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Feb 10 2017

Why XWiki loved it at FOSDEM'17?

This past weekend, 4 and 5 February, Université Libre de Bruxelles was the place to be for the large free software community, gathered under the umbrella of the best European Open Source event: FOSDEM. Just like the years before, the event was a hit, bringing together the love for Open Source, belgian fries and, of course, local beers.

If you haven't attended FOSDEM before, the magnitude of the event can overwhelm you: 645 lectures, 8000+ hackers, 610 speakers, 669 events, and 55 tracks, around 70 company booths and countless Twitter posts. Just like one attendant wisely said: "It's a week long computer conference that takes place in one weekend.".

Then, there's the quality of the people attending and the knowledge gathered in the same campus. Keynote speakers like Brandon Philips, Stefano Zacchiroli, Roberto Di Cosmo, Bradley M. Kuhn and Gerolf Ziegenhain took over the stage on the two days of the event.

On Sunday, Ludovic, our CEO, raised awareness on the advantages and powerful advanced features of XWiki, and what makes it a competitive solution to Confluence or Microsoft Sharepoint.

You can enjoy his slides here and, below, this cool interview he gave to the Hacker Public Radio. 

At the same time, our colleague, Ecaterina, was hosting a very interesting Open source Design panel. It was a full-house dynamic talk that everyone enjoyed, as you can see below.

The Wikis and CMS stand is growing to be a tradition for XWiki. This year we were neighbors with Jenkins and TikiWiki, and we must say, it was a pleasure to have such neighbours. Yet, we did not have the chance to enjoy their company too much, as our stands were very busy with people willing to learn more about us. We loved sharing knowledge on XWiki, CryptPad and our commitment to the Open Source community. After many interactions, demos and pitches, we can say the XWiki brand awareness increased substantially, and as usual, the operation “Tweet for #XWiki goodies” was a total success. 

The XWiki team was proudly represented by 9 (out of 40) members of our team, and even though we did not manage to sync for a group photo (someone had to be at the stand, obviously), we happily attended this great event. We also thought of sharing a few of the talks we attended and found interesting, with videos included: Matthew Hodgson's Encrypting Matrix talk, the talks from the decentralisation room, Brabo Silvius' Frosted Embedded POSIX OS talk, Steffen Evers' On the way to a FOSS Platform for Cloud Based IoT Solutions talk and, of course, everything that went on in the design room. 

On behalf of XWiki, a round of applause goes out to the organizing and volunteers team, the ones that have made this event a success. And on this note, we are more than excited to announce our presence for FOSDEM 2018. Who else will join us?

Alina Luchian
Content Marketing Specialist @XWiki

Jan 31 2017

Amazon has chosen XWiki for its collaboration platform

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The whole XWiki team is proud to welcome Amazon as a new XWiki SAS client!

Amazon has chosen XWiki as its next generation internal Wiki platform for documentation and collaboration.

It is being used by nearly 20,000 active users, mostly in engineering and product teams, as a collaborative knowledge sharing and documentation platform.


“At Amazon, we have been using wikis for many years. Wikis stimulate collaboration and sharing of information across teams and avoid information from getting lost in long email threads or file servers. We selected XWiki for its latest documentation features, its capacity to handle millions of pages, it’s capabilities to build custom modifications and its thriving developer community”, said the engineering manager of Amazon’s Wiki team.


XWiki SAS provided Amazon with training, support and development services to help launch the platform in the company. Amazon sponsored the development of key features including hierarchical pages, scripting rights and CKEditor integration in the open-source version of the platform.

If you want to know more about this project,download the business case.

Jan 27 2017

XWiki's FOSDEM participation announcement

We are pleased to announce that, in less than a week, we will be attending, speaking and networking at FOSDEM 2017, in Brussels. 

The event will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2017. You can find us at zone K, level 2, booth 6 - "Wikis and CMS" - between the booths of Jenkins and OpenNMS. The full schedule and list of stands are now available. The entry, just like any other year, is free and registration is not required.  

On our behalf, Ludovic will tackle the subject of collaboration tools, between open source and closed source, with an in-depth comparison of such tools, in a Lightning Talk on Sunday, between 11:40 and 11:55, room 2215 (Ferrer). 

