How to boost the mastodon adoption

Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 by Frank Karlitschek Nextcloud, Open Source

I think social networking is one of the very important pillars of an open and free IT world. I’m personally fascinated by how social media is changing the world. I was involved in the creating creation of the biggest social network in Germany in the 90s. Later in the early 2000s I developed and ran the network which had social networking features way before Facebook, Twitter and all the other current giants.

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The Nextcloud product strategy, goals and roadmap

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022 by Frank Karlitschek Nextcloud, Open Source

All software needs to have clearly defined goal. Something it wants to achieve. A reason for its existence. For Nextcloud it is the following: It’s clear that communicating and collaborating through the internet is the future. Some people realised this a long time ago. The rest have realised it now after COVID-19 forced all of us to work, study and learn from home. For Nextcloud this is nothing new. Nextcloud is built by a worldwide distributed community of volunteers who, of course, communicate and collaborate through the internet.

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Open Source is more than licenses

Monday, Aug 26, 2019 by Frank Karlitschek Nextcloud, Open Source

A few weeks ago I was honored to deliver the keynote of the Open Source Awards in Edinburgh. I decided to talk about a subject that I wanted to talk about for quite some time but never found the right opportunity for. There is no video recording of my talk but several people asked me for a summary. So I decided to use some spare time in a plane to summarize it in a blog post.

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2018 and 2019

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 by Frank Karlitschek

2018 is over and 2019 starts. This is a great opportunity to look back, reflect and to try to look into the future. I predict that 2019 will be a very good year for privacy, open source and decentralized cloud software. Maybe even the mainstream breakthrough of federated and decentralized internet services! Let me explain why: The mainstream opinion about centralized services started to change in 2018 and I think this trend will continue in 2019.

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Nextcloud 14 and Video Verification

Monday, Sep 10, 2018 by Frank Karlitschek

Today the Nextcloud community released Nextcloud 14. This release comes with a ton of improvements in the areas of User Experience, Accessibility, Speed, GDPR compliance, 2 Factor Authentication, Collaboration, Security and many other things. You can find an overview here But there is one feature I want to highlight because I find it especially noteworthy and interesting. Some people ask us why we are doing more than the classic file sync and share.

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Nextcloud Talk is here

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 by Frank Karlitschek

Today is a big day. The Nextcloud community is launching a new product and solution called Nextcloud Talk. It’s a full audio/video/chat communication solution which is self hosted, open source and super easy to use and run. This is the result of over 1.5 years of planing and development. For a long time it was clear to me that the next step for a file sync and share solution like Nextcloud is to have communication and collaboration features build into the same platform.

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Nextcloud gets End to End Encryption

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 by Frank Karlitschek

Today is a special day for Nextcloud and me because Nextcloud gets a cool and important new capability. This is end to end encryption for file sync and share. Nextcloud supports server side encryption for a long time and all file transfer over the internet is encrypted with TLS/SSL of course. But there is still the need for full end to end encryption to make sure that the data is secure in all scenarios.

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Is doing nothing evil?

Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 by Frank Karlitschek

Last weekend I attended the openSUSE conference in Nürnberg. This is a really nice conference. Awesome location, great people, and an overall very relaxed atmosphere. I gave a talk about Nextcloud Security and what we plan to do in the future to make hosting a Nextcloud instance even easier and more secure. I attended the Saturday keynote which triggered a reaction on my side that I wanted to share. This is only my personal opinion and I’m sure a lot of people think differently.

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The development of Global Scale

Monday, May 22, 2017 by Frank Karlitschek

The architecture of Nextcloud is a classic Web Application architecture. I picked this architecture 7.5 years ago because it is very well known and is proven to be scaled relatively easily. This usually works with off the shelf technologies like http load balancers, clusters of Linux webservers and clustered databases. But for many years users and customers asked for ways to distribute a single instance over several datacenters. A lot of users and customers run organizations that are not in one office or sometimes not even in one country or on one continent.

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Nextcloud is about collaboration

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by Frank Karlitschek

Today the Nextcloud community released the Nextcloud 12 beta. The final release will be out later this month. This is a major new step forward. And it is also an interesting release because we are entering a new area for the product. At the beginning, 7 years ago the focus was clearly file sync and share. Of course this term did not exist at the time or at least I didn’ know it.

