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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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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.

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?

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.

Dec 18 2017

One Job One Solution presentations

At Paris Open Source Summit 2017, Ludovic - our CEO, hosted a track on One job, one solution!, an half-day long discussion on the importance of Open Source solutions in the international business environment. Specialists from Avencall, Axelor, Matrix, BlueMind, Maarch, Nexedi, Open-DSI, ATOL C&D, Jaguar Network and France Labs joined him.

Here is the full list of presentations:

Open Source Applications competing against proprietary on-premise and Cloud SolutionsLudovic Dubost, XWiki
XWiki, Wiki Collaboration as an alternative to Confluence or SharepointVincent Massol, XWiki
Xivo, la téléphonie Open Source, concurrent de Centrex et Skype / LyncLaurent Demange, Avencall
Un ERP Open SourceLaith Jubair, Axelor
Cryptpad: Secure Online CollaborationAaron McSween, Cryptpad/XWiki
Encrypted decentralised communication with Matrix and Riot as an alternative to Slack.Matthew Hodgson, Matrix
BlueMind,l’alternative Open Source à MS Exchange, O365 ou Gmail.Sylvain Garcia, BlueMind
Maarch RM : Archivage électronique normé pour les entreprisesJean-Louis Ercolani, Maarch
Nexedi, un ERP Open SourceJean-Paul Smets, Nexedi
Dolibarr, un ERP orienté TPE & PMEPhilippe Scofoni, Open-DSI
REMOcRA, une solution open source au service de la gestion des risquesCharles-Henry Vagner, ATOL C&D
Rudder, l’outil DevOPS Open Source d’automatisation et de vérificationAlexis Mousset, Rudder
Ilan Costa, Jaguar Network
Datafari, gérer ses documents avec une solution de rechercheCédric Ulmer, France Labs

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.