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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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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 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 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?

Jan 31 2018

Top 10 New Features in XWiki 9.x

In this post we take a look at the new features and improvements that were introduced in the 9.x XWiki Cycle.

1. Notifications

For quite some time we’ve wanted to improve the way notifications worked in XWiki and now we’re very excited to announce the long awaited feature is here.
When trying out the latest XWiki, you’ll notice a bell icon in the top bar, which is in fact the new notifications menu. By clicking on the menu you’ll see the latest happenings on your wiki. The number of notifications is displayed in the top menu, just above the bell. You can subscribe to be notified about any event and you control the level of detail and the pages you'd like to be updated on. For example you might choose to be notified only when comments are added on the blog. Furthermore, updates can be sent periodically via email, according to your preferences.

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2. CKEditor improvements

Several improvements have been made to CKEditor in the 9.x cycle, including more supported styles, office import directly from the editor and an improved support for macros.
On a related note, the editor has also been upgraded to the 4.7.3 version which brings extra improvements and bug fixes.

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3. Better Administration

The Administration has been reorganised. An accordion and a search input are now available at the top of the Administration page. This means now it’s quick and simple to filter the administration categories and sections. The new consistent style and the addition of more hints for the configuration options, make the experience more seamless than before.

4. Protection against accidental deletion

Another feature that has been largely requested is protection against accidental deletion. System and Extensions pages are now protected against accidental deletion. When you try to remove these pages, XWiki will be listing all concerned pages and will ask you to confirm the operation.

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5. Restore a batch of deleted pages

On a related note. if you have deleted multiple pages at the same time, it’s now possible to collectively restore all the deleted pages, to their original state and location. 

6. Attachments improvements

If you go to the attachments tab at the bottom of any page, you’ll now be able to see attachment previews. Similarly, the Attachments tab from the Page Index also shows a thumbnail preview for image attachments. Several improvements were also added to the Attachments Selector, with support for attachments that are bigger than 2GB and many other Filesystem attachment enhancements.

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7. Additional Livetable filters

XWiki Livetables now have user suggest and date filters, while multilists are now filterable.

8. Syntax Highlighting and Blame View

Working with the syntax has become much more easy. The Syntax Highlighting Application is now bundled by default. Developers will be happy to find out that a new blame view has been added to the code viewer.

9. Flavors

XWiki now provides the "XWiki Standard" flavor, instead of the old "XWiki Enterprise" package. When creating a new wiki, Administrators can now choose which flavor they want. A flavor is a bundle of extensions that serve a particular use case. This paves the way for additional flavors to be built by the Open Source community on top of XWiki. Using flavors you can further customize your XWiki. You can imagine an XWiki specifically tailored to your team in the smallest of details.

10. More usability improvements

From improving the menus, to bundling more useful applications for newcomers, we are constantly improving the usability of the XWiki interface.

Try it out!

With over 1000 issues closed in XWiki 9.x, teams can truly take their collaboration to the next level. Have fun exploring these new features and feel free to contact our team if you need more information.

Jan 25 2018

Who is joining us at FOSDEM'18?

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We are pleased to announce that next weekend, a team of 12 XWikiers will be attending, speaking and networking at FOSDEM 2018 (the Free Open Source Developers’ European Meeting). 

The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium, at ULB Campus Solbosch. You can find us at zone K5, level 2, booth "Wikis and CMS", next to Tiki Wiki and WikiSuite. The full schedule and list of stands are now available and the entry, just like any other year, is free, with no registration required.  

This year, our team will have a total of eight presentations, out of which three about XWiki, two having XWiki as a use-case, one about the CryptPad product and two of general interest.

See the full list of talks with details about the location, time and speaker: 

SpeakerTypeWhen WhereWhat
Vincent
Massol
XWiki use-case Saturday
12:20 - 13:05
H.2213Track: Testing and automation  
Presentation: Advanced testing in action on a Java project
Ludovic
Dubost
Product: XWikiSaturday
15:55 - 16:20        
K.4.601 Track: Community devroom  
Presentation: XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests 14 years of Open Source in a Small Co.
Vincent
Massol
Product: XWikiSaturday
17:00 - 17:15
H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Addressing the long tail of applications
Anca
Luca
Open Food FactsSaturday  
17:20 - 17:35
 H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Open Food Facts: the wikipedia of food products
What if you could freely analyse all the food and cosmetic products in the world?
Ludovic
Dubost
Product:
XWiki 
Saturday
18:20 - 18:35
H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Tips & Tricks to finance an Open Source Project without selling your soul
Cristina
Roșu
Legal IssuesSunday  
09:30 - 09:55
UA2.220 (Guillissen)Track: Legal and Policy Issues  
Presentation: Artificial intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten
Ecaterina MoraruXWiki use-caseSunday
14:00 - 14:20
K.4.201Track: Open Source Design  
Presentation: Icon Themes Reusable icon variables and mappings for customisable user interfaces
Caleb J.
De Lisle
Product: CryptPadSunday
16:00 - 16:25
 H.1301
(Cornil)
Track: Decentralised Internet and Privacy  
Presentation: CryptPad Encrypted collaborative editing without trusting the server

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. 