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Interesting times

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 by Frank Karlitschek

I usually don’t write political blog posts, especially if it relates to a country of which I’m not a citizen off nor live in. While I definitely have very clear opinions and views, I want to stay neutral in this blog and only talk about the technology side of things. It seems that the new US administration is in the process of shaking-up a lot of traditions and regulations, while also redefining the relations between the USA and the rest of the world.

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6 months of Nextcloud

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

Last Friday was the 6 month anniversary of Nextcloud, a good opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have achieved since we started. I also have some interesting news to share, including that Nextcloud GmbH is a profitable company already! Half a year ago a most of the ownCloud engineering team including myself started the Nextcloud project. Our goal was to take lessons from the past and create a next generation open source project with a better, more stable company behind it.

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A vision for Nextcloud

Monday, Aug 8, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

In the past few weeks I talked a lot about thing we want to improve in Nextcloud. Fair community involvement, transparency, no CLA and no closed source apps, a better business model, working closer with customers and partners and more. But today I want to talk where I see the future of Nextcloud as a product. The challenge Nowadays we are storing more and more of our information in the cloud.

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Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

This is a big one! As announced 5 weeks ago I left ownCloud, Inc., The company that I co-founded. Not because I abandoned ownCloud or the idea behind it. Actually the opposite. I don’t want to go into details but there are a lot of things that could have been better at ownCloud Inc. Usually this is something that could just be ignored. You leave your job and work somewhere else.

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1000 contributors!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

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.

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big changes: I am leaving ownCloud, Inc. today

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

Recently I had to make one of my hardest decisions so far. Because this has an impact beyond myself I want to share this here: I am leaving ownCloud, Inc. today. But, the journey of ownCloud and Frank is not over! 6 years ago until now I founded the ownCloud project a little over 6 years ago with the goal to enable home users, companies, universities and big enterprises to host their own cloud services and files.

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9.0 is the biggest ownCloud release so far

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

I’m super happy to report that ownCloud 9.0 is released today. This is the biggest and most important ownCloud release so far with a ton of performance improvements, bug fixes, cleanup but also new features. Especially exiting is that fact that more people have contributed to this release then ever before. We also collaborated more with partners then ever. Examples are CERN and AARNET. This is possible because of the open and community oriented development process of ownCloud.

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The privacy endgame

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

It seems that our generation will be known as the generation who decides if people will still have privacy in the future or not. Will people still have the tools to protect their digital lives in the same way their are able to protect their analog lives? Over the centuries people figured out ways to lock their home for strangers, protect their family life, their money transactions, keep their sexual orientation and health record private and protect everything else they didn’t want to share.

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Screen-saver rant

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

I’m an old guy who is in IT for a long long time. The reason why I love computer and information technology is the constant change, improvements, new technologies, business models, companies, products, use cases appear, have their golden age and disappear again. I love this reinvention and questioning of the past. This is what makes IT for me more exiting than a lot of other areas of our world.

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Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

I launched, the first website in the network nearly 15 years ago. This is a long time and I announced today that I sold the network to Blue Systems. So I think it is time for a look back at how everything started and where we are today. How it started I became really interested in Desktop Linux around 1996 when a friend of mine showed me a beta of KDE 1.

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Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 by Frank Karlitschek

Today I have very exiting news to share. Effectively January 1 2016, my company hive01 GmbH has been bought by Blue Systems GmbH. hive01 GmbH runs the network of sites like,,, and all the other 30 websites As you might know I have founded the website network 15 years ago and was running it since then. Over the years the websites and the company grew significantly with the help of a great team and two VCs.

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My 2015 and looking at 2016

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

Today 2015 end and 2016 begins. So I want to use the opportunity to look back what happened in the ownCloud world in the last 12 month but also in my personal life. I’m very thankful to work with so many skilled, friendly and dedicated people in the ownCloud community to push this idea and product forward. This is just amazing. So what are the most awesome things to look back on?

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Why Linux should thank Microsoft and why the future is dark

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

People in my generation are used to the fact that you can install a new operating system on any computer. But if you look back in the history of computing and look forward towards the future you realize that this is the exception and not the rule. For a long time hardware and software, at least the operating system part, were sold and used together. The software is already installed on the hardware when you buy it from the manufacturers and can’t easily be replaced because it is tied very closely together.

