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CS3 Workshop 2018 - Global Scale and the future of Federated Cloud Sharing

At this years CS3 Workshop in Krakow I presented the current state of Nextcloud’s Global Scale architecture. Probably the most interesting part of the talk was the current development in the area of Federated Cloud Sharing, a central component of Global Scale. Originally, Federated Cloud Sharing was developed by Frank Karlitschek and me in 2014 at ownCloud. These day it enables cloud solutions from ownCloud, Pydio and Nextcloud to exchange files. Read more...

Cloud Federation – Getting Social

With Nextcloud 11 we continue to work on one of our hot topics: Cloud Federation. This time we focus on the social aspects. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to share their contact information. This enabled users to find each other and to start sharing. Therefore we extended the user profile in the personal settings. As the screenshot at the top shows, users can now add a wide range of information to their personal settings and define the visibility for each of them by clicking on the small icon next to it. Read more...

Keynote at Open16 - Restore the Internet

This year I was invented to the Open16 in Mechelen (Belgium) to give a keynote. It was a really nice event with many interesting presentation and talks. I was asked by the organizer to started the keynote with the history of Nextcloud. Why did we started Nextcloud and what do we want to do different. Then I moved on with the main topic: “Restore the Internet - free, decentralized, open”. Why it is important and what we are doing at Nextcloud to make it happen. Read more...

Transfer Public Links to Federated Shares

Transform a public link to a federated share Creating public links and sending them to your friends is a widely used feature of Nextcloud. If the recipient of a public link also has a Nextcloud or ownCloud account he can use the “Add to your Nextcloud” button to mount the content over WebDAV to his server. On a technical level all mounted public links use the same token, the one of the public link, to reference the shared file. Read more...

History and Future of Cloud Federation

Federated Cloud Sharing – Connect self-hosted, decentralized clouds I’m now working for about two years on something called Federated Cloud Sharing. It started on June, 23er 2014 with the release of ownCloud 7.0. Back then it was simply called “Server to Server sharing”. During all this years I never wrote about the broader ideas behind this technology, why we do it, what we achieved and where we are going. Read more...

Federated Sharing – What’s new in ownCloud 9.0

Privacy, control and freedom was always one of the main reasons to run your own cloud instead of storing your data on a proprietary and centralized service. Only if you run your own cloud service you know exactly where your data is stored and who can access it. You are in control of your data. But this also introduces a new challenge. If everyone runs his own cloud service it become inevitable harder to share pictures with your friends or to work together on a document. Read more...

The next Generation of Code Hosting Platforms

CC BY-SA 2.0 by Christiaan Colen The last few weeks there has been a lot of rumors about GitHub. GitHub is a code hosting platform which tries to make it as easy as possible to develop software and collaborate with people. The main achievement from GitHub is probably to moved the social part of software development to a complete new level. As more and more Free Software initiatives started using GitHub it became really easy to contribute a bug fix or a new feature to the 3rd party library or application you use. Read more...