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‘Wie Nextcloud Merkel vor Trump beschützt’ - Oder wie eine freie, selbst gehostete Cloud deine Daten schützt

Auf der diesjährigen No-Spy Konferenz werde ich einen Vortrag mit dem etwas provokanten Titel: “‘Wie Nextcloud Merkel vor Trump beschützt’ - Oder wie eine freie, selbst gehostete Cloud deine Daten schützt” halten. Worum soll es dabei genau gehen? Spätestens seit Snowden wissen wir das Geheimdienste auf der ganzen Welt unsere Daten sammeln und analysieren. Seit dem Facebook-Cambridge-Analytica-Skandal wissen wir auch das Unternehmen unsere privatesten Daten schamlos sammeln, auswerten und sowohl für kommerzielle als auch für politische Zwecke verwenden. Mehr...

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...

Nextcloud Conference 2017: Free Software licenses in a Nutshell

At this years Nextcloud conference I gave a lightening talk about Free Software licenses. Free Software developers often like to ignore the legal aspects of their project, still I think it is important to know at least some basics. The license you chose and other legal decisions you make are a important cornerstone to define the basic rules of the community around your code. Making good choices can enable a level playing field for a large, diverse and growing community. Read more...

The most sincere form of flattery

CC BY-ND 2.0 by Daniel Lee Nextcloud now exists for almost exactly 8 months. During this time we put a lot of efforts in polishing existing features and developing new functionality which is crucial to the success of our users and customers. As promised, everything we do is Free Software (also called Open Source), licensed under the terms of the GNU APGLv3. This gives our users and customers the most possible flexibility and independence. 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...

Freedom for whom?

CC BY SA 2.0 by Quinn Dombrowski This discussion is really old. Since the first days of the Free Software movement people like to debate to whom the freedom in Free Software is directed? The users? The code? The developers? Often this goes along with a discussion about copyleft vs non-protecting Free Software licenses like the BSD- and the MIT-License. I don’t want to repeat this discussion but look at the question from a complete different angle. Read more...