October 2020 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - October 2020 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

The COVID-19 crisis has brought renewed interest in resilience and sovereignty concerns across all sectors of our economies. From the IT perspective, this calls for more consideration of open source software because, although politically ignored and economically marginalized, “open source components and libraries are the foundation of literally every application in every industry” (2020 Synopsys Report).

Our economies need a long-term supply of open source software. They need this web of relationship and complementary resources we call the open source ecosystem to be sustainable. Non-profit communities like robust, small and medium-sized companies with flexible offerings permeating the whole economy are more valuable than global leaders whose successes in reality do not trickle down to the rest of us. 

Users of open source software are an essential part of the ecosystem. They must be aware that they have a vested interest in the long-term success of their open source software and service vendors and the financial sustainability of the open source projects and libraries they depend on. While open source software does not itself define digital sovereignty, there can be no true digital sovereignty strategy without open source software.

We at OW2 are busy contributing to a balanced European open source ecosystem with our Market Readiness Levels and Good Governance initiatives. Check them out!

A quick reminder to Project Leaders, you have until October 15th to submit your project to the OW2con'20 Best Project Awards contest. Submit your project now! The winners will be announced at the OW2 Community Day on November 3rd in Grenoble.

Thanking you for your on-going support, stay safe!

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.

Project News

Project Updates

  • FusionDirectory: a new post was published about SupAnn standard support. Also a reminder: you can ask for a FusionDirectory live demonstration! More.
  • Waarp R66: important internal improvements are packed in release 3.5.0 including reduced memory footprint. More.
  • XWiki: 12.7.1 maintenance release is a bugfix release whereas 12.8 includes improvements with a focus on usability. More.
  • LDAP Tool Box: brings OpenLDAP 2.4.53 packages for RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. More.
  • LemonLDAP::NG: version 2.0.9 fix 2 vulnerabilities but also comes with new features (session command line tool) and improvements. More.
  • GLPI: a new plugin to validate a request directly from an email was released. Formcreator plugin got a new release fixing several bugs. More.
  • OCS Inventory: version 2.8 was released including new features, improvements and bug fixes. More.
  • Rocket.Chat: 3 maintenance releases were published for version 3.6 and version 3.7.0 was released bringing new features. More.

Project of the month

ASM is an all purpose Java bytecode manipulation and analysis framework. ASM was first created in 2000, congrats for the continued success! More.


Community News

OW2 Community Day, November 3, Grenoble

The OW2 Community Day is still confirmed and we are pleased to announce the program of our real-life event. Registration is open, reserve your free pass now! More.

OW2con'20 Best Project Award Contest (deadline October 15th)

OW2 Project Leaders: only 10 days left to submit your project! Do not miss this unique recognition and visibility opportunity. The award ceremony will take place at the OW2 Community Day. More.

SFScon, November 13-14, Bolzano (real life and virtual)

Still a couple of slots available in the OW2 track at SFScon. Confirmed presentations on EU-funded research projects FASTEN and DECODER and open source projects market readiness. More.

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.

OW2 Rocket.Chat server available for all users

The OW2 instant messaging server is now available to all OW2 users! Not a replacement but an addition to our mailing lists and service desk. To use it, register on www.ow2.org and login on gitlab.ow2.org.

In the OW2 Ecosystem

OW2 project FusionDirectory is now listed in the french administration list of recommended software (SILL "Socle Interministériel de Logiciels Libres"). Congratulations for this great achievement! More.


EclipseCon Europe, Oct. 19-22, is held this year as a virtual event. The program is published and registration is opened. More.


The Open Source Business Forum, Oct. 7-8, is a virtual event discussing commercial open source software in Europe. More.

In our Research Projects

A new software ready for beta-testing? Collect external feedback. Register on ReachOut website. Follow our webinars, newsletter and run your campaign. More.


Victoria Torres (UPV) explains in this podcast how the whole DevOps team will benefit from the DECODER smart environment. More.


FASTEN will present its innovative dependency management tool at SFScon in Italy and at the OW2 Community Day in Grenoble. More.

OW2 Community Notices


The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on Thursday December 17, at 9:30am CEST.



FOSDEM 2021, February 6-7, Online

FOSDEM 2021 will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2021 as an online event. More details coming soon.

European Big Data Value Forum, November 3-5, Berlin and virtual

The EBDVF is co-organized by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Commission (DG CNECT). The 2020 theme is “Building a strong European Data and AI Ecosystem”.


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