NOTE: This was an April 1st joke!
With the ownCloud community in the first stages of the development cycle for ownCloud 9.1, it has become apparent that there is a gap between ownCloud and competing cloud services. With other cloud providers like Microsoft (whom we now collaborate with) limiting free storage to 5GB or even a mere 2GB like Dropbox, ownCloud finally has dealt with the lack of a sensible limitation protecting users against their inner hungry caterpillar by deciding to limit free file storage to 5GB.
We asked ownCloud Founder Frank Karlitschek for more information about the reasoning behind this change.
“With everybody limiting free storage, ownCloud has to follow. You can’t just disrupt an industry and let people control their own data like it’s nothing!”
When asked how he would prevent users from removing the limitation in their own copy of the most popular open source cloud storage solution, he shooed us away:
“Why would you do THAT?”
The over 8 million users on existing ownCloud releases including the very latest ownCloud 9 are asked to limit the storage space of their users by hand. In the video below you can see how to do this.
For users who didn’t manage to make this change manually, ownCloud 9.1 will automatically discard files beyond the 5GB threshold using an intelligent algorithm to determine what the least valuable data is. Of course, more amazing changes are coming to ownCloud, stay tuned for more news.
Thank you for your cooperation!