ownCloud development in the first half of November – and how you can help
This is the bi-weekly ownCloud community update for the first weeks of November. These updates pull together activities from development mailing lists, blogs, coding work and everything else community members share with us. Tips are very much welcome! Ping Jos with your input. The rapid pace of development in ownCloud from October continued strong in […]
This is the bi-weekly ownCloud community update for the first weeks of November. These updates pull together activities from development mailing lists, blogs, coding work and everything else community members share with us. Tips are very much welcome! Ping Jos with your input.
In more recent news, we are planning a bug triaging day on Friday the 5th of December, providing you with an opportunity to become part of the story of ownCloud development!
You can read a report on the last two weeks of October here.
The ownCloud community handles over 350 pull requests every two weeks, so as usual we group them by core and apps. Besides the move to bower, a lot of cleanups took place in Core and work was done to improve the accessibility of ownCloud. The shorter sharing URL’s merged a while ago turned out to be more invasive than first thought and required adaptation of code in various other areas of ownCloud. The news app is at 4.2 and we include an overview of what you get for upgrading. The Android app remembers the last share location, has nicer dates and plays video full screen – many other apps were improved or updated as well.
- There were big changes in the 3rd-party repository: the introduction of bower dependency management for front-end libraries. This resulted in a flood of PR’s to implement the changes and fix things like bower jcrop followed dropping Jcrop as it is now managed with bower, bower select2, bower underscore and adding bower handlebars each followed by PR’s to drop them so bower can handle them
- Deleting big files leaves a more responsive ui thanks to this PR
- We now support html in the logo area
- The shared mounts system was improved
- Some encryption checks and fixes were made, and exceptions were cleaned up
- .part file handling is now a lot smarter
- An old PR by andrewsbrown got merged: update search classes, which should make search more reliable
- To aid disabled users of ownCloud, a number of accessibility fixes was made
- Lukas did some security work in the bookmarks app, which is otherwise very quiet – consider this an invite to anybody interested in improving it!
- LDAP administrators might appreciate the new CLI command that deletes an LDAP config thanks to work by mark0n
- You can now configure databases with SSL
- Versioned files now don’t get lost when moving files to other folders
Some especially interesting pull requests:
- The shorter sharing links introduced some issues which were fixed just in time, opening the way for further merging of pull requests like this and this in the gallery. Help reviewing these PR’s is very welcome!
- After a long debugging session, Ansud sent in a PR that got merged which fixes an obscure type of bug occurring in large files with special symbols in their names
- Our developer documentation will start to improve now that we moved to using JS Docs
- A test was temporarily disabled while this massive PR is being worked on
If you want to get involved in coding on ownCloud – check out this page!
Since our previous article, the News App made a big 4.0 release and moved to 4.2 since then. These updates bring many improvements, in part thanks to a switch to PicoFeed as feed parser library, and in another part thanks to much work to polish the user interface. A quick overview:
- updates are faster since News now uses http cache headers and locations are saved in the db (which means it gets rid of an extra http request for most feeds)
- News now uses ownCloud internal proxy settings
- You can turn off article purging by setting a negative number
- The new release features better error messages. For example, News will tell you if the ssl cert is invalid rather than giving a generic error message like x or y or z caused it to fail
- The improved compatibility allows you to add feeds which were not possible to add previously
- Another new feature is that you can subscribe to youtube playlists
- To make it easier to find the item you want to read, you can now use the a shortcut to scroll to the currently active feed in the navigation, and the next/previous shortcuts scroll to the active entry if it isn’t in full view
- Even more helpful is the sorting by title and name
- And much, much more!
- Unfortunately, the calculation of the guid changed so you’ll experience your current read feeds showing up as unread once
The new version is thus faster, more compatible, uses smarter error messages when things go wrong, is easier to use and has many new features! Find information on installation and reporting of bugs here.
