XWiki at Capitol du Libre 2018

Dec 11 2018

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The past few weeks have been busy with multiple events we have attended - Capitole du Libre, Cloud Expo Europe Paris, Paris Open Source Summit - and our blog was on a brief hiatus. Worry not, as we are back with updates and some great news we are excited to share. 

Capitol du Libre is a weekend long event dedicated to free software that took place in Toulouse, France, between 17 & 18 November. It’s an event open to all audiences, with a wide variety of themes, activities and workshops. Ludovic, Anca and Clement attended it and tell us that it was a great experience and shared the experience of meeting so many open source aficionados.

If you didn’t make it, here’s a sneak peek of the talks of the event and, below, the talks Ludovic and Clement had.

We often hear that Open Source has won. Is this really the case? In this presentation, Ludovic showed that while Open-Source is now the code leader for many software, there is still software and services that are not available as free software, including many cloud services. Your data is always controlled by proprietary software and algorithms built on a large amount of open-source code. Why is this the case and what can the free and open source software community do to improve this situation? Find out how open business models and free software funding should evolve to enable more free and open source code in all areas.

Cloud services are increasingly used and your data is increasingly exposed. Even though cloud services "promise" to keep your data secure, you do not actually control what is put in place to keep your data and privacy secure. Many cloud services use your data to build advertising-based business models that read data and transfer it to advertising services. In this presentation, Ludovic demonstrated why a new approach is needed for collaboration software and services, based on end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge by the cloud service. He showcased this approach implemented in the free project CryptPad.

When working in teams on a project, we often observe that people don't choose to use very collaborative solutions for their work. Documents get scattered across multiple folders or in emails, it gets hard to distinguish an old version of a document from a new one, and we miss the possibility to link documents between each others. Clement presented some of the most popular features proposed by XWiki to adapt the platform to company use cases and how XWiki can help any individual or team to build a knowledge base adapted to his needs. 

See you next year?