Also, Ecaterina will disseminate the complex mission of designers in Open Source, specifically the matter of design feedback in these communities. You can enjoy her group talk Sunday, between 12:10 and 12:50, in room AW1.121 and from 16:55 to 17:00 in the Closing remarks for the Open Source Design room. 

Looking forward to meeting you all and answer all the questions you might have about XWiki, CryptPad or our community. Until then, follow us on Twitter (XWiki and CryptPad) where we will keep you up-to-date with our latest developments. 

Jul 12 2016

Open source. One step closer to a global standard.

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Original image created by TUBS

The world is actively turning to open-source solutions, a study shows, as 78% of the private companies run partially or integrally on open-source software. When it comes to governments and state-owned enterprises, the story is a bit different. Four economically powerful countries are known to strongly back the open source development, while others are simply implementing free solutions as a way to cut down costs. 

It all started back in 2006, when France was among the first nations worldwide to implement open source solutions as an alternative to paid software intended to be used by the government. The French government went a step further than making Paris an open source software hub. They implemented the concept in public administration and the educational system.

Ten years later, the Bulgarian Government made a surprising move and became the first country to pass a law that forces all software intended to be used by the administrative bodies to be developed based on a FOSS (free and open source software) license. This came up as an effort from the government to be more sensitive regarding public expenses and foresee any potential threats linked to the numerous vulnerabilities found after the expiration of the support contract. Moreover, “whatever custom software the government procures will be visible and accessible to everyone. After all, it’s paid by taxpayers’ money and they should both be able to see it and benefit from it.”, the Bulgarian PM’s advisor, Bozhidar Bozhanov said.

This action has been described as a bold and questionable move by both security experts and the software community. What could have been perceived before as a security threat by exposing the source code behind a government software, today is seen as a way to protect against outside threats by allowing security experts to search for vulnerabilities and report them before someone could take advantage of. Another decisive fact that supported the passing of this law through the Parliament consists in the low costs of maintenance and support. Think about Bulgaria as the 3rd country in the world in terms of certified IT professionals per capita, experiencing a tremendous 30% yearly increase and you can imagine how accessible it is to let the open source community help you develop a national software. 

On the other hand, the skeptical people could say that Bulgaria will be forced by the newly promulgated law to make available any custom code, now a matter of national security, if funded by the taxpayers’ money, but this was something the government has predicted. The list of exceptions include any FOSS intended to be used by basically any government agency related to national security.

By taking this decision, Bulgaria has pushed the open-source concept one step closer to being implemented worldwide, as a standard and not as a niche idea, eventually becoming a commonly perceived practice. Well done, Bulgaria!

George Nikolic
Marketing Specialist @ XWiki

Oct 19 2015

Who are the leaders for the digital transformation in enterprises?

It's no secret that technological developments are impacting our workplace nowadays.
However, they are not as fast as one might think.

Whether it gets stuck in the budget or just on the ability of a company to identify the person or people responsible for these internal developments, it is clear that there is a significant gap between technological advances and their arrival in the enterprise. ...

Oct 16 2015

Top 250 Syntec Numerique 2015

The results of the 5th Panorama Top 250 of the French software publishers and creators have been published!

XWiki SAS is ranked 255th overall (we hope to be in the Top 250 next year) and 115th in its category, "Horizontal" publishers proposing a general offer to all the sectors of activity. ...

Oct 09 2015

Safe Harbor is dead! What's next?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided to strike down the "Safe Harbor", a key legal principle that had enabled U.S. web giants (Google, Facebook and Apple) who operate in the European Union to store and manipulate the personal data of people living there.

The "Safe Harbor" was the result of an agreement from the July 26, 2000 in which the European Commission considered that the countries who signed the agreement, agreed to a level of protection in accordance with the European standards of personal data for the EU citizens.

But the Snowden case has changed everything. The massive NSA spying of the European citizen's data is a violation of the agreement, causing its end in the ruling of the CJEU. ...

Apr 16 2014

XWiki SAS completes the acquisition of Nearbee!

