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Blog posts for January 2011

Happy New Year!

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L10N reaches 50000 contributions! Join us!

The XWiki ecosystem includes several projects. To enable as many people as possible to use our solutions in optimal conditions, it is essential to provide them translated and adapted interfaces. Therefore, a site dedicated to the translation has been created

The site is collaborative. Everyone can contribute, depending on her time and according to the language(s) she masters. XWiki is already available in over 24 languages (French and English of course, but also Romanian, Spanish, Italian, German and many others), yet some versions still need to be completed

Any language missing? You can easily add it. 

The site has now more than 50,000 contributions. Thank you to all our contributors! If you also want to help, here's how you can do that:

And if you wonder why it would be nice to participate in the localization of XWiki solutions, here are some arguments that could convince you:

  • you can use XWiki in your language 
  • you can join a dynamic and friendly community
  • you can learn to work as a team 
  • you can exchange and discuss with cool people 
  • you can contribute to the success of an open source software 

Open Source - Open World (infographic)

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Our CEO's (Ludovic Dubost) take:

This image is interesting as it shows a state of open source and the fact that it is continuously spreading.

Open source is knowledge and nothing in this world can stop knowledge from spreading. This is why we see open source more and more everywhere in our lives.

There are a few non precise things in this document:

  • the mobile part is from 2008 and does not yet have Android which is rapidly gaining market share;
  • the business part is a bit too much focus the "sale value" of some open source companies. This is a bit typical from demonstrating power by showing some financial information that makes the news. The reality of open source business is that it's strongest part is actually not the most visible part. There is open source business everywhere from small companies to large service companies that have an open source entity, to inside the user companies that pay people to implement open source. 

This actually bring us to the subject of "being paid to develop software". Interestingly this graphic mentions Bill Gates "Open Letter to Hobbyists" written in 1976 where Bill Gates complains about Altair users stealing his Basic Software and that developers need to be paid to write software.

It's interesting to note that it is very probable that the stealing of Bill Gates software at the time contribute significantly to his reputation and therefore to his future success once he found out the right distribution to make money. Secondly it's quite interesting to see that there are many developers today that like to write good software if not without pay, at least making less money so that their software is shared as much as possible. Now a big share of open source software writers are actually being paid (although some people tend to thing it's not happening), it's just that they have a different revenue model than selling the software itself. They make themselves knows for the software they write and then sell support, services or implementation and sometime even code that goes in the software itself.

What counts, wether you want to be paid upfront or not, is that you find a good model for your software to be successful. What we see is that more and more open source software is spreading more and mode. This is because once the open source software found a sustainable financing model, it's "open source" nature allows it to spread everywhere much more easily, especially when modifications to the software are needed.

It's great to see that the open source concepts popularized in software are also spreading to other domains.

Ludovic Dubost

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Cloud computing predictions for 2011: a compilation

It's time for predictions. We are now in 2011! emoticon_smile What’s to come for the Cloud computing? We have compiled 6 cloud computing predictions lists that concern the market and its maturity, the service providers and the users. The predictions are mainly about the security, the standards and the mobility.

Cloud Predictions For 2011: Gains From Early Experiences Come Alive (Forrester)

  • And The Empowered Shall Lead Us.
  • You will build a private cloud, and it will fail.
  • Hosted private clouds will outnumber internal clouds 3:1.
  • Community clouds will arrive, thank to compliance. 
  • Workstation applications will bring HPC to the masses. 
  • Cloud economics gets switched on. Being cheap is good. 
  • The BI gap will widen.
  • Information is power and a new profit center. 
  • Cloud standards still won’t be here — get over it. 
  • Cloud security will be proven but not by the providers alone. 

Cloud Computing: 2011 Predictions (CIO)

Cloud Service Providers

  • The CSP business explodes...and then implodes. 
  • Market Segmentation via Customer Self-Selection. 
  • OpenStack will come into its own. 
  • Cloud computing takes off in emerging economies. 
  • Continued rapid innovation by CSPs and SaaS companies. 

Users

  • Focus on cost and transparency. 
  • More public/private cloud confusion. 
  • More hybrid cloud confusion.
  • Application architecture challenges.
  • IT operations challenges.

Cloud-computing predictions for 2011 (CNET)

  • Less focus on definitions (and dare we say hype?).
  • Getting down to work.
  • "Standards" still won't be.
  • Acquisitions of start-ups will continue apace. 
  • More nuance in security discussions. 

