September 2015 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - September 2015 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

Last month, I wrote about users who are vocal about open source software without actually participating, thus depriving themselves of some key advantages. I recently came across a large local administration, a keen user of open source software and an active contributor, whose example serves to illustrate the exact opposite. Oddly enough, this user does not relish going public, for example in the press or at conferences, for fear of damaging their relationship with well-known proprietary software vendors. Apparently, this risk is a stronger driver than the potential gains to be derived from contributing to an environment where like-minded users participate in a mutually beneficial exchange with peers. While this provides a typical case in terms of behavioral economics, it is regrettably the expression of latent FUD exercised by dominant players.

On another note, I am very pleased to introduce our new CTO, Stéphane Laurière. Operating out of the Paris area, Stéphane has long-standing experience in software R&D management and open source software.

Please check out the events OW2 will participate in over the next few months. Plan to attend the OW2 programming contest award conference in Tianjin in October, if you are in China, and save the dates, November 16-19, for OW2con'15 and the Paris Open Source Summit (POSS).

I am also delighted to announce that Associação (ASL), Brazil's most prominent open source association and the organizer of FISL, Latin America's largest open source event, has become an associate organization of OW2. We look forward to exploring cooperation opportunities with them, starting with the participation of the city of Porto Alegre in the OSS in Big Cities session we are organizing at POSS.

Thanking you for your contributions and 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

>Project News

>Project Updates

 02 Sep 15: XWiki 6.4.5 Released (Posted by: evalica)
 02 Sep 15: XWiki 7.2 Milestone 3 Released (Posted by: mflorea)
 17 Aug 15: XWiki 7.1.2 Released (Posted by: tmortagne)
 08 Aug 15: XWiki 7.2 Milestone 2 Released (Posted by: vmassol)

>Community News

OW2 Programming Contest 2015

Programming contestants are now invited to submit their weekly reports. The award conference will take place on October 15-16 at Tianjin University. Check out sponsoring opportunities at the OW2 programming contest award conference here.

ICT 2015, October 20-22, Lisbon

OW2 and the AppHub team will take part ICT 2015. Message to EU-funded project coordinators: take this opportunity to meet the people behind the European Open Source Market Place. More

CLASS Conference, Nov. 5-6, Bled, Slovenia

OW2 TC Chair Jean Parpaillon and CEO Cédric Thomas will give presentations at CLASS (Cloud Services in Europe) 2015 on OCCIware & AppHub projects. More.

Cloud Plugfest, November 16-17, Paris

Learn about cloud standards and improve the interoperability of your project. Join the OCCIware team and attend hands-on sessions on protocols such as OCCI (OGF), TOSCA (OASIS) and CDMI (SNIA). More.

OW2con'15, Nov. 17-18, Paris

The CFP deadline was extended to September 15. Project Leaders: last chance to submit your proposals here! Sponsors: check out the OW2con'15 sponsorship proposal here.

Paris Open Source Summit, November 18-19, Paris

OW2 is coordinating the international sessions: Community Summit, European Collaborative Innovation, Local government and Open Source, and two Invited Country sessions. And plan to visit the OW2 community booth on the exhibition floor! More

OW2 Webinars

OW2 Project Leaders: do not miss a great opportunity to afford visibility to your project. Register your webinar and use the Youtube replay in your communications. Please check out the dates and book your slot now. More

OW2 Community Notices

Board meeting: The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held by webconference on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.


AppHub SQuAT Fest, December 7-8, Brussels

AppHub will be fully launched at the AppHub SQuAT Fest. Organized in Brussels and supported by DG-CONNECT, this event is aimed t introducing our SQuAT tools to help improve the quality of the projects to be showcased on AppHub.

Cloud Expo Europe, April 12-13, London

Next Cloud Expo Europe will be held in April 12-13, 2016. Save the date. Once again, OW2 is involved in running the Open Cloud Developer Park and its conference program. We are also setting up an OW2 exhibition space within the Park. Please contact us if you are interested. This is a great visibility opportunity for our members.