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Jun 28 2018

See you at Libre Software Meeting 2018?

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We will be speaking at the Libre Software Meeting 2018 (or RMLL), in Strasbourg, between the 7th and 12th of July. Our team of participating XWikiers, Clément Aubin, Ludovic Dubost and Anca Luca, will be discussing about building a customized knowledge base in minutes, tips and tricks to finance free software, CryptPad - the Zero Knowledge editor and Open Food Facts.

What is Libre Software Meeting?

Libre Software Meeting is a annual festival open to all, with this year's edition articulated around transdisciplinary tracks. The main track is "Digital education: captivity factory or new emancipation?". The meetings will be in form of talks, workshops, round tables, chatrooms, hackerspaces and creation.

Who will be there?

Clément Aubin

Clement is working at XWiki SAS as an Account Manager, while also being a student at the EISTI and at Grenoble Business School. He's been involved in the free and Open Source software world since 2015 when he joined a student organization named ATILLA, that promotes free and libre alternatives to proprietary solutions. Nowadays, most of his contributions to FOSS go into the development of the XWiki Open Source software, a great project in which he's been contributing for almost a year. Join his presentation, if you are interesting in learning how to build a customized knowledge base in minutes using XWiki.

Ludovic Dubost

Creator of XWiki and CEO of XWiki SAS, Ludovic has been the gentle organizer of the XWiki SAS company for 14 years. XWiki SAS leads the development of the XWiki Software used by thousands of organizations, including Amazon Inc. and helps companies and organizations all over the world organize, share, and collaborate on content. Advanced solutions have been developed to help companies manage support content, sales procedures and knowledge or build complete collaborative Intranets. He prepared two presentations for this occasion, one held on July 8th, at 11:30, regarding CryptPad, the Zero Knowledge software, supporting secure online collaboration, and a second one, on the same day, at 13:00, where you'll discover tips and tricks to finance free software.

Anca Luca

Passionate (web) programmer, open source & free software fan, member of the Open Food Facts community in her free time and working for the XWiki Open Source project as a job. In this talk, Open Food Facts: the wikipedia of food products, held on July 8, at 16:30, you will see how Open Food Facts leverages open source technologies such as Perl, MongoDB, Android, as well as the great power of communities to open data of public interest for health & science, as well as unforeseen applications in your daily life. Open Food Facts is developed and managed by a community of open source, open data and food enthusiasts and is organised as a non-profit association. 

Can I join?

Sure you can! Feel free to attend the meetings that attract you the most either from the ones prepared by our XWikiers or by checking the full schedule on the dedicated LSM page.

Practical information

The Libre Sotware Meeting 2018 will be held from 7 to 12 July at the University of Strasbourg, in France. The meetings included in the tracks start from 10:00 and end around 18:00 each day, with social events lasting until late at night.

Access to the LSM locations by means of public transportation:

  • Central Campus of the university of Strasbourg
    • Université
    • Observatoire
    • Esplanade
  • presqu'île André Malraux
    • Winston Churchill
    • Étoile Bourse

The locations for the meetings:

Jun 26 2018

Here is what you missed at the OW2 XWiki meetup

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At the beginning of the month, the 7th of June, we hosted a user meetup within the OW2 conference. It was a great occasion to see and meet people from the corporate and Open Source world interested in the use cases of XWiki. It was a private session, with about 12 people present, ranging from XWiki SAS clients as Joëlle Chaudouet (RTE France), Julien Karachehayas (DINSIC), Sonia El Gahli (M Publicité), to new XWiki users discovering the product. Moreover, part of the XWiki contributors have participated at the event: Vincent Massol, Adel Atallah, Stéphane Laurière, Ludovic Dubost and Clément Aubin. We would like to thank everyone for the interesting questions, feedback and dilemmas we shared. 

For this meetup, we had the pleasure to share impressions and "the scene" with Géraud Solignac and Denis Clairet from SNCF Mobilités. They have told the story of SNCF and XWiki with an accent on the use case in their maintenance centers across France. The presentation was followed by a demo of the actual platform, showing the specific functionalities developed by the XWiki SAS team. It led to a series of questions and discussions about the different cusomization capabilities of the platform that our client team could offer.