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Say hello to 8.2

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

Today the ownCloud community releases ownCloud 8.2. 8.2 sounds like a small improvement compared to 8.1 that was released in July. But 8.2 is major release with a ton of improvements which makes this release one of the most important so far. Main new features are: Next generation Web UI The web interface of ownCloud was improved in a lot of significant areas. The overall design is way more modern with a lighter font, lighter colors and less visual clutter.

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Refugees in Germany

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

Two weeks ago I visited 10 refugee camps in Germany and talked with a lot of fugitives. Most of them where happy to tell their stories and agreed to be photographed. Here is a photo series of 9 of them. [envira-gallery id=”556″] License of the photos is: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Full photos can be found on

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User Data Manifesto 2.0 launched

Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

In October 2012 I announced the first version of the User Data Manifesto during the Latinoware Keynote in Brazil. The idea was to define some basic right that all users should have in the digital age. This was still before the Snowden revelations. But it was already very clear that the privacy and security is at risk by cloud services and SaaS solutions that totally ignore the rights and interests of their users.

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Announcing the draft Federated Cloud Sharing API

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

Here you go: link I believe that federation of cloud services is the next important step for truly secure and flexible file sync and share cloud software. Because of that we are working for a while on the needed technologies and now have the first draft of an open specification ready. The goal of the Federated Cloud Sharing API is to be a common language for sharing files across different file sharing server implementations.

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A huge step forward by doing 1000 small steps

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

Today the ownCloud community released ownCloud 8.1. You might think it sounds like a smaller release because we called this 8.1 instead of 9.0 but you’d be wrong. The contributor community hasn’t slowed down, quite the opposite. By the end of last year we decided to do smaller releases instead of huge ones. Because of that we will jump to a major version number only once a year and will increase the minor version number for the other releases.

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Building a platform

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

From the very beginning ownCloud has had bigger ambitions then just being a file sync and share tool. This is apparent from the name ownCloud. Today, we have more than our documents and photos online. Our social networks and shared thoughts, our appointments and shopping lists, audio and video conversations all happen and are stored somehwere ‘in the cloud’, all connected. You can comment on a song you like for others to see or share an appointment with co workers.

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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 by Frank Karlitschek

I’ve visited both FOSDEM and SCALE over the last weeks, where spoke with dozens of people and gave talks about ownCloud 8. We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on the work we’re doing in ownCloud (thanks!) and that has been very motivating. Does it scale? A question which comes up frequently is: “What hardware should I run ownCloud on?” This sounds like a simple questions but if you give it a second thought, it is actually not so easy to answer.

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2014 and 2015

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 by Frank Karlitschek

In just a few hours 2014 ends. This is a great opportunity to look back at what happened this year in the ownCloud world and in my personal life. This was an absolutely crazy 12-month so this blog post is now way longer that I planed. A huge thanks you to everyone in the ownCloud community. It´s a blast to work together with so many clever and friendly people from all over the world.

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Ohio Linux Fest

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 by Frank Karlitschek

This Friday the Ohio Linux Fest kicks off in downtown Columbus and I’ll be there! It is my first Linux Fest in the US so I greatly look forward to being introduced in this grand tradition. Of course, I’ll be talking about ownCloud on Saturday the 25, from 13:00 to 14:00 room D142-143. The title of the talk is “crushing data silos with ownCloud”: helping people liberate their data from the centralized services they have stored it on.

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A possible future for PHP

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 by Frank Karlitschek

ownCloud is one of the biggest open source project written in PHP if you look into the latest statistics. It is used for the server part of ownCloudas most of you know. We use other technologies like C++ and Qt for the Desktop Clients, Java for the Android app and Objective-C for iOS, JavaScript for the web-interface and more. But the heart of ownCloud is the server component which is using PHP 5.

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ownCloud 7 is out!

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 by Frank Karlitschek

We just published ownCloud 7! This awesome release brings many new features. Among them, I’m most excited about the server to server sharing. Server to server sharing is a first step in true federation of data with ownCloud: you can add a folder shared with you from another ownCloud instance into your own. Next step would of course be to also share things like user accounts and data like chat, contacts, calendar and more.

