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Mar 07 2017

GSoC participation guide

Yes, you've heard it well: we've been selected as a Mentor Organisation for Google's Summer of Code 2017. It has been a tough competition, with only 201 out of 400 organisations being accepted, therefore our tradition of working with GSoC will not be altered. 

Interested in participating as a student? GSoC will begin accepting student applications on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 16:00 UTC and the deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017 at 16:00 UTC.

How does the program work?

Choose a project
Go find a project of your choice and don’t get biased to languages you know. You can get working knowledge of any language in a week or so.

The strength of any open source project is its community. Go, ask people: “How can I contribute?” or “Where to start?”. And do participate in conversations on bugs, features or anything.

Make regular contributions. May it be code style fixes, documentation, bug fixes or a new feature, but make sure, you have first contribution within 2 weeks from today and at least 1 contribution per week after that.

Help Others
Do help others. You develop yourself when you answer queries. More you help, more you learn.

How to find project/organisation?

Checkout selected organisations. Such organisations have their page for SoC or list of projects. 

Or, you can browse projects accepted in 2016, and some of these project are stages of a larger goal. If any project have future plans, then you can work on such project and take it to GSoC’17.

How to choose an organisation?

Choose an organisation that matches your interest. (example: If I like machine learning, I’ll choose CERN or mlpack. If I like networks, I’ll choose nmap or Ceph). Language should have very less saying while choosing project/organisation.

How to get source code?

You will find most projects’ use git. So, you can find them on Github, Bitbucket or Gitlab. Almost all project wikis have guidelines to install, test and contribute.

Save the Dates:

March 20, 2017 - April 3, 2017 

Students can register and submit their applications to mentor organizations.

May 4, 2017

Accepted students are announced and paired with a mentor. Full list of mentors here.

May 30, 2017 - August 21, 2017

Students code the summer away.

September 6, 2017 

All students who pass the program are announced.

So, who are we meeting this year? 

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 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. 

Oct 31 2016

XWiki at PhD Talent 2016

2016 could not pass without XWiki participating to the PhD Talent event!

On Friday, October 21st, part of the XWiki team attended enthusiastically the 2016 edition of the event! 4 XWikiers: Caleb and Aaron from the Research team and Diana and Cristina were present at Le CENTQUATRE-Paris, met and discussed with the PhD students and graduates with different backgrounds. 

The discussions focused around the Open Source values and principles, around XWiki and the opportunities inside our Research team: R&D Engineer and Junior R&D Engineer, as well as around the PhD students and graduates background and professional paths.


We were happy to meet such great persons! Thanks to the ones that came and discussed with us and, of course, to the organisers for the event!

Oct 17 2016

Open Source Summit 2016

XWiki SAS will participate to the Paris Open Source Summit 2016 edition, from the 16th to the 17th of November at "Dock Pullman", La Plaine Saint Denis, France. 

XWiki SAS's booth will be located in the OW2 Village in C18-D19. You are welcomed to join and meet our team here, wether you want to talk about Open Source or get a demo of the latest version of XWiki Enterprise. ...

Sep 13 2016

XWiki SAS will participate to OW2con 2016

OW2con'16 Annual conference : Code to Product

XWiki SAS will participate to OW2con 2016 which will take place in Mozilla's french headquarters, the 21st and 22nd of september.
Held for the eighth consecutive year, OW2con is the annual community event that brings together the OW2 community and technology experts, software architects, IT developers, project managers and decision-makers from all around the world.
This year's conference theme is "Code to Product". ...

Feb 05 2016

My first FOSDEM experience

Last weekend (January 30- January 31) I attended FOSDEM with my XWiki colleagues. As you well know it took place in Brussels (Belgium), no attendance fee or registration was needed. 

It was interesting to meet many Open Source communities which may be different but have the same goal: collaborate and share information.

There were lots of conferences you could choose, starting from less technical ones to highly technical sessions. So you could definitely find a presentation that arouses your curiosity. ...

