[owncloud-devel] ownCloud 8 alpha 1

Frank Karlitschek frank at owncloud.org
Fri Jan 2 01:44:04 GMT 2015

Hi everyone,

the ownCloud 8.0 alpha 1 release is done and ready.

You find the download here:

It would be great if everyone could go over the wiki page and add the features that where added in case something is missing.

There are a few changes about the packaging. 

ownCloud is getting bigger and bigger with every release. The number of features and also the pure code size is growing like crazy. This means that it becomes more and more difficult to release and test and maintain one big monolithic package.

Additionally we have now more and more relatively independent 3rdparty apps and developers who use the ownCloud server core as a platform to deliver great features but are relatively independent from the core code and developers. This is great and exactly as it should be. ownCloud can´t grow anymore if everything has to be synchronized to do one big release.

Because of that we have to modularize a few thing starting with ownCloud 8.0.

ownCloud 8 will be a smaller release as ownCloud 7 and contain only the basic file sync and share functionality. Apps like Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks, Documents and search_lucene will move to the AppStore and will no longer be part of the tar/zip file that we release as ownCloud 8. Obviously they are still very important core parts of ownCloud itself. But not everything will be in one gigantic tar file.
The user experience is not a lot difficult than today because this apps can be installed and activated with one click on the apps page exactly as today. But this has the benefit that the maintainers of this apps can release and push updates independently from the server releases.
This is exactly the same model as we already have for the News app, the music app or others. This is working great. 

The workflows to release a new version of an app and to install and update it as a user was already improved compared with 7 but a lot more work has to go into that of course to make everything super smooth.
Additionally there will be some improvements to the AppStore processes. Most importantly the cool new ocdev tool from Radiation to make pushing updates more easily. 

There is another change for the ones who care about the ownCloud Enterprise Edition. The Enterprise Edition will be no longer a completely separate release. Instead in will be a set a additional apps and enhancements that can be installed on top of the same server release. This makes the life of everyone easier.

So what are the next steps?
For January if would be great if everyone could concentrate on testing and bugfixing ownCloud 8/master so that we have a great release in 4 weeks.

The full release schedule is on the botton of this page:

Thanks a lot to everyone who contributed to this release in ownCloud in general. This is the work of an awesome community.

Let me know if you have any questions.


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