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ownCloud 6 is here

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 by Frank Karlitschek

Quality. ownCloud is a very fast moving project so it is super important to balance innovative new features with rock solid stability. The ownCloud community introduced several important techniques to improve the quality. As a result we fixed a huge amount of bugs in this release. Also some very old and annoying issues are finally gone. I think this is very important for a lot of users. We will release a series of bugfix releases for in the next few month to iron out the last remaining issues.

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Introducing ownCloud 6

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 by Frank Karlitschek

Activity feed. See what is going on in your ownCloud Improved design. Less visual clutter and more space for better focus Performance. Improved performance across the board. Avatars. People can upload pictures of themselves that augment their interactions, so users are easily recognized by others. Previews. Thumbnails for filetypes are shown in the interface. Conflict handling. A new web conflict dialog if a file is uploaded that already exists. ownCloud App API.

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Introducing CONTRIBOOK

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 by Frank Karlitschek

I wan’t to introduce a small side project of me today that we needed for ownCloud but could be useful for other too. It’s call CONTRIBOOK and I planed to do this for many years. Lately I was sitting in planes and trains a lot so I have some time to finally do the version 1.0 It’s a tool that can be used for community building and showing community activity as we wanted to do on ownCloud.

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Thoughts on privacy

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 by Frank Karlitschek

There is currently a huge public discussion going on about privacy, what it means in the Internet age, is it important or an outdated concept? Are there exceptions allowed? Does the government have special rights to see private documents and communication of the people? Does the government have the right to keep information about what it is doing private or should the government be 100% transparent? Is security more important than privacy?

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The new ownCloud 5 features!

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 by Frank Karlitschek

Yesterday I blogged about the ownCloud 5 release in general and I promised to blog today about all the features that are new and improved in ownCloud 5 New design In ownCloud 5, the main navigation was redesigned to clearly differentiate it from the in-app navigations. This also allows the app more room and thus a better focus on the content of your ownCloud directories. Settings and Log-out menus were combined into a user menu on the top right, which also shows the currently logged in user and makes it more intuitive to use.

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new years blog post

Monday, Dec 31, 2012 by Frank Karlitschek

In a few hours 2012 ends and 2013 begins. So it is a good opportunity to recap and look back what happend in the past 12 month in the ownCloud world. I must say that is was an awesome year where a lot of things happened that are worth mentioning. A huge thank you to everybody in the ownCloud community and my coworkers at ownCloud Inc. which made all this possible.

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The User Data Manifesto

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 by Frank Karlitschek

This blog post is about an initiative that I just announced during the Latinoware 2012 keynote here in beautiful Brazil. As you probably know I care a lot about user data, privacy, cloud and Internet services. I initiated the open collaboration services standard to build a decentralized social network in 2008 way before it was hip to do it and before Diaspora or emerged. OCS is not federated as newer protocols but it is distributed, open and not centralized.

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New software day

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 by Frank Karlitschek

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

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ownCloud 4 released

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Frank Karlitschek

Today the ownCloud community released ownCloud 4. This is an important milestone for us as a community, for the product and for our code base. So what are the new features? File Encryption File Versioning Mounting of external Filesystems (experimental) TODOs App Drag & Drop File Uploading Shared Calendars Calendar categories Hugely improved contacts app including groups Improved WebDAV, CalDAV, CardDAV compatibility Movable Apps Improved External App Improved Sharing of Files Overall Performance Improvements System/User Exporting/Importing User/Groups support via LDAP/AD Viewer for ODF Files Improved Photo Gallery Improved installation of 3rd Party Apps Logging via syslog New public API for App developers Lots of bug fixes, smaller enhancements and UX improvements.

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What a weekend

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 by Frank Karlitschek

Just recovery from our weekend-long ownCloud development meeting — and what a meeting it was. Held here in the Stuttgart ownCloud offices, myself and 18 ownCloud contributors from across Europe borrowing down on the next version of ownCloud (coming next month) — coding, brainstorming new features and functions and having fun. We worked on a lot of different features: General stabilization of the ownCloud 4 code base. Work on a solution that solves the big file upload problem once and for all.

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We want you for ownCloud

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 by Frank Karlitschek

Very good PHP skills Good skills of HTML5/CSS/JS Good skills of SQL Experience with the internals of ownCloud Experience with Open Source development Located in Germany or the U.S. Experience with enterprise technologies like LDAP, SAML, Clustering is a plus.

