1000 contributors!

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in KDE, ownCloud | 5 Comments

On the ownCloud blog, Jos shared today that the ownCloud community has hit an impressive milestone!

The project I started 6 years ago just got a contribution from the 1000th volunteer who considered ownCloud worth the time and effort to contribute code to! Only a year ago, we were so proud having hit over 550 contributors at our 5 year anniversary. It is stunning how fast ownCloud has continued to grow.

Around this great technology a massive ecosystem has grown, as evident in the almost 400.000 downloads the top-10 of apps on apps.owncloud.com has gotten! We’ve got third parties like the amazing Spreed private video conferencing, the JSXC Chat app and Collabora LibreOffice Online integrate their technologies with our cloud, making things possible we never thought of before.

Looking back, I’m very proud of the miracle we’ve pulled off. This shows, once again, how important a private cloud technology is and how powerful the community is in pushing it forward. There would be no ownCloud, Inc. without the community!

Similarly, the ownCloud community has benefited tremendously from the company and contributions by it and its customers and partners. No present-day issues can erase the great accomplishments of the past! Free and open source file sync and share technology has a bright future, one I wholeheartedly believe in and will continue to be a part of.

Of course, at the same time, some statistics also point to some strain in the community. Like ghtorrent which documents the number of pull requests which remain unmerged for a long time – a number that continues to rise, over 120 now. It is crucially important to give new contributors quick feedback and guide their code in to grow the contributor community. Sadly ownCloud, Inc. failed here to balance the community and company side. Something that should be done better for a true symbiotic relationship where both sides win.

A big thank you and hugs to my fellow ownCloud contributors!



  1. Thomas Müller

    > a number that continues to rise, over 120 now.

    To be really fair on this one – as we discussed many times in the past – if you remove ownCloud Inc employees from this statistics the number drops down to 72 open pull requests.

    Still a high number for sure … but let’s still be fair to each other 😉

    • Frank Karlitschek

      True. 🙂 There are challenges in other areas too that I didn’t want to discuss here.
      But I think the fact is that there is a problem, the trend is not good and this should be improved.
      What do you think?

      • Thomas Müller

        In a perfect world all pull requests are perfect from the beginning and can be merged right away.
        It would be interesting how many pull requests are merged in the same time frame.
        I really wonder how this relates …

        Maybe I do some number crunching during my vacation 😉

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