LinkedIn OAuth login. More.
  • GLPI: 9.4.3 is now available on AWS. Try this pre-configured ready to use software. More.
  • LemonLDAP::NG: New release 2.0.5 offers security fixes and several improvements. More.
  • Bonita: New release 7.9.1 is out. More.
  • Sympa: The new 6.2.44 release can now hide full email addresses in archives. More.
  • Hammr: New 3.8.13 with improved Docker image download. More.

Community News

OW2con'19, June 12-13, 2019, Paris

OW2con'19 is a wrap! With the highest number of participants and an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, experienced IT professionals and decision makers, this year’s event was the best ever. Slides and videos are online. More.

OW2con'19 Best Project Award Contest

Congratulations to XWiki, CLIF and ProActive for their OW2con'19 Best Project Awards! Read the Press Release, and Solutions Numeriques article. More.

PERL Workshop 2019, June 19-22, Strasbourg

OW2 projects LemonLDAP::NG SSO manager and sympa mailing list manager participated in the French Perl workshop 2019 (aka Journées Perl) contributing talks, hackathons and workshops. More.

Paris Open Source Summit, 10-11 December 2019

Our participation at POSS 2019 is now confirmed with the coordination of several conference tracks and the visibility of OW2 projects and members in the exhibition. Stay tuned for more information or contact us if you are interested in joining the OW2 community booth .

In the OW2 Community Ecosystem

We are pleased to present two new success stories by OW2 project Knowage, with Enav air navigation service provider and the FIAT Research OEDIPUS project. More.


OW2 member XWiki SAS is kindly extending the invitation to its 15th anniversary event on July 8 at 7:00PM to the whole OW2 community. Don't miss the party, register and join the fun!


We are proud to announce that the recently published SILL ("Socle Interministériel des logiciels libres 2019") includes four projects from the OW2 code base: Sympa, Rocket.Chat, GLPI, and LemonLDAP. More.


OW2 project Bonita, an open source digital process automation platform (DPA), is now available in a new managed Cloud edition. See the Press Article (French).


OW2 is happy to be this year again Media Sponsor and to support EclipseCon Europe 2019. They are giving away one Full Pass free of charge. Contact us. More.


We have an on-going conversation with IoT Solutions World Congress (October 29-31, Barcelona) organizers. Please contact us if you would be interested in speaking or for exhibiting opportunities.

Collaborative Projects

STAMP ran a special breakout session on Java testing improvement with six speakers and live online demonstrations at OW2con'19. And there is a great demonstration of STAMP applied to OW2 Joram published hereMore.


ReachOut, "The Beta Testing Campaign Platform for Research Projects" was presented publicly for the first time at OW2con'19. More.


The DECODER research project, involving seven European partners designing a Software Project Intelligence platform for DevOps team, was introduced at OW2con'19. More.


The CROSSMINER research project, ran a successful international workshop on OSS project assessment at OW2con with live online demonstrations by project partners Bitergia, Eclipse and OW2. More


The FASTEN research project, developing an Intelligent Package Management technology based on method-level tracking of dependencies, was presented during OW2con'19. Read the press release. More.

OW2 Community Notices


The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on September 19, 9:30 CEST. 



SFScon, 15 November 2019, Bolzano


We are working on the possibility to participate in the next SFScon (South Tyrol Free Software Conference) event taking place in Bolzano, Italy. Contact us if you are interested.

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