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ownCloud 3 released

Monday, Jan 30, 2012 by Frank Karlitschek

Our labor of love is out today and I know you will share my excitement when you spend a little time with Version 3 of ownCloud. What’s so exciting? Well, let me start with the extensive polishing the community has done to the look and feel – and the performance – of the calendar and contact applications. Besides a completely new and more user-friendly web interface, new features include repeating events and automatic time zone detection.

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ownCloud Inc. and the ownCloud community

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 by Frank Karlitschek

The ownCloud project is 2 years old next month!! Today is an exciting day because today we announce a company as an addition to the open source project to push ownCloud forward. ownCloud Inc. will offer ownCloud services and support to enterprises in addition to to the normal open source version. ownCloud Inc. will help us to spread ownCloud and free cloud services in general – way more than we could have done without.

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ownCloud 2 is released

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 by Frank Karlitschek

Today is a really happy and exiting day for me. After one and a half years of work the ownCloud community just released the shiny new version 2 of ownCloud. ownCloud 2 has a great new userinterface, lot´s of exciting new features like calendar and addressbook syncing, sharing of files, OpenID consumer and provider, a great new mediaplayer with an ampache interface, support for more installable 3rd party applications, a key value storage for KDE applications, integration of desktop notifications and a lot more cool and useful features.

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ownCloud update

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 by Frank Karlitschek

A lot of cool stuff is happening around ownCloud at the moment. François is working on a super cool new webinterface. It looks really nice. Login: Files : Logs : User settings : We have a cool new audioplayer so people have easy access to their media from all their devices. This works with Amarok or just your browser. Several people are working on a syncing client for KDE.

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The Qtest Mobile App Port Contest early bird winners are here

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 by Frank Karlitschek

It´s amazing that we have already 33 applications ported and submitted for the contest. All the applications are available on and soon on the Ovi store. The jury looked at all the submissions in the last 2 weeks and picked the 5 winners of the early bird contest. So here are the 5 lucky winners of the early bird competition and an N900 smartphone. Quang Pham for 2eat Flavio Castelli for rockmarble

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Qtest Mobile App Port Contest launched

Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 by Frank Karlitschek

<div> Remember that you can win 10.000,- so please consider to make your KDE or Qt application ready for mobile. </div> <div> </div> <div> Please make sure that you also provide binaries for you applications. This makes is a lot easier for the jury to test you application. </div> <div> </div> <div> Have fun and good luck. </div> <div> </div> <div> Cheers </div> <div> Frank </div>

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ownCloud 1.1 released

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 by Frank Karlitschek

10 minutes ago I released ownCloud 1.1 I´m really happy with this release. Not only because we have a lot of new features and bugfixes but also because the ownCloud development team is growing and more and more people are contributing to ownCloud. I gave several presentation about ownCloud in the last few month and I´m trilled by the positive reactions I get. People really seams to like to idea behind ownCloud.

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Small Cloud Survey

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

I will give a presentation at Camp KDE as some of you might know. The topic is KDE and cloud computing. The idea is to give an overview over the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing compared with native Qt applications. I plan to give some ideas how we as a free software community could combine the best of both world and see what we have to do to create something which is better than Chrome OS combined with the traditional KDE Desktop and still have control over our own data.

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Open Collaboration Services

Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

I just released the Version 1.4 of the Open Collaboration Services Specification. As usual all the new features are already implemented on all the sites.

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The Social Desktop Winners

Friday, Oct 9, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

Today we are announcing the winners of the Social Desktop Contest. The Social Desktop Contest was launched in June with the goal to bring Web 2.0 ideas and our user and developer community closer to the desktop and foster community development and innovations around the OCS API. There have been many new ideas and innovations coming from the community in the Social Desktop area and we received a large number of really good submissions.

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Open-PC users choose KDE

Monday, Sep 14, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

The first Open-PC survey is now finished. Over 12,000 people participated in our survey with interesting results: 48% choose KDE as the Desktop. 42% choose GNOME and 9% choose Xfce. 52% chose Amarok as mediaplayer and 88% choose Firefox as default Browser. You can find the complete survey results here: The second survey started today. Please give us your feedback: The new website is now online and replaces the old static dummy site.