Vincent Massol, our CTO, took the lead and presented the top 10 new features in XWiki 9.X and 10.X, showcasing usage examples for each improvement. This evolved into another set of discussions regarding how new features are integrated into the platform, and how the new features that were presented could solve specific use cases. 

At the same event, our colleague, Cristina Roșu, has tackled the subject of GDPR compliance, the Right to be forgotten and Artificial Intelligence. You can watch her presentation below. 


Another talk that our team had was held by Caleb James Delisle showcasing security and integrity controls on CryptPad.

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Jun 19 2018

XWiki adds ONLYOFFICE Online Editors to its ecosystem

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XWiki SAS, the European Independent Libre Software Company building knowledge and collaboration software, and Ascensio System SIA, the Latvian home of ONLYOFFICE, are proud to announce a partnership to offer ONLYOFFICE Online Editors to the XWiki users. 

What does this mean for the XWiki users?

By installing the ONLYOFFICE Connector Application, users can perform all their editing tasks directly in XWiki, no longer having to switch between the editor and their collaboration software. Additionally, multiple users can collaborate in real time and push changes directly to XWiki.

Moreover, it will allow users to view, edit and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations within XWiki. The extension uses an ONLYOFFICE server and works with the following document formats DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPS/PPSX. Plus, users have the double benefit of professional support from XWiki, as well as the ONLYOFFICE team.

You can get the extension from the XWiki Store, or try it out directly from your wiki’s extension manager.

About ONLYOFFICE

ONLYOFFICE by Ascensio System SIA offers a powerful free and open source office suite that comprises online editors for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations highly compatible with Microsoft Office and OpenDocument file formats. ONLYOFFICE provides users with multiple styling and formatting tools and collaborative features like two co-editing modes, track changes, version history, commenting and in-built chat. That ensures an effective team collaboration and seamless work with complex formatting and objects within your browser.

May 24 2018

We’re hosting a XWiki Meetup on the 7th of June 2018

We’re hosting a XWiki Meetup at OW2 conference, in Paris, with talks from our clients at SNCF Mobilités (National Society of French Railroads), plus a talk from our CTO, Vincent Massol, about the latest development in XWiki 9.x and 10.x.

What is the XWiki Meetup?

The XWiki Meetup is a great opportunity to interact with the people developing XWiki and the ones that have chosen it for their information intelligence needs. Even more, we want to learn what future features you would like to see in XWiki, so we will launch a debate in which you can decide the future of XWiki. Exciting, isn't it?

Also, as the meetup it’s part of a larger event, you can meet lots of other interesting people and talks at the conference. See the full schedule here. OW2con'18 is the annual open source event bringing together the OW2 community, technology experts, software architects, IT project managers and decision-makers from around the world.

Where and when will it be?

The Meetup will take place on the 7th of June 2018 at Orange Gardens, in Paris-Châtillon, Room 3B-2-Giant 5 - Main Building. It will commence at 13:00 and end at around 15:00. 

Châtillon is located south of Paris (Google map). Please note that a photo ID and a nominative ticket for the event are necessary for accessing the Orange site.

Access to Orange Gardens Innovation Center by means of transportation: 

  • Bus: Line 388, from Paris Porte d'Orleans, Station République-Liberté (11 stops), then 110 m walking 
  • Metro: From Paris (center) Châtelet, Line 1 to Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (5 stops) then Line 13 to Châtillon Montrouge (12 stops), then 1.3 km (17 min) walking or take the T6 option
  • Option: T6 Tram at Châtillon-Montrouge to Châtillon Center (2 stops) then 600m walking to the Orange Gardens

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Who will be there?

A representative from SNCF Mobilités

In order to respond to the new needs one unit in the SNCF group, XWiki SAS migrated one of their knowledge bases from MediaWiki. This project involved the creation of new procedures for the platform's information management, a new blog, a new media library and PDF export.

As a whole, the project contributed to the establishment of a pleasant, manageable and secure platform for the diffusion of technical recommendations and an improvement of the productivity of maintenance agents.

Vincent Massol

Vincent is the CTO of XWiki SAS and an active committer of the XWiki open source project. Before being paid to work on open source he spent over 10 years working nights and week ends having fun on various open source projects (committer on Apache Maven, creator of Apache Cactus and Codehaus Cargo to name a few).

