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Nextcloud Is Just An Ordinary Dirty Deal
July 21, 2016

Nextcloud is not moral. Nextcloud is the fruit of an ordinary dirty business deal, rooted in betrayal. ownCloud doesn’t look very good in this sad sorry saga, either.

Back when Frank Karlitschek left ownCloud to launch Nextcloud, he claimed it was a moral decision. But he has never articulated the morality that lay behind that decision. Frank’s number two, Jos Poortvliet, has published many words on this without any specifics, though the quantity and vigor of handwaving is rather impressive. Jos and the other people who left ownCloud to follow Frank promised they would tell The Real Story.

I’m still waiting to hear their version of The Real Story. So far it’s just Real Vapor.

I think their Real Story is the same as mine, and they’re too ashamed to tell it. This is what really happened: Frank made a deal with Spreed behind the backs of his ownCloud partners and founders, then deliberately sabotaged an ownCloud acquisition that was all but finalized. That acquisition would have meant a nice infusion of cash and resources. Killing the acquisition caused ownCloud, Inc. to close its doors and lay off all US employees, including me. It also created difficulties for ownCloud GmbH, but so far they are surviving thanks to a different acquisition deal.

I’m dying to hear how backstabbing your partners, trying to kill a competitor, and costing people their jobs is moral. The tech press completely failed on this story, and have been publishing gushing reviews of how this is so wonderful, and how Nextcloud is all cool because Community and Transparency and Purity and other silly fanboi junk. Get real, friends, the only thing that matters to the Nextcloud crew is money. Only one tech reporter, Barb Darrow at Fortune, did her job and got the real story (see Why Did File Sharing Startup OwnCloud Shut Down?).

Meanwhile, those of us who lost our jobs are still waiting for our final paychecks. I’ve lost count of the excuses and broken promises that oh yes, we will be paid any day now. Sure we will.

The best punch line is Frank offering jobs to former ownCloud employees. Riiight. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Enjoy your money, former friends, perhaps it will buy you a clear conscience.

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New in owncloud 9.1
July 21, 2016

Today is the release of the long awaited ownCloud 9.1 Community Edition. It includes significant improvements for users, administrators and developers.

  • Authentication – ownCloud is delivering innovative security features like pluggable authentication and token based authentication sessions. You can now also list all connected devices in your personal user’s page and invalidate sessions if needed. Another significant security improvement is device specific tokens. This allows you to control the access to your ownCloud on even more secure ways. Time-based one-time passwords (TOTP) enable users to automatically increase the security of their accounts by using services like Google Authenticator or the open-source implementation of the TOTP standard.
    ownCloud has partnered with PrivacyIDEA, an open source authentication server solution with a lot of experience with authentication, provided by Net Knights GmbH.
  • Collabora Online – We’ve teamed up with the developers of Collabora Online and provided a Docker Image for collaborative online document editing. We encourage our users to use the collabora vm which can be also found here. Available formats for editing are DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX + ODF.
  • Ultimate Scalability – ownCloud’s goal is to get users the files they are looking for quickly and smoothly, and as larger installations are being deployed, ownCloud has collaborated with large ownCloud users, like CERN and Sciebo, to bring the scalability of ownCloud to a new level. To be able to deliver petabytes of data to hundreds of thousands of users, key areas like the storage and sharing functionality of ownCloud have been improved. ownCloud 9.1 can now use  multi-bucket object storage as a backend.
  • Full Federation – ownCloud 9 brings federation of ownCloud servers to a new level with better performance; resharing a federated share does not create a chain of shares any more, but instead connects the share owner’s server to the reshare recipient.
  • Contacts, Calendar and ownCloud Mail – Contacts, Calendar and ownCloud Mail have all received significant updates and improvements. They can be updated conveniently in the ownCloud App Store. For example: Birthdays are now also generated based on shared address books owncloud/core#23510 in your ownCloud Calendar.

With the latest release of ownCloud Community Edition, it is only a matter of weeks before ownCloud 9.1 Enterprise Edition will also be released and available to our customers.

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Daniel Molkentin
Introducing Improved Project Collaboration with ownCloud Central
July 20, 2016

New York Grand Central Terminal June 2013 - 5 The ownCloud community has long suffered from a gap between users and developers:

  • In the forum (and to a lesser extend on the user mailinglist and IRC), a lot of regular volunteers have very successfully covered users’ issues in getting up to speed.
  • On the mailing lists and on GitHub, sometimes miles high above and in a mostly disjointed community developers have been developing away.

Between the two, there has been a big divide that was unsatisfying. Also neither Forums nor Mailing lists are a good fit for agile communities these days.

So let’s fix this! The forum moderators and sysadmins, have long been wanting to move off our old trusted forum for this reason, and had decided to use Discourse. Now we finally have a new host, courtesy of ownCloud GmbH, to carry a successor.

Please welcome: ownCloud Central!

I want to give a big shout out to RealRancor and tflidd, who have done terrific work on migrating the FAQs and vital articles to the new platform. Next, we’ll put the forum into read-only mode and will archive its contents. ownCloud Central will take over. We also migrated all accounts from the old forum. Let’s continue to make ownCloud awesome together!

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ownCloud 9.0.4, 8.2.7, 8.1.9, 8.0.14 released
July 19, 2016

httpoxyWe have released ownCloud server versions 9.0.4, 8.2.7, 8.1.9 and 8.0.14, which contain several bug fixes as well as security-related issues.

A third party component called “Guzzle” is affected by HTTPoxy vulnerability (as filed as CVE-2016-5385 for PHP). This component, which handles http requests on behalf of ownCloud can be tricked into passing inbound requests to a proxy server controlled by a third party. in combination with the ajax cron feature, the third party can potentially see external storage credentials and data. We recommend to use system cron whenever possible, which also significantly improves reliability and experience.


If possible, we recommend an immediate update to 9.0.4, 8.2.7 or 8.1.9 respectively, which each contain a patch for Guzzle. ownCloud 8.0 is shipping an older version of Guzzle and is not affected. However, 8.0.14 fixes a number of other issues and we encourage everyone on older versions of 8.0 to update right away as well.

If you cannot update immediately, please consider adding server-level workarounds for the HTTPoxy issue. For more details, read the full change log

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Steffen Lindner
Bulk create testusers for ownCloud / Nextcloud
July 19, 2016

Maybe someone need it, too. A small shell script to create hundreds of users:

set -e
export OC_PASS=test12
for ((i=101;i<=500;i++));
./occ user:add gomez_$i –password-from-env

Thanks @nickvergessen for the occ tip :)

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