2011 Cloud Computing Predictions For CIO’s And Business Technology Leaders (Forbes)

  • Cloud Adopters Embrace Cloud For Both Innovation and Legacy Optimization.
  • General Trends Reflect Natural Maturation Of The Cloud Market.
  • SaaS (Consumption Layer) Emerges As The Primary Access To Innovation.
  • DaaS (Creation Layer) Addresses the App Dev Needs Of The Advanced Customer.
  • PaaS (Orchestration Layer) Focuses On Simplifying Connectivity And Delivering New Technologies.
  • IaaS (Infrastructure Layer) Aims To Reduce Complexity And Simplify Management.
  • The Bottom Line: Cloud Adoption Provides A Path To The Next Generation Enterprise.

Cloud Computing: 11 Expert Predictions for Cloud IT in 2011 (eWeek)

  • Mix of on-premise, cloud resources becomes norms.
  • VMware to face new challenges.
  • Consumer IT moves from virtual to real world.
  • More data than ever floods networks.
  • Cloud security takes a leap forward.
  • Saas goes mobile.
  • Cloud brings newrisk factors.
  • Cloud data protection is job one.
  • Enterprises continue to move from cloud concept to production.
  • Windows 7 migration continues upswing.
  • IT goes social in global small business.

Top 5 Predictions on Cloud Computing for 2011 (DoubleCloud)

  • The focus of cloud computing will gradually shift from IaaS to PaaS.
  • Many more mergers and acquisitions (M&As) will take place
  • Virtualization will continue to play a pivotal role in transforming IT infrastructure.
  • Cloud and mobile computing will cross-empower each other.
  • Customers will demand cloud interoperability and portability.

XWiki SAS launches XWiki Cloud, a collaborative platform in the cloud and 100% Open

XWiki SAS, a leading provider of collaboration solutions, launches today its newest offer: the XWiki Cloud. This offer is for anyone who wishes to quickly and simply deploy a wiki that responds to business needs, while enjoying total freedom (Open Cloud).

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Paris, January 24th, 2011

The XWiki SAS enterprise wiki solution meets the needs of professionals in terms of collaboration, content management and flexibility. In order to answer the growing needs of companies and policymakers in Cloud Computing (particularly in terms of security, integration and responsiveness), XWiki SAS is making the solution available in SaaS mode.

XWiki Cloud is an "all-in-one" offer, easy to take over: no need to acquire, install or manage IT infrastructure that affects the implementation time. Hosting, support and updates are included at no extra cost.

XWiki Cloud offers all the advantages of Cloud Computing (cost, reliability, simplified administration, availability 24/24 and 7/7 ...) and also provides the freedom organizations are looking for. This means companies will benefit both in terms of changes in their workspaces (the XWiki Cloud platform allows custom developments, like applications) and from the level of ownership of data and information (each company is free to export their data).

But the main advantage of XWiki Cloud is the fact that it enables organizations to start "small" and then grow their projects for a service or even the entire enterprise, with no difficulty or delay in deployment.

Pricing and availability

  • Sign in and test XWiki Cloud (in beta version and in English only, for the moment) for free (up to 10 users, for the first 6 months)
  • Then, for only 5€ per user per month you will continue benefiting from the best of content collaboration and related services on-demand.

About XWiki SAS

XWiki SAS is a company created in 2004 whose founding members initiated the XWiki Open Source community. It aims to provide a range of professional services for the XWiki software, which is under the LGPL licence. These services are targeted primarily to organizations and communities seeking to allow their users to work better together, and drive their wiki at a higher level of performance. Recently, XWiki was a candidate in the French call for projects "Innovating Web" with the project Wiki 3.0 and received an award at the Demo Cup. It is also one of the 10 successful French enterprises in open source (L'Informaticien, n° 68). XWiki has today over 100 customer references and thousands of business users in France and worldwide. 

For more information, please contact Emilie Ogez by mail at Emilie.Ogez@xwiki.com or visit the web site http://www.xwiki.com.

Are you going to FOSDEM? XWiki, yes!

Some people from XWiki SAS will be at FOSDEM again this year! FOSDEM is the biggest free and non-commercial event organized by and for the community. They will mostly be attending talks but also meetup with members of the open source community. Want to discuss with them, leave a comment. emoticon_wink

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

And don't miss the talk of Anca (Luca), on 6th February, from 14:40 to 14:55 PM, Anca Luca, on annotations : "XWiki: Annotating documents, the eXtensible wiki way".

Here is a summary: Since version 2.3, XWiki integrates document annotations in its collaborative environment (http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Extension/Annotations+Application). This talk will focus on the implementation of the annotation feature, with the challenges that an eXtensible wiki implies: handling user collaboration on documents and annotations, annotating dynamically generated content, flexible annotations structure to allow customization. As a default XWiki feature, it allows users to add notes on all types of content, plain unstructured documents or structured documents. It is also used in the Scribo project (http://www.scribo.ws) to manipulate automatic semantic annotations on wiki documents and collaboration around them. Since a demo is worth a thousand words, the presentation will center upon showing all these at work.

For your information, it's totally free and no registration is necessary.