Archive for August, 2013

ownCloud Client 1.4.0 beta 2

August 17, 2013 Leave a comment

We released a ownCloud Client 1.4.0 beta 2. Sources and binaries are availabe at the client download page for you. We kindly ask for more testing.

First and foremost, beta 2 fixes a severe bug on the windows platform which was the root cause for a lot of other bug you might have experienced, such as infinite sync loops and similar. Please urgently prefer the beta2 over beta1 for testing.

Other fixes went into polishing of the new progress display, the sync protocol window which is not sync-folder centric any more and many other places.

We encourage thorough testing of this version, especially the new features. In addition, we would like to ask you to check the open issues in and tag them with the “1.4” tag if they are still reproducible.

Thanks a lot for your enthusiasm. That helps us to improve ownCloud.

Csync Upstream Release 0.50.0

August 5, 2013 1 comment

Last week Andreas did an upstream release of the file synchronization software csync. Frequent readers know that csync is the sync engine that is used in the ownCloud client, so this is a very important and special release for us.

Yeah for upstream! The new release contains a lot of features and changes me and my collegues worked on during the last 18 month: First we added the ownCloud module to csync upstream, so that csync now is able to sync local directories to an ownCloud server. The ownCloud client works on platforms Linux and MacOSX and Windows. That required a lot of (tricky) changes to the csync platform which we carefully backported to csync upstream.

There are much more changes, such as: More compilers supported, a new logging framework, a new base lib to do unit testing, removal of not so common dependencies and other infrastructure changes. But also on the feature side there are more improvements, mainly to focus on a more easy and broader use of the csync library that allows to embed the sync functionality to various backends into other applications.

I am very happy that we kept our promise to contribute a lot of our changes back to upstream. Primarily that is the way to go in the open source world, you will say. But it was distressing to see how quickly people were whispering stuff like “Well, wouldn’t it be easier if you do a fork? Remember, you have to come to good results quickly for the company, why bother with an upstream project?”

For me, that wouldn’t be like companies in FOSS world should behave, and I know that on the long run, it would not be beneficial for the company either. So very good that the relevant people supported the idea of going with upstream from the beginning.

Does that mean that csync 0.50.0 and ocsync as shipped with ownCloud are the same now? No, unfortunately not. We did more changes on the ownCloud branch which need to be reviewed and probably won’t fit to csync the way they are now.
More work to be done, but we’re on the way!

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