Last weekend many of us have been visiting beautiful crazy Brussels and meeting thousands of open source humans at #FOSDEM. It was awesome, wasn’t it? Still, some rumors were spread about ownCloud and open source and the future of code, project and community.
Beware, don’t believe everything you heard from some of our competitors, they are probably just malinformed. Most of the rumors are obviously just spreading FUD, especially when there’s rants and whispers without sources saying ownCloud was dead or will be proprietary. That is plainly wrong, and there’s a FOSDEM presentation (PDF) (about the 5 Million user setup in the Bavarian school cloud) that shows the truth - we are fine and getting more and more new, very large customers, like most recently the European Science Cloud! And mind: We are winning these opportunities and tenders BECAUSE we are much more open source than our competition.
“ownCloud is the Open-Source-Brand of Kiteworks. Full Stop.” (CXO David Walter at FOSDEM)
AFAIK, already in December, Kiteworks signed legal documents that clearly show the huge open source commitment. Even more so, Infinite Scale was actually the reason for the merger. KW wants a modern, high-tech, high-availability, endlessly scaling and OPEN SOURCE backend. And that is exactly what the new stack from Go to cloud native microservices and more has to offer.
You don’t believe that? Then watch my colleague’s presentation at FOSDEM. Our CXO David Walter spoke to some thousands of listeners in Libre Universite de Bruxelles largest auditorium, and he made it perfectly clear: #kiteworks bought us BECAUSE of the superior technology in #InfiniteScale. No more Lamp needed … No more PHP woes with a gazillion old apps, no more PHP update trouble and farewell to PHP library or version hell. There’s a huge commitment to Infinite Scale here, and the merger is the proof that we’re ahead of our competition. By far.
Here’s the link to David’s Slides (PDF):
The full video will be linked here soon:
FOSDEM 2024 - How to Build an Open Source School Cloud for 5 Million Users