KDE releases openCloud web-based storage app update
The KDE project has announced the release of version 1.1 of ownCloud, an open, web-based storage application which runs on a user's personal server. According to KDE contributor and openCloud founder Frank Karlitschek, thanks to a growing development team, the 1.1 update includes a variety of bug fixes, as well as new features.
The latest release of ownCloud features a new plug-in system, new user management controls and experimental PostgreSQL support. Other changes include clean up of the existing code, a text viewer with syntax highlighting and support for OCS private attribute storage and activity. Karlitschek says that future updates will include versioning of all files using Git as a back end, improved file sharing and a syncing client to allow users to access their files while off-line.
Unlike other cloud based services, such as Google Docs, Dropbox or Ubuntu One, users don't need to upload their private data to a closed, centralised server. With openCloud, users have full control over their data and can access their information over the web from a variety of devices. First started at Camp KDE'10, openCloud also allows users to share their files with other people and it supports automatic backups, versioning and encryption using SSL.
Further information about the release can be found in the official release announcement and in the change log. Version 1.1 of ownCloud is available to download (direct download) from the project's site. Source code for ownCloud is hosted on Gitorius and is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPLv3).
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