Fosdem 2016: from behind the stand table

This year was a special year at Fosdem because, although I've been going to Fosdem for about 7 years or so, it was the first year that XWiki managed to be in the stands row, sharing tables in K building with other wiki and CMS projects: DokuWiki and

So this year I've seen the Fosdem crowd from a different angle than usual, from behind the stands table, showing the XWiki software to people, explaining what it does and how it can help them. ...

Jan 22 2016

XWiki at FOSDEM 2016 !

Hello everyone! Remember FOSDEM? That big free event which every year gathers thousands of developers of free and open source software from all over the world in Brussels? This year will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of January 2016.


The XWiki team members will be there as speakers, as representatives at the stand or as attendances, ready to meet and share ideas with you

On Saturday, 30th of January, you will have the opportunity to meet our colleagues, Ecaterina Moraru, Interaction Designer @ XWiki and Caleb James DeLisle, Research and Developer Engineer and Team Manager @ XWiki, speakers at the FOSDEM event:

Take a quick glance at the summary of the presentations!

  • Peer to Peer Realtime with Blockchains:
    "Most realtime collaborative editors make use of a class of algorithms known as Operational Transformation. Most of these algorithms require that the server and the client run the same algorithm otherwise risk desynchronisation - the nightmare of realtime collaboration algorithm designers. I will propose a new method of finding consensus using a blockchain of the type originated in bitcoin. This algorithm uses the blockchain to find consensus on the state of the collaborative document or data-structure then applies the Operational Transformation on the client side without requiring any help from the server. Such a setup simplifies the server side, allowing multiple implementations of the server, for example in different programming languages, but it also allows the client-side to use encryption in order to keep the data secret from the server. Finally, I will propose an extension to this algorithm which, borrowing again from bitcoin, makes the system able to function purely as a peer-to-peer system, providing high resilience and greater security." (Caleb DeLisle)
  • Designer's compromises in Open Source:
    "We might need a designer to provide a clear vision and solve everything we couldn't agree upon. Also the designer might expect to be warmly welcomed inside Open Source projects, but the reality can be a bit different. We always have expectations on how the designer - community interaction should be, but in order to have a successful collaboration we need compromises, sometimes from the designer's part, other times from the community members.
    If we were to ask someone if Open Source communities need designers, the answer would be 'YES'. But do we know what it means to have a designer among us? What will he do? For how long? How true can he stay to his predefined design process? Are all the design stages relevant in Open Source? How open the artefacts he creates need to be? With what type of tools?
    We all have an image in our head about the type of designer we need for our community, but how much of that image corresponds to our real needs and with the designer's reality and expectations?
    In order to integrate in an Open Source community, a designer might need to revoke his design 'purity' and make some compromises, like doing a bit of development for example. Does working in a free or open environment mean that the work needs to follow the same rules? What is preferred: creativity or consistency? Does the designer have the final decision?
    Working in an utopian environment doesn't mean that we don't do compromises. So, how much do we compromise?"
    (Ecaterina Moraru)

During the two days of the event, the XWiki team members will be present also at the stand called Wikis and CMS, stand number 5, located at K (level 2) happy to discuss about the XWiki Open Source community, about the company and team.

The 2016 edition has to not be missed! There is no attendance fee and no registration is needed. Come meet us there!

Oct 28 2015

The XWiki SAS program at the Open Source Summit 2015

XWiki SAS will participate to the Open Source Summit 2015 at les Docks de Paris, the 18th and 19th of november.

During this event, we will have some presentations:

  • Wednesday the 18th during the "Buy Open Source" roundtable. Ludovic Dubost, CEO and Founder of XWiki SAS, will be part of the talks. This conference will happen in the Auditorium around 4:15PM.
  • Thursday the 19th during the "Open Source Web Editors: a new initiative" workshop. Ludovic Dubost and Caleb James De Lisle will start presenting at 4PM in the Barcelone room. ...