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ownCloud Contributor Conference well underway!
August 31, 2015

The ownCloud Contributor Conference started last Friday with ownCloud contributors gathering in the hacking rooms at the TU Berlin. Saturday saw some exciting keynotes and announcements, as well as a series of lightning talks, workshops and our live stream of interviews in the afternoon. Sunday continued with more lightning talks, workshops and hacking. Read on for a short impression of the conference proceedings until now!

Great Start

The conference took off on Friday, welcoming some 60 enthusiastic programmers and other contributors during the day. With so many people there, it was hard to keep track of what was going on, so we have a few pictures below.

Entree of the Mathematics building
Entree of the Mathematics building
Hallway track
Hallway track
Hacking room
Hacking room
Getting coding done between the talks
Getting coding done between the talks

The Talks and Workshops on Saturday

Saturday started our program of talks and workshops. After an opening by Frank recapping how the conference has grown from a small room with five people to about 100 participants in the room this year, German Theater Director Angela Richter explained us how she got the idea of doing a play about digital surveillance. It was fascinating to hear how she interviewed famous whistle blowers and put together a play which fused live television, theater and real-time hacking and spying on the devices of the audience. We will get her talk up on YouTube as soon as we can so you can enjoy it, too!

keynote room
keynote room
Angela Richter speaking
Angela Richter speaking
Jan and Frank directing people
Jan and Frank directing people
Group photo time
Group photo time
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Drinks waiting for us in storage

Following her was ownCloud community founder and Inc. co-founder and CTO Frank Karlitschek. He shared several exciting announcements which we covered on Sunday in this blog. As a recap, we were delighted by the news that a new version of the User Data Manifesto was published, supported by many major organizations. ownCloud, Inc. announced Security Bug Bounties, which rewards security researchers for responsibly disclosing security issues, helping to keep ownCloud users safe. Last and not least, ownCloud Proxy was announced, a service which provides an easy way around routers and firewalls. Combined with the new, official pre-configured ownCloud VM, this helps ownCloud reach a wider audience of people for whom configuring and running a Linux server is a serious barrier.

Break and lightning talks

A short break followed for coffee, tea and a small sample of the many fancy Berliner soft drinks, with tastes varying from melon, passion fruit and pomegranate to coffee-cola – many, of course, bio, vegan, pure-juice, moon-light-grown, hippie compatible and so on. We can only recommend participants to try the more exotic types like pear-rosemary, date-pomegranate, tarragon-ginger and so on at a ‘Spatie‘ in Berlin.

We continued with about a dozen lighting talks, covering such things as the brand new Gallery app, the State of ownCloud Security and Encryption 2.0, LDAP and Client Side Encryption for ownCloud.

After lunch (free pizza!) we had a group photo. Following picture time the program continued with workshops on how to develop ownCloud apps, how to integrate ownCloud in your app or service, LDAP, Sabre/DAV, design and more. At the same time, the hacking rooms were open and people gathered to get work done on various areas of ownCloud. The evening kicked off with a barbecue at the beer garden at the river, providing a great time for conversation and relaxation.

ownCloud Contributor Conference 2015 group photo
ownCloud Contributor Conference 2015 group photo

Sunday and Onward

Sunday continued with more of the same goodness – lightning talks in the morning, covering design, music, bookmarks, testing, the ownCloud iOS and desktop apps, Delta Syncing in the desktop client and much more. As lunch, we had burgers freshly served from a burger truck outside. The afternoon had more workshops covering contribution to the ownCloud core, the mobile and desktop apps and security, while the hacking rooms provided space for coding.

Burger time at the #ownCloudConf here in Berlin. Thank you @ownClouders pic.twitter.com/Gn7z4LJaOJ

— Woboq (@woboq) August 30, 2015


You can follow much of the event on Twitter with the #ownCloudConf hashtag.

We’ll continue tomorrow in the hacking rooms for the next three days, as well as gathering for planned and ad-hoc meetings, testing, writing code and designing ownCloud. If you want to get involved, join the frenzy on github and the ownCloud development IRC chat channel on freenode.net, also accessible via webchat!

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ownCloud Contributor Conference Has Started With Big Announcements
August 29, 2015

With the ownCloud Contributor Conference having kicked off in Berlin, we’re here to bring you up to speed with some exciting announcements! Viewers of our livestream have seen some big news revealed in the keynote by ownCloud Founder Frank Karlitschek, including our new Security Bug Bounty program, ownCloud Proxy and the release of the User Data Manifesto version 2.

User Data Manifesto
The User Data Manifesto

User Data Manifesto

Starting, Frank invited Hugo Roy on stage to announce the publishing of the User Data Manifesto 2.0. Frank first revealed The User Data Manifestoat a Latinoware keynote in 2012 It aims to define basic rights for people to control their own data in the Internet age. Version 2.0, the writing of which was coordinated by Hugo and Frank, sports a much simplified description of these rights, making it both easier to understand and support. You can find the User Data Manifesto on userdatamanifesto.org and sign it if you want. The User Data Manifesto is supported and endorsed by major organizations supporting digital freedoms like the Free Software Foundation Europe, spreed, the X-Lab, the GNOME Foundation, KDE e.V., ToS;DR and many others.
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Security Bug Bounties

No technology is perfect, and ownCloud Inc. believes that working with skilled security researchers across the globe is crucial in identifying weaknesses in any technology. Today, Frank announced the creation of the ownCloud Security Bug Bounty Program which rewards security researchers for finding issues in the ownCloud Server, and in so doing helps strengthen ownCloud Server for customers, users and the community.

