March 2024 Newsletter

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

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

The spring comes, with its good and bad news:

On the dark side, the Foundation for Public Code, our partner founding the OSPO Alliance, shuts down its EU office (where they originated from), laying off the team, and will try to keep its US office alive. The reason? Sustainability. Here in Europe, people appreciate commons, but few commit to fund them. Now who's next?
EU is the place where 71% of FOSS developers in the world live: sovereignty requires to keep our foundations alive, or in the end, only the Linux Foundation will remain to tell us from overseas how we should do open source. And this is cheap... but not free.

On the bright side, OW2 has some good news: a new member, Adaltas (open source Big Data experts), joined us! Another member, Linagora, signed a strategic agreement with CNRS, the most prominent French research institute, to innovate on AI and reinforce the OpenLLM France Consortium for a sovereign and open source AI. So the community rocks!

We also have a new Board of Directors, freshly elected. Some Directors renewed their seats, but we welcome three newcomers: Davide Dalle Carbonare from Engineering (Italy), Vincent Untz from Centreon (France), and to represent individuals, Amani Jebali from Tunisia. Again 4 countries on Board!

And don't forget our coming events, a free and friendly way to join us: AlpOSS, March 21 at the City Hall of Echirolles, near Grenoble, the place OW2 originated from in South-East France. And, of course, OW2Con'24 in Paris (June 11/12).
For those who don't have the opportunity to travel, you may also join online our coming open source webinar series, starting March 28: program unveiled soon, stay tuned.

Thanking you so much for your ongoing support,

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 Associate Organization

We are pleased to welcome as new OW2 Associate Organization COSS the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions, a non-profit association that promotes open source, open data, open standards and APIs.

Project News

Project Updates

  • Rocket.Chat released version 6.6.0 that brings several UI/UX improvements including a better navigability using keyboard! More.
  • PrestaShop latest core monthly updates gives details about 8.1.4 maintenance release (and the upcoming 8.1.5) but also about PrestaShop 9 new API and PHP 8.3 support. More.
  • LemonLDAP::NG version 2.18.2 is available fix several issues including one with mail not being sent due to incorrect format. More.
  • LDAP Tool Box publish the latest version of OpenLDAP 2.5 and 2.6 packages RHEL (and derivatives) and Debian (and derivates). Packages repositories have been updated to allow you to choose between version 2.5 and 2.6. More.
  • Waarp obtained the bronze medal from Provigis. This recognition attests of their commitment to legality, transparency, and social responsibility in their business activities. More.
  • CryptPad shared their recommendations regarding the attention you should give to the ownership structure of the tools that they rely on. More.
  • XWiki 16.1.0 was released. It brings the usual set of bug fixes and dependency updates. It also includes new usage of Live Data in various places bringing better look and feel and filtering/sorting in more places in XWiki. More.

Project of the month


FusionDirectory is an Identity Management Solution (IAM). Among the most recents news, the project is working on key improvements to answer the specific needs of the Metropole de Lyon and the University of Orléans. More.

Community News

Open Source by OW2 Webinar Series, March 28 at 16:00 CET


We are very pleased to announce this new quarterly webinar series. Each webinar will showcase two projects (from OW2 and from the NGI ecosystem). Contact us if you would like to take this opportunity to gain visibility. More

AlpOSS, March 21, 2024, Grenoble (Echirolles)




Less than two weeks before AlpOSS. With 14 sponsors and more than 100 registered participants we are expecting a successful first edition of this local conference. Registration is still open.  More

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




The annual conference CFP is now closed, the program will be announced by mid-March. Take part of OW2con'24 through our affordable sponsorship options and face-to-face. More

Open Expo Europe, June 13, Madrid




If you are an OW2 member interested by meeting the Spanish community or if you are part of NGI Search and based in Madrid area, join our community booth in Madrid. 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.


Vincent Untz is the new Chief Technology Officer of Centreon OW2 Corporate member and editor of an open source platform monitoring end-to-end IT infrastructures. More.


The Prestashop Day will take place in Paris next June 13, 2024, just after OW2con'24. The PrestaShop community will discuss the main topics in e-commerce, new technologies and open source software. More

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.


The 4th Open Call is now closed, the list of beneficaries is now published. Check the supported project topics, and get ready to apply for the next (and last open call) starting in June.  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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