See you between the 3rd and the 4th of February?

- Team XWiki

Dec 14 2017

Paris Open Source Summit 2017 talks

Last week was a busy one, here at XWiki. We've attended Paris Open Source Summit 2017, where we had 4 talks on different subjects related to collaboration and the open source culture.

Ludovic, our CEO, hosted a track on One job, one solution!, an extensive discussion and, at times, debate on the importance and effects open source solutions bring to the business environment. Specialists from Avencall, Axelor, Matrix, BlueMind, Maarch, Nexedi, Open-DSI, ATOL C&D, Jaguar Network and France Labs joined him in room CLAP. The full list of talks, is available here.

During the track he thoroughly treated the subject of Open Source Applications competing against proprietary on-premise and Cloud Solutions. See his presentation below. 

In the same track, Vincent, our CTO, had an intervention on the benefits of using XWiki as an alternative to Confluence or Sharepoint, and how the digital transformation can impact the success of a company. Check out his presentation below.

Aaron, part of the XWiki research team, had an intervention on Cryptpad and the benefits it brings as a secure online collaboration tool. See his presentation below.

 

In the Dematerialisation track, Ludovic tackled the subject of "How can traditional companies benefit from tools used by the leading tech companies", with an in-depth analysis of XWiki and its clients. 

These two days have been a true pleasure, we have met incredible people, made connections and the most important, we helped strengthening the Open Source community.  

Nov 29 2017

XWiki's Ludovic Dubost hosts track on 'One job, one solution' - Open Source solutions for the end user

Updated with links to the presentations. 

Which is more likely to be better: a software package created by a handful of developers, or a software package created by thousands of developers? Just as there are countless developers and users working to improve the security of open source software, there are just as many innovating new features and enhancements to those products.

Paris Open Source Summit 2017 has granted us the opportunity to lead a track on the importance of Open Source solutions in the end user software industry. Ludovic will be the trackleader, and joining him will be 11 international specialists from the Open Source world. The focus of this track will be on the key differentiators and the benefits Open Source solutions can bring, in comparison with closed-source competitors. Benefits as: security, quality, customizability, flexibility, interoperability, support options and many more. 

See you in Clap room, starting with 13h30? 

The program and presentations:

13h30-14h00Open Source Applications competing against proprietary on-premise and Cloud SolutionsFRLudovic Dubost, XWiki
14h00-14h20XWiki, Wiki Collaboration as an alternative to Confluence or SharepointFRVincent Massol, XWiki
14h20-14h40Xivo, la téléphonie Open Source, concurrent de Centrex et Skype / LyncFRLaurent Demange, Avencall
14h40-15h00Un ERP Open SourceFRLaith Jubair, Axelor
15h00-15h15Cryptpad: Secure Online CollaborationENAaron McSween, Cryptpad/XWiki
15h15-15h30Encrypted decentralised communication with Matrix and Riot as an alternative to Slack.ENMatthew Hodgson, Matrix
16h00-16h20BlueMind,l’alternative Open Source à MS Exchange, O365 ou Gmail.FRSylvain Garcia, BlueMind
16h20-16h40Maarch RM : Archivage électronique normé pour les entreprisesFRJean-Louis Ercolani, Maarch
16h40-17h00Nexedi, un ERP Open SourceFRJean-Paul Smets, Nexedi
17h00-17h15 Dolibarr, un ERP orienté TPE & PMEFRPhilippe Scofoni, Open-DSI
17h15-17h30REMOcRA, une solution open source au service de la gestion des risquesFRCharles-Henry Vagner, ATOL C&D
17h30-17h45Rudder, l’outil DevOPS Open Source d’automatisation et de vérificationFRAlexis Mousset, Rudder
Ilan Costa, Jaguar Network
17h45-18h00Datafari, gérer ses documents avec une solution de rechercheFRCédric Ulmer, France Labs

Nov 27 2017

Let's meet at Paris Open Source Summit 2017

We are pleased to announce that, between 6 - 7 December, we will be attending, speaking and networking at Paris Open Source Summit.

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The event will take place at Les Docks de Paris on Wednesday the 6th and Thursday the 7th of December 2017. You can find us at booth B13.

The full schedule and list of stands are now available. The entry, just like any other year, is free and you can register here.  

This year, Ludovic Dubost, our CEO, will host a track on the 6th of December, with the subject: "One Job, One Solution" - open source solutions for the end user. Speakers from Avencall, Axelor, CryptPad, Matrix, BlueMind, Maarch, Nexedi, Open-DSI, ATOL C&D, Rudder and France Labs will join him from 13h30 to 18h00, in location Clap. In this track, Aaron McSween, our research engineer, will be talking about "Cryptpad: Secure Online Collaboration" from 15h00 to 15h15. 

In parallel, from 14h50 to 15h10, Ludovic will tackle the subject of "How can traditional companies benefit from tools used by the leading tech companies", with an in-depth comparison of such tools, in the Dematerialisation track. 

From 17h10 to 17h30, you can meet Ludovic at the Round Table: "Valorisation et dissémination par l’Open Source : quels enseignements tirer de projets existants ? Panel "Enseignements pratiques et économiques"".

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