When a security bug is identified, it can be submitted via our HackerOne page. If the bug is identified as meaningful and qualifies for the program, and the submitter has followed the Disclosure Policy, the bug bounty is paid out relative to bug severity. Highest severity issues like ones which give the adversary complete control over a server result in up to USD $ 500 reward while low and medium severity problems have rewards ranging from $50 to $250.

Find more information, including what components of ownCloud are eligible and our disclosure policy, on our HackerOne page. Learn more about how ownCloud deals with security on our security page.

ownCloud Proxy

Despite all that our users love about ownCloud – the access, security, privacy, control and more – the one thing people don’t like is how challenging it can be to set up and access ownCloud for the home user. Today, Frank announced the availability of the ownCloud Proxy app. Designed for those of you who want your own private, secure “Dropbox” and don’t want the hassle of configuring routers, firewalls and DNS entries for access from anywhere, at any time, ownCloud Proxy is for you. It comes installed as an ownCloud community app in the new ownCloud community appliance, connects to relay servers in the cloud, and provides anytime, anywhere access to your files, on your PC running in your home network, quickly and easily. And, of course, you can grab it from the ownCloud app store and add it to an existing ownCloud server if you already have one running.

The ownCloud server relies on pageKite as a third-party proxy provider and we hope to add more providers in the future. An information page has been set up at the ownCloud Proxy page.

Please note that pageKite is not terribly suitable for syncing large volumes of data, their service has rather limited data transfer caps. We hope to have more information for you in the near future for less restricted solutions. Suggestions and help is welcome – this is just a start and your involvement could help make it great!

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The Practical ownCloud Conference Guide
August 27, 2015

Testing devices at a hackathon in StuttgartParticipating in the ownCloud Conference? In this blog you can find all the practical information you need to know. If you can’t make it – check out our live stream!

The ownCloud Contributor Conference is just a couple of days away and we’re excited to welcome all of the participants in Berlin. To make this experience as easy and enjoyable as possible we’d like to give you a little guide with all the practical information around the conference.

All detailed information can also be found on the website!

What You Need to Know

So let’s get started. Here’s a short summary of things that you need to know:

  • Please register in advance for the conference. It only takes a couple of minutes and can be done on our site.
  • On arrival, make sure to pick up your badge and food tickets at the entrance of the »Mathematik« building. Carrying your badge is mandatory, especially after 18:00 and on the weekend!
    Frida and Monday-Thursday the registration booth will be on the 6th floor of the building – just follow the signs.
  • WiFi is provided and can be used with a Guest Account. During registration you will receive credentials after you’ve given your name and email address. Many rooms also offer network cables and (EU-) power plugs.
  • As you know, the conference will feature a Hackathon as well as a wide range of talks, workshops and networking opportunities. You can find the full conference schedule here.
  • We organized a “Starters Room” (MA642) for anyone who is looking for somebody to talk to about a specific person or who is just new to the ownCloud world. Another reserved room is for “Scheduled Meetings” in case you want to discuss specific topics with relevant people. You can find the details for the scheduled meetings here. Note that all meetings are open – join any subject you’re interested in!
  • Find more info on what’s where and what’s what, as well as ways to find out who’s who on our info page.

Coding in progress

After Work

Of course the conference is not all about work – we want you to enjoy your time in Berlin. Use the opportunity to explore this vibrant city with its 3.5 million inhabitants. It is not only the capital and biggest city of Germany, but also one of Europe’s major hotspots. Berlin is considered a world city of culture, politics, media, and science for good reason.

Interested in exploring the city? We have created a wikipage with tips for non-conference entertainment. There is of course also a lot of information at Wikipedia on Berlin and Wiki Travel on Germany, on Berlin and WikiVoyage on Berlin.

So, enjoy the conference, build some awesome stuff and have fun, we’re excited to see all of you in Berlin!

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ownCloud Desktop Client 2.0 is out with Multi Account Support and More
August 25, 2015

Selecting folders to sync
Selecting folders to sync

Version 2.0.0 of the ownCloud Desktop Sync Client has been released today. It introduces multi-account support, large folder sync confirmation and more features. Your client will automatically update and packages for your Linux distribution are be available as well. Read on for some highlights of this release!

Major new features

The brand new sync client offers a redesigned user interface to allow for the biggest new feature: multi-account support. This allows users to add more than one ownCloud server to their client, each of them assigned separate folders. If you have a private and a work ownCloud server, this is immensely helpful. As with previous releases, for each account you can select multiple remote folders to synchronize with specific local folders and within each, check what sub folders you want to sync locally.

Another important feature allows users to determine the behavior when new large directories appear on server side sync folder. While selective sync allows a user to choose to not sync a folder, when a folder is shared it is first synced before this decision can be made by the user. This could result in a full drive if the folder is big. We have fixed this problem with a new feature: sync threshold sizes.

Configuring max folder size
Configuring max folder size

With version 2 of the sync client the user can set a threshold size on any desktop above which a new folder will not be synced automatically to the desktop – and this is for any folder, not just shared folders. If a user wants to have a new folder above the threshold synced, they just use the selective sync check box and the files and folders will be synced. For example, say the user has set the size to 750MB. If a new folder is added that is larger than 750MB, a notification will pop up. The user will then have to specifically checkmark the folder to have it synced. This threshold size is editable by the user, can be set to 0 or greater, and can be set to different thresholds on each desktop client.

And more

There have been a number of other changes. Some are platform-specific like support for longer path names on Windows and native Finder integration for OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Both platforms now also support not syncing hidden files. The improved progress reporting during sync will benefit users on all platforms, as will the automatic limit setting for download bandwidth throttling. Last but not least, there have been many smaller performance and stability improvements in the client.

You can grab the latest version from owncloud.org/install.

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