There have been many more app improvements, including:
- The android app shows time stamps much nicer (contribution by tobiasKaminsky)
- The android app also remembers the last share location thanks to code by magsjoq
- Last but not least, Videos now play full-screen, also by tobiasKaminsky
- The Activity app lets you scroll to a folder to see what is going on
- The app now also displays a mime type icon when no preview can be generated
- Contacts now shows the correct number of contacts in shared address books and Morris solved the 404 contact not found error
- Tasks will now parse notes to make links and mails clickable and is a lot faster
- Tasks also considers due dates for today, the week and the current view
- Imprint 0.2.1 can deal with markdown besides text and html (and already uses it for dummy content)
The ownCloud app store features apps for the web interface of ownCloud. There were over a dozen updates in the first half of November, including:
- The PDF Mime app updated ownCloud 7 support with version 0.2 – this app uses the browsers’ build in PDF support to view PDF files while the Video app was updated to 0.0.6. This app allows you to play back videos through browser plugins
- New is the Files Clipboard which allows you to copy and paste files all over your ownCloud. Though simple, this app offers nice functionality! Find the source code here if you’d like to have a look or want to contribute
- Also new is Sky Search, which is described by its author as “This is a modified version of george19 app search_public. Added option to search by MIME types Interface to Search Public Files. I developed this for my site skycrowds.com but figured I would share.” With already over 40 downloads, guess the sharing worked!
- The email client Roundcube was updated to upstream version 220.127.116.11, bringing bug fixes in the area of logging
- The Secure Container app uses client side encryption (in the browser) to offer safe storage for text files. The update to 0.5 is noted to allow drag’n’dropping entries into a different folder, brings a refined responsive design and has some small bugfixes
- The ownCloud Dashboard app, providing an overview of what is going on in your ownCloud, made it to 1.2, introducing the ability to allow or disallow groups access to certain statistics
- The user_cas app is at 1.2, having been migrated to ownCloud 7 and including a LDAP user mapping
- Other updates include an upgrade to the ownCloud ORC reader improving ownCloud 7 compatibility and some fixes to Old Menu, an app that brings back the sidebar with apps from ownCloud 6. The Geoloc app was updated to 0.4.2.0 but we couldn’t find out what was improved, while the One Time Password Backend version 2.5.1 fixed some bugs
In security news, 8 security issues have been published as fixed with ownCloud 7.0.3. If you have not yet upgraded, you are urged to do so! You can find a list of the issues and the CVE identifiers at our security advisories page. As a good security citizen, ownCloud requests CVE numbers, disclosing vulnerabilities in ownCloud at MITRE. The advisories become public about two weeks after an update with fixes has been made available so admins and security providers can keep track of the security state of their infrastructure. The change log will only mention ‘security issue’. You can get keep track of latest ownCloud updates by subscribing to the ownCloud announcement mailing list.
ownCloud takes security extremely serious, which is why we practice full disclosure of issues. If you have found a possible security issue in ownCloud, please consult this page for steps to fixing responsible disclosure.
Mailing list conversations
There were the usual announcements on the mailing lists like the releases of ownCloud 7.0.3, 6.0.6 and 5.0.18 as well as the very exciting ownCloud Client 1.7 release. Otherwise, there were the usual technical discussions as well as an announcement that the news app was pulled from the app store, due to the complexities surrounding the installation of this app. Improvements are coming in ownCloud 8 but for now, users who want to install the app will need to put in a little more effort.
You can join the discussions on this page.
Other ownCloud happenings
The first two weeks of November featured some big news. It started when ownCloud Desktop Client 1.7 was released with many new features and improvements. Read this blog for a great overview! Not much later, ownCloud 7 Enterprise Edition was made available, making data from the many Enterprise data silos accessible in one place.
There’s always more on Planet ownCloud. Great posts include:
- A really cool tutorial for managing todo txt files with ownCloud
- A post by Stathis on his presentation about basic usage of ownCloud at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece
- Tips and tricks on organizing a meetup
- And last but not least, the stunningly cool overview of development over the first two weeks of October 😉
Follow what is going on!
To keep these articles from growing infinitely, we only cover a small part of what is going on in ownCloud, and with a delay. To be up to date with the latest developments, follow our twitter account, Facebook page, our G+ page and on Diaspora!
We recently 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 like-minded people but nothing is happening close by, consider organizing an ownCloud meetup! Check out this page on how to get started.