XWiki : Vision Open Source

Category: XWiki : Vision Open Source (21 posts) [RSS]

Feb 07 2013

Combining open source ethics with private interests

Last weekend, Ludovic Dubost and Vincent Massol had a presentation at FOSDEM. The presentation aimed to share the benefits and challenges of contributing to an Open Source Community and at the same time having companies selling services around the software. It covered how the XWiki Open Source Community is organized in a full Open Source way, open to any participants regardless of their interests, and how the employees of private companies, including XWiki SAS, manage their roles as members of the community. Vincent Massol and Ludovic Dubost also touched on XWiki SAS' approach to support the Open Source project. Finally, they discussed how the company, as well as developers and users, benefit from a fully Open Source approach.

Sep 07 2012

Insight into XWiki Seminar 2012

Following the XWiki tradition, each year the whole team gathers together to have the XWiki Seminar in a remote location for 10 days. This year, the chosen location was the Danube Delta and not only the XWikiers from France and Romania attended, but also the ones from Canada and USA.

Enforcing transparency as one of the XWiki values, team status presentations were organised at the beginning of the Seminar. Thus, during the first two days, each team shared both its achievements and the difficulties encountered, as well as the objectives settled for the next period, offering the others a wide view on the whole team activity. The following days were full of training sessions and brainstormings along with cross-team interactions during the XWiki Hackathon.

Considering the busy period, everyone appreciated the trip on the Danube channels, through which the team discovered the natural wonders of the Danube Delta. We visited the Aquarium in Tulcea and learnt about history, fauna, flora and different aspects of people's life from this region. The large collection of fish, sharks and corals was a true delight for everyone's eyes!  

As a big part of the Seminar is getting to know better the people that we are working with and having fun together, the party and team activities were a must!

During the XWiki Rock and Horror Party, the XWikiers showed how rock and horror they can be through their attitude and costumes, proved their skills in drawing the most spooky face on a balloon or had the courage to guess what was inside the given bags. Of course, prizes were given to the winners!

XWiki Olympics was the event that challenged most the XWiki team. Split in five teams, the XWikiers showed their skills both in outdoor and indoor activities and put all the effort in qualifying for the finals to reach the first place. Basketball, swimming, tennis, quizz, poker or mime game are just a few examples of the activities that brought together the XWikiers during the whole 10 days.

As expected, the Seminar could not end without setting the team strategy for the next year, without having the award ceremony for XWiki Olympics and of course without a last bath in the big pool of the hotelemoticon_smile With all our batteries charges and with a lot of enthusiasm, we now have all the ingredients to better focus on reaching our objectives for 2013!

Enjoy the XWiki Seminar in images:

Jun 20 2012

Proprietary versus Open Source

A couple of times I've been on a panel with executives from proprietary software companies, and interestingly I found their speech very defensive when it comes to Open Source companies. Usually they downplay the advantages of Open Source and question the ability of Open Source to create quality and supported software, because of the lack of financing through the sales of the licenses. Most of the time it is due to very little knowledge of the ways that allow Open Source companies to operate.

I personally don't have a problem that companies don't choose to have an Open Source business model. I believe everybody is free to choose the business model they are comfortable with, and I don't believe that Open Source is the right solution for ALL software. ...

May 03 2012

Real Open Source - Why Open Core and Dual License Business models can be misleading

As users or customers of Open Source software, we don't always see that there are different types of Open Source. The license is one key element of differentiation, since it gives the user different rights. I won't discuss the licensing per se in this post, but will discuss the different business models adopted by companies creating Open Source software.

It's been quite clear for any person analyzing the Open Source business, that releasing software as Open Source is a great way to gain traction and adoption, and that the more permissive your license is, the more adoption you can get. This is of course only true if your software is interesting in itself (I'll have another post on that). ...

Apr 17 2012

Why Open Source in this Cloud World?

When speaking of Enterprise Software, everybody talks about the Cloud, the Cloud, the Cloud. It's today's buzzword. The new gold rush

There are plenty of good reasons why companies can be interested in cloud offerings. Similarly there are plenty of good reasons for providers to be delivering solutions through the cloud. 

One of the questions that is frequently asked is whether the "old" way can still be successful. The same matter was brought into discussion during the e-commerce boom. At the time "bricks and mortars" where opposed to Internet's pure players. History has shown however that there was room for both types of players and that offline players benefited from additional growth by creating an online presence. New companies were developing original business models in which, since day one they were combining their online presence with physical locations. ...

Feb 13 2012

Tech companies, the buyout

When you participate in the creation of a tech company, particularly on the product side, there are plenty of reasons why your work might get lost. The company might fail, the product might not work and the company may survive with other products, a particular part of the product might be dropped. These are actually pretty good reasons why your work might go down the drain.

Now the good thing with open source is that it can never go fully and completely down the drain. Even if your company is closed down, the code is still released as Open Source and available. You can decide to reuse it.

This is not the case with non open source code and there is an even worst reason for your code to go down the drain: when it disappears after the buyout of your company. ...

Jan 04 2012

Choosing a business model and sticking to it until further notice

Whenever you talk about a company, you often begin by discussing its "business model", rapidly dismissing the product itself. This is particularly true when the product is initially free, when you find the idea a little weak or the market is already crowded. The question the founder is faced with is "how do you plan to make money ?".

For XWiki, there was the obvious precedent of existing Open Source companies which seemed to make things simpler, but that wasn't enough. When I created XWiki, there were quite a lot of choices to pick from:

  • consumer oriented wikis on the cloud
  • a software as a service offering
  • making the solution proprietary
  • an open source business model based on services
  • an open source business model with dual licences
  • an open source business model a la "redhat"
  • an open core business model
  • any combination of the above ...

Dec 22 2011

Chasing the future at XWiki

Here at XWiki we are carrying out several research activities to keep up with the evolution of current technologies and to explore new and interesting ways for improving our products. In order to do so we collaborate with other enterprises in collaborative research projects: the main goal of these projects is to push forward the state of the art and to capitalize the efforts by building top-notch products incorporating these advancements.

Currently XWiki is involved in four research projects. ...

Nov 30 2011

Building to last: The Objectives

I've already established in my previous post that: "I wanted to build a technology company that lasts, a place where we would improve things step by step, an environment where we would enjoy ourselves, while building products that are useful to our customers and to the world." I also mentioned that I consider success and Open-Source mostly means as opposed to standalone goals.

Let me go a bit more into the details of these objectives and why they are very important to me and XWiki SAS.

Firstly the key goal is to enjoy ourselves while building products. This company was started by working on a product that we strongly believed in. In addition to being a great information organization tool, XWiki provides an intuitive way to build Web Applications. XWiki is for web development what Wikis are for content management. Hence the 'X' in XWiki refers to 'extensibility'. XWiki is already an advanced enterprise solution given all its built-in features, but can also be extended using its APIs. Our passion for building the best extensible enterprise product is one of the ingredients that keeps us going. ...