Today’s announcement by our former colleague Frank Karlitschek, that he intends to launch a competitive product to ownCloud into the market using recently poached developers, has both surprised us and – admittedly – disappointed us. In the past, Frank has made a wealth of contributions to the development of the ownCloud Community Edition. With today’s announcement, he is no longer related to the ownCloud project and has started a competing community.
I maintain a couple of ownCloud instances, so this statement is somewhat concerning. I’m not sure about the extent of Frank’s contributions or how integral he has been to the project, but I figure he must have been a key player to warrant an announcement like this. So, not good news and I hope it doesn’t disrupt the ownCloud project too much.