ownCloud development in the second half of September

This is the bi-weekly ownCloud community update for the second half of September. We have brought together activity from development mailing lists, blogs, coding work and everything else community members share with us into an overview for your reading pleasure! Tips are very much welcome. Ping Jos with your input.

Biggest items in the last two weeks of September was the announcement of an alpha of ownCloud Mail 0.1. Aside from the Mail app, there has been activity all over in ownCloud, from small UI fixes to major performance work

You can read a report on the first two weeks of September here.


As always, there was a lot of work in core and various applications like Mail and News.

The development on the Mail app continued, adding a folder view, folder icons, sub folders, showing a highlight when hovering email rows and more, also adding three new maintainers.

Another area of improvement was the user interface. Small user interface issues were taken care off, like making the label next to a radio button in the encryption settings also click-able, showing spinners for more actions showing the system is working, making sure app navigation buttons don’t overlap, transparent images as avatars now work even when you use a gif and crop them and ‘nstamm’ got his first patch merged, fixing a design issue when drag’n’dropping big files on a folder in the web UI. danbartram also had his first patch in when fixing a confusing description of the log_rotate_size configuration value. Many of these small improvements add up to a large difference in user experience!

This is also true for documentation work. For example the ownCloud server upgrade instructions received an overhaul but there is lots more work done in the documentation repository. Get on it if you want to help make the ownCloud documentation better!

Pull Requests Merged in Core and apps

this is open source
Let’s start with new features, big and small.

Then there is reliability, performance and security work:

In client news:

If you want to get involved in coding on ownCloud – check out this page!

Other development updates

On the ownCloud mailing list, ownCloud Mail 0.1 alpha was announced by Thomas and Jan:

    Today we are proud to announce ownCloud Mail 0.1 alpha!

    It’s a simple IMAP client with which you can connect to your mail server. Be it on the same server (then it’s superfast) or just your ordinary webmail account. And it integrates nicely with other ownCloud apps.

You can read a little bit of history, a list of current features and the todo list in the announcement mail.

Another notable subject was FOSDEM 2015. There will be a team of ownClouders there and we’re looking for people to help out with the booth and talks!

You can join or just follow the development discussions on mailman.

Other ownCloud happenings

There was plenty of Planet ownCloud activity.

In social media, we read that pretty much all #ownCloudconf videos are available now and ownCloud Inc shared that ownCloud made it to the front page of c’t, one of the most subscribed computer magazines in Europe!

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There are ownCloud events taking place! You can meet fellow ownCloud users and developers at ownCloud meetups or see us at conferences. Find a calendar of ownCloud on owncloud.org/events.

ownCloud meetups are a chance to learn more about ownCloud or even to get coding work done. If you know of other (regular or not) meetups or are interested in organizing one yourself, check out this page on how to get involved.

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