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Hand in Hand

June 21, 2012 1 comment

OBS Logoas you might know, ownCloud uses the Open Build Service (short OBS) to produce and distribute the binary packages for the various distributions we want to support.

The OBS is a great system as it does not only build for various Linuxes but also lets the users download the binary packages utilizing a huge mirroring infrastructure. All for you, all for the good of free software.

And there is even more: OBS offers a nice download page which can either be embedded into a projects webpage or be linked from it. Depending on the settings of the OBS project, for example the number of Linuxes it builds for, the page is adopted automatically. So you never again have to deal with lots of download links to the projects repository downloads. See the ownCloud Client Package download page as an living example.

Now the page had a shortcoming for apt based distributions. I became aware of it as the problem as well as the solution to it was nicely pointed out by this blog: Apt wants to have the key before it trusts the download source. OBS generates the key but its not obvious how to import.

This morning I told one of the brave OBS developers to the blog post and already now the solution is online. From now on, the download page also shows the exact command line to import the key. Isn’t that great how quickly things become better if a couple of people do a little bit work together?

Thanks a lot, guys, really cool…

ownCloud BOF at Akademy 2012

June 17, 2012 1 comment

Akademy 2012 isn’t far any more and I just registered for a BOF at this years Akademy in Tallin. It will take place in Room 419 on monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 10:30.


Subject of the BOF will be the integration between KDE and ownCloud. As onwCloud originated from the KDE project we should meet and think together again how we can provide useful integration for the users combining the power of both technologies.

After a short overview of where the ownCloud project is going and what the recent achievements are (if participants are interested) I think we should concentrate on the technical level.

There are a couple of rough ideas already how we can integrate on a technical level, such as

  • Integration of the ownCloud data storage in the KDE user experience.
  • KDE features for the ownCloud Desktop Client like KWallet integration or KDE SSL certificate management.
  • Synchronisation of PIM data like contacts, addresses, bookmarks or RSS feeds
  • a syncing API for application data to be synced in KDE applications.
  • Syncing of KDE application configurations.
  • Plasma integration of ownCloud/syncing client.

I am sure there will be more we can come up with. Let me know upfront if you want me to put it on the list or even better show up at the BOF in person.

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