ownCloud development in the second half of October

Welcome to the ownCloud development update from the second half of October! This overview is put together from activities on github, the mailing lists, blogs and whatever else is shared in the ownCloud community. Tips are welcome, ping Jos with your input!

The biggest items these two weeks were lots of low-level core improvements, a new sidebar in Core, lots of new features in the Android app, XMPP support in the Chat app and much activity on apps.owncloud.com! Interesting blogs and announcements include the debate around ownCloud in Ubuntu, ownCloud at LinuxCon and the announcement of ownCloud in Bountysource.

You can read a report on the first half of October here.

Core news

As always, we start with the development progress in core. There has been some low-level clean-up work and improvements as well as updates to 3rd-party functionality included in ownCloud and the usual fixes and features in various areas.



Some of the core improvements are design related, including these:

If you want to get involved in ownCloud, check out our contribute page! If you are interested in design specifically, check out the design page on owncloud.org.


ownCloud heavily relies on apps for its functionality. The mobile and desktop sync apps bring your files to various devices and the server apps bring extensive functionality like chat, contacts, audio streaming or a password manager.


Mobile/desktop apps

Server app improvements

Activity in the ownCloud app store has been frantic:

  • The oclife app, bringing tagging to ownCloud, received a major update, bringing compatibility for ownCloud 7, tag ownership and permissions, preview for images on the tag page, EXIF data tab on extended info and Spanish translations
  • The user_sql app introduces a new Admin interface with the 0.9.1 release. This app allows authentication against an arbitrary SQL database, including sharing support between users in the DB
  • An update to the storage charts app fixes some minor issues and introduces French translations
  • The Shorty Tracking app was updated with ownCloud 7 support
  • The standalone XMPP chat Jappix is new in the ownCloud App store
  • The ownCloud ebook Reader app version 0.4.4 fixes some small issues
  • The Tomboy sync server app 0.4.0 update introduces note preview, search, download, and shows custom icons, highlighting of current notebook and note modification display in the list
  • The unix user backend updated to version 2.2 with a minor fix to the mail setting form
  • And last but not least, the SMS app made it to version 1.3.0, introducing smarter phone number handling, ordering of conversations, automatic refreshing and desktop notifications

If you’re interested in working on or building ownCloud apps, see the documentation for server side apps. Desktop client fans can get started here and you can find the iOS developer documentation here and the Android documentation here. Both latter links also cover the iOS and Android libraries, important if you want to integrate ownCloud in your own application!

Community Conversationsimage tagging

On Planet ownCloud you can find blogs from ownCloud contributors and advocates. The last two weeks of October saw the following posts published:

Please note that if you’re an ownCloud contributor, you should get your blog aggregated on owncloud.org/news! Ping Jos with your RSS feed.

The mailing lists featured some technical discussions, as well as the following calls for help and announcements:

You can join the discussions on this page.

As always, we can only ever cover a small part of what is going on in ownCloud. If you want to follow things more closely, follow our twitter account, Facebook page or our G+ page. We are now also active again on Diaspora!


Monday, we published a blog about ownCloud events. Find a calendar of ownCloud events on owncloud.org/events. If you would love to meet and discuss ownCloud with likeminded people but nothing is happening close by, consider organizing an ownCloud meetup! Check out this page on how to get started.

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