New software day

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in ownCloud | 8 Comments
New software day

Today we launched the ownCloud 4.0.4 bugfix release and the second version
of ownCloud Business and Enterprise. The ownCloud 4.0 community release a few
weeks ago  brought cool new features like versioning, external filesystems or
encryption but, frankly, was a little rougher than we expected. It seems that
we follow the KDE tradition here where KDE 4.0. was also not the most polished
release ever. 😉

The good news is that the releases today smooth those rough edges and we can
recommend ownCloud 4 now for full production use — bringing the ownCloud 4
features to our enterprise customers and service providers.

We also have new version of the Linux/Win/Mac Desktop Syncing Client available
developed mainly by Klaas. The Client is a Qt application and integrates nicely
into KDE. We also have a new version of the Android App available which is based on the
community code developed by Bartek

The downloads are here:

Everything is available under AGPL and GPL of course.

So what´s coming up:

I recommend that you attend Klaas BoF session at Akademy
( if
you are interested in deep KDE / ownCloud integration. There is a lot of
potential for ownCloud and KDE to work very closely together in the future.
I believe that an integrated free software offering is significantly better
than an isolated Linux Desktop or an isolated Cloud service. I can´t make it
to Akademy unfortunately.

As you know, ownCloud is committed to a 3-4 month release cycle — which
means no rest for the wicked. We are working full steam on new things for
ownCloud 5 coming in late summer, including:

  • An improved encryption system that is useful in more scenarios than the current encryption
  • Improved handling of big file uploads
  • Improved permission system for sharing
  • And lots of other improvements like RSS feed sharing with KDE Akregator or server to server sharing.

I´m so happy to work on a piece of software that receives so much positive
attention from the free software world, developers and free web activists —
but also companies and customers. And all this is only possible because we
have an awesome community of contributors. It is their active participation
and creativity that makes ownCloud possible. So I say thank you to all!!!!!


  1. fstorck

    I appreciate the work and the honest words about the quality problems, although I’m a little bit anxious about not changing the proposed release cycle.
    If you stay with the 3-4 month, it would be recommended to haveat least 1 month for having an official Alpha, Beta and RC release. In my opinion, you would better go with a 6 month cycle, or at least stripping down the features to be released to ensure a good quality.

    I see the great encouragement in the community, but I doubt a little that the quality issues can be solved without slowing down a bit. The code base seems to be not stable enough, as things often break when commits are made in the repository.

  2. Frank Karlitschek

    Thanks for you comment. You are right that we have to spend more time in testing and stabilizing the releases. But this doesn´t necessary mean that we need longer development cycles. I think we can still go with a 4 month cycle but with a longer testing phase in this 4 month.

  3. fly

    Dear Frank,
    do you have an opinion and possible realization date for the following very small but important issue (see also here
    and here )

    In Words:
    SSL Proxy SUPPORT in the Code:–
    “MANY users wish to use Owncloud, BUT they NEED to use an SSL Proxy Server (Such as all-inkl for example offers:


  4. Frank Karlitschek

    Hi Fly,

    we are working on that. It´s difficult to fix because there are a million different ways to configure webservers and proxys.
    It would be great if you could provide some more information what exactly is not working. Beside that we welcome patches if you find the place where the url calculation is not working. 🙂


  5. fly

    Dear Frank,
    I think its pretty well described here, inclusive the code for the solution in OC4.02 (See first Comment):

    If not enough info, I hope others with more technical knowledge can assist you…

  6. fly

    So wie ich sehe, wird hier sogar Hilfestellung angeboten, um OC nativ SSL-Proxy-fähig zu machen:

  7. richardson heights

    Oh my God, this is the greatest thing ever. Installation was easy, got up and running in about 30 minutes, and now have a free 250GB online drive with the leftover storage in my hosting plan. Seriously, this is incredible. I can’t wait to play with it more.

    Fantastic job. Schoene Gruesse aus Texas, NBB

  8. Unknown

    there any plans to implement something like Evernote?


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