Vincent also co-authored 3 books: JUnit in Action , Maven: A Developer's Notebook and Better Builds with Maven. He's a regular speaker at IT and Java conferences and also a member of LesCastCodeurs podcast, a French podcast focusing on news in the Java world at large.

Can I come?

Sure you can! Just sign up using the OW2con'18 Registration Form (ticking the box "XWiki MeetUp") and let us know you’ll be coming!

See you on the 7th?

May 18 2018

How to update the color theme of your XWiki

We all know that the more aesthetically appealing something is, the more drawn we are to it. This is why an attractive theme that matches and acts as a complement to your brand or the subject of your data is key.

Here, at XWiki, we provide you with a number of great options in terms of look & feel and, recently, have launched five new color themes you can apply on top of the Flamingo Theme Application. These custom color themes were created by our Usability team and are offered for free to XWiki users.

Preview the five color themes below and take advantage of the quick installation guide right after them. We are also curious if you'll be up for the challenge we launch at the end of this article.

Snowdrop - provides a spring-inspired color theme with white and light green.

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Mandarin - provides a clean and fresh color theme with orange details.

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Cotton Candy - provides a colorful theme with a delicious palette.

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Dawn - provides a color theme that uses transparencies on top of a bordo background.

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Pantera - provides a dark color theme with yellow details.

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Your favorite can be easily installed using the Extension Manager (follow the link for the extended documentation). Here is the brief guide to installing a new color theme:

1. Go to the Administration Panel of your XWiki instance (upper right corner);

2. Select Extensions from the Global Administration: Home menu;

3. Select Extensions (Search for new extensions to add to the wiki) from the Global Administration: Extensions menu;

4. Search for the color theme you like (Cotton Candy, Dawn... );

5. Follow the installation instructions;

6. Go to Global Administration: Themes, select the Look & Feel menu;

7. In the Color Theme tab select the one you just installed and save.

Have fun using them and let us know if you have any feedback. 

In a future blog post we'll be talking about how you can create your own color theme, so we are looking for beautiful ones done by you. Let us know if you want to showcase your work and share it with our readers emoticon_wink 

Mar 26 2018

Our experience at Salon Intranet 2018

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Last week was a busy one, here at XWiki. We've attended Solutions Intranet - RSE & collaboratif where Ludovic had 4 talks on collaboration and the wiki culture. 

His first intervention was on "Voici les toutes dernières innovations participatives à connaître":

On the second day, we held an Atelier on "Amazon Inc. utilise XWiki, pourquoi pas vous ? Comment la culture Wiki et Open Source peut transformer votre entreprise !". Here is the presentation: 

We were happy to meet everyone that visited us. These three days have been a true pleasure, we have met incredible people and made new business friends.

Mar 20 2018

Let's meet at Salon Intranet 2018

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Starting with today, you can find us speaking and networking at Solution Intranet - RSE & collaboratif, happening in Paris, France. The event will take place at Porte de Versailles - Pavillon 4.2 from Tuesday, 20 (beginning with 14:00h) to Thursday 22nd of March 2018. You can find us at stand B52. The full schedule and list of stands are now available, and you can obtain a visitor's badge here

Today, Ludovic will be speaking at Voici les toutes dernières innovations participatives à connaître, from 17:30, in room Espace Topo. 

Tomorrow, on the 21st of March, in Salle Dumas - from 12:00 to 12:45 - we will organize an Atelier on the subject of Amazon Inc. utilise XWiki, pourquoi pas vous ? Comment la culture Wiki et Open Source peut transformer votre entreprise !.
From 15:00 to 16:15, in room Voltaire, Ludovic will intervene in the conference Intranet, performances business, transformation digitale ! Quelle valeur pour un intranet et la collaboration sociale ? Comment en faire le socle de la transformation stratégique et digitale ?.

On the 22nd of March, you will find Ludovic at the Accompagnement du changement et acculturation digitale ! Renforcer la culture digitale et inscrire la collaboration sociale dans les habitudes de travail ! conference, in room Voltaire. 

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. 

Feb 16 2018

Learn how Amazon uses XWiki for over a year

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It has been a year since Amazon has chosen XWiki as its next generation internal Wiki platform for documentation and collaboration. Now, 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. 

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Our solution was picked after the team at Amazon evaluated multiple wiki solutions. Some of the specific features that made XWiki stand out to Amazon are: 

  • easy to use WYSIWYG and source editor, 
  • vast array of templates and macros, 
  • comments and annotations, 
  • image uploads by drag and drop, 
  • and permissions and tagging.