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OCS 1.3 is done

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

10 minutes ago I released the open collaboration services API specification in version 1.3 <div> Some api call like person search for example can be access without authentification now. </div> <div> We limit the number of API call from specific IP address to prevent DOS attacks. </div> <div> You can do 50 API call from one IP address every 15min. Or 200 API calls from one IP every 15min if you are a authenticated user.

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Social Desktop Contest

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

Today we are launching the Social Desktop Contest. As you know the idea of the Social Desktop is to connect online webservices with desktop applications. We give away great prices to developers who help making this vision reality. The Open Collaboration Services API got a lot of new features in the past few month and is now stable. The first features will ship with KDE 4.3 but this is only the beginning.

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New Event Database

Monday, May 25, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

<div> </div> <div> Every user is free to register new events e.g. a KDE conference in London, a developer meeting in Berlin or just a little barbecue in a backyard. Your event will be listed in the events database and other users can &#8220;join&#8221; the event. </div> <div> New participants can be invited to take part in events, friends get automatically informed via the friend newsfeed that some of their friends go to an event.

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Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

Hi everyone, today, we are launching our sponsoring project. Aim of this project is to help,, and the other sites to keep it as you know it today and to help us to investigate into further new features, improvements, hosting and projects for our community. So what exactly is the sponsoring you may ask. Well, the sponsoring is a platform for companies and enterprises which want to prominent present their products, services and job offers on the openDesktop.

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Knowledge base feature

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

Hi everyone, we’ve noticed that there are just few people who are using our knowledge base/help feature. Many don’t even know that we have implemented this feature. A short reminder: every application on network e.g. or can have its own small user generated FAQ. If you have a question or a problem with an application you can post your question together with a description and up to three screenshots.

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Premium job board and

Thursday, Apr 9, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

Last year we announced the launch of our new job board for Linux and IT Experts. and The idea is to help Linux experts and open source companies to come together. The job offers and candidates are accessible and integrated in all websites of the network. For example, or Everybody can publish job offers or their own CV for free. The job board is not only for useful for companies and job seekers.

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Oporto and other stuff

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

I´m back from the Tokamak II in Oporto. It was a very interesting, productive and fun meeting. I find it very motivating to work in such a group of clever people on real innovation. By the way 14 developers from 8 countries. OpenID: From today on we support login via OpenID on the network. So,, and the other sites are now officially OpenID consumers. You can associate one or more OpenIDs with your useraccount.

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Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 by Frank Karlitschek

We started an interesting experiment. From today applications, artwork or document templates can be uploaded to, and for free downloading as before. But starting today, you may also select to sell them to users on the Marketplace of We try to do this in a way which is in line with the free software spirit The Marketplace/App Store on does not take a commission on sales.

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200.000 download per day

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2008 by Frank Karlitschek

Last week we at the network broke through the 200,000 downloads per day barrier. So over 200,000 applications, themes and wallpapers are downloaded per day. We have over 80 million page impressions per month at the moment and are still growing strong.

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My Perfect Desktop (part 1 – documents)

Thursday, Nov 20, 2008 by Frank Karlitschek

Over the last few month I though a lot about the future of desktop operating systems and how a perfect desktop operating should look like in my opinion. After discussing this stuff with friends I decided to blog about the ideas. Please post your comments and ideas. This is strictly from a user point of view. So this is not about technologies but about user experience. Lots of this stuff is already possible in recent linux distributions.

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draft 3 is finished

Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 by Frank Karlitschek

I just finished the draft 3 of the open collaboration services specifications. I got a lot of input from developers and users so the new version is more RESTfull, better documented and has more features. At the moment the services PERSON, FRIEND, MESSAGE, ACTIVITY and CONTENT are specified.

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Akademy rocks

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 by Frank Karlitschek

Like every year Akademy is really fun. It´s great to meet old and new friends and discuss KDE, new ideas and technologies.

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Servers Servers

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 by Frank Karlitschek

As you noticed the websites are very slow at the moment. We even had a complete server crash yesterday. I´m very sorry for the problems.

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Starting to Blog

Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 by Frank Karlitschek

A lot of people asked me to start blogging. It seams many people are interested in news about the network and the other community sites like,, or

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