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XWiki SAS has acquired the main assets of Nearbee and part of its product development team.

Founded in 2007, Nearbee is specialized in cloud services for businesses, providing vertical solutions to respond to large core activity needs. The solutions offered by Nearbee are based on the XWiki Enterprise technology, which makes it perfect for the integration in XWiki SAS.

"The acquisition of this business will further strengthen XWiki SAS’s service offers to our customers." said Ludovic Dubost, the president and founder of XWiki SAS. 

To continue its fast development, XWiki SAS acquired Nearbee's key assets in early 2014.

What does this acquisition mean for XWiki?

New solutions will soon be available for our clients: Some of Nearbee's features and solutions will be integrated in our catalog. In particular, the "Franchise" and "E-learning" solutions will very soon be a part of the solutions proposed by XWiki SAS.

Our teams are currently adapting and integrating these solutions into our service catalog.

XWiki SAS, an increasingly international company

Our team is growing: we opened a subsidiary in Algeria to host Nearbee's technical experts. Six IT engineers, most of them very experienced (with over five years of development experience on the XWiki Enterprise technology), have joined our teams. They are accompanied by Nearbee's technical support manager. 

XWiki SAS has now a new office on a new continent, bringing the number of locations to three: Paris (France), Iasi (Romania) and Algiers (Algeria).

An expanded customer portfolio

In addition to the technology and Nearbee employees, we also get part of the company's client portfolio. More than a dozen of Nearbee's customers have already joined the XWiki SAS adventure and we hope that many others will also join us soon. 

XWiki SAS makes a lot of effort to ensure a seamless service continuity for customers who have already made ​​the transition to our services.

About XWiki SAS

XWiki SAS was founded in 2004 to help organizations to better organize their information. 

We are the main sponsor of the XWiki Enterprise Open Source software. The latest release of XE is the 5.4.4 version. This version brings many improvements and new features to our customers and our users in 2014! 

Among the latest improvements, XWiki Enterprise now allows you to open wikis on demand and easily install apps straight from the wiki. Discover the XWiki Enterprise software.

Dec 13 2013

XWiki 10 Years

Happy 10 years XWiki !

10 years ago, in 2003, after a few weeks of experimenting to create XWiki, the first commit of XWiki was done on December 15th.
This started the longest ride of my professional career which is still ongoing.

With the help of all employees in France and Romania (and in some other places around the world), of all our customers, of all our users and contributors, also of some friends and people we met during all these years, we have brought XWiki to a place I'm really proud of.

I won't go much into all the progress and all the things we achieved in these 10 years (you can find a glimpse of it from the beginning of this year on our blog and on our Timeline page.
It's been a lot of sweat and a lot of efforts with some downtimes but way more uptimes and great moments. The result is worth every one of it.

I want thank all the people that helped us during this ride. We would not be there without you.

I will also look forward to see all the great things we can achieve in the next 10 years.

During our party yesterday, we wrote a bit (with humor) on our board where XWiki would be in 10 years. See the result:

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Thanks also to our organizers of the parties in Paris and Iasi, particularly Benjamin, Diana, Miruna, Moncef and thanks to all our visitors that came share this important moment with us.


Ludovic

Jun 01 2009

First blog post

This is your wiki's blog first post. Its goal is to provide a short description of your blog's main features.

  • You can create new blog posts through the input field located on your Blog's homepage. The status of a blog post may be any one of the following:
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    • Published & hidden: your post is published but only its creator and admins can see it. This is useful if you need to make modifications on a post that has already been published by mistake.
  • Every blog article can be tagged and/or categorized:
    • You will be able to browse posts by category using the panel located on the left of the page
    • You can create new categories and subcategories when creating a new post
    • The use of tags allows your article to be found by browsing your wiki's tags, along with any other wiki document
  • Blog-specific panels are available on the left of your blog page:
    • The recent posts lists the most recent entries to any visitor of the blog
    • The unpublished panel lists the blog posts you created, but didn't yet publish
    • The categories panel lets you browse blog posts listed by category and subcategory
    • The archive panel lets you browse blog posts by publication date

Happy blogging!