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Amazon found XWiki's source code to be well organized, tested for quality and modularized enabling Amazon engineers to build customized solutions such as integrating the platform with AWS services like EC2, S3 and RDS. Our team 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.

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We're very happy to count Amazon as a XWiki user, validating all the efforts we spent over the past 14 years at making XWiki an open and performant platform that can be adapted to any use case.

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

Feb 09 2018

At XWiki, we're breaking records

In over 14 years of experience we've learned that hard work pays off. This week, we received the biggest reward we could have received from you, our users: an incredible increase of XWiki installs and instances activity.

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We are proud to announce that our product's install rate is beating our all-time records: a 50% increase compared with the same period of 2017, and a staggering 100% increase when compared with February 2016. We had 1273 installed XWiki instances this week, and there is still the weekend to count. How cool is that?

And there’s more: installs are not the only metric on the rise: activity after 1 day has proportionally grown, offering another record: 296 active installs. Even more, we estimate that activity after 10 days will increase significantly, meaning that all our work put into improving XWiki convinced you to enjoy it even more. This only adds up to our steady growth from the beginning of XWiki, both in terms of installs and services provided.

We would like to thank everyone involved in developing, testing, improving and promoting XWiki in the last years, for all the work: your efforts are appreciated. 

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Of course, it would be great if some these trials would become business, but for now we will keep working to make XWiki the tool you choose every time. 

Thank you for trusting us and enjoying XWiki.
- The XWiki team 

Feb 08 2018

XWiki at FOSDEM 2018: the experience and presentations

XWiki's 2018 Events Season started with the participation at FOSDEM, the biggest free Open Source event in Europe, where communities can meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The XWiki SAS team, from both the Paris and Iasi offices, was present for 2 days in Brussels, between February 3rd and 4th. We participated with presentations in six different tracks, tackling different hot subject from new features, compatibility and integration with other tools and services, lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research and development, legal issues and Artificial Intelligence.

During this event we shared the stand called Wikis and CMS with our friends from Tiki and WikiSuite. We are very happy to have shared ideas, plans for the future and the promise to meet again with the other Open Source communities. The official number of attendees is still unknown, but we must say it was a great year - we talked to a lot of people about XWiki and gave away almost all our goodies. 

Our first presentation was by Vincent Massol, who talked about advanced testing practices used by the XWiki open source project, and using Java, Maven, Docker and Jenkins. You can check his presentation here:

He was soon followed by Ludovic Dubost presenting XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests based on 14 years of Open Source in a small company. The presentation focused on how XWiki SAS has been able to build XWiki as Open Source, and also launch the CryptPad project, while keeping an honest open community and a fair Open Source model. 

Another interesting talk from Vincent was answering the question: What if there was a way to have long tail apps developed and working in just a few minutes? He demonstrated how a next generation wiki platform allows to do just that by using the XWiki open source project. See his presentation below: 

Were you ever curious about Open Source Projects and how they live without being bought? XWiki has been able to self finance writing Open Source code and sharing it with the community for 14 years now. Ludovic Dubost has shared what worked and what didn't, what went easy and was proven to be difficult, what is tricky in keeping the Open spirit and what is miraculous about the journey!

When we're not all about code and the product, our colleagues debate tough subjects like Artificial Intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten. Tune in to see Cristina Rosu tackle the subject from all perspectives: concept, juridical nature, doctrine debates regarding this notion and also how does it interfere with artificial intelligence. 

Software platforms need to be highly extensible and customizable, since developers need to build on top of them and provide the best experience for users. Some users put more focus on the styling and visual aspect of their customization, others need it to be highly accessible or responsive, while others just like to have diversity in their choices. Ecaterina Moraru deals with all of them and shares from her experience below: 

Caleb James DeLisle's talk presented the encryption and key-management model, the sandboxing architecture which prevents a majority of CryptPad code from accessing the secret keys and some research into a solution to prevent backdoors in the javascript sent from the server. You can also learn how to reuse the CryptPad architecture (and source code) in developing other security/privacy conscious webapps if you play the video until the end: 

All in all, it was an excellent year for XWiki at FOSDEM and we're looking forward to returning in Brussels. See you in 2019?