OwnCloud Issues Statement Over Today's Nextcloud Fork, OwnCloud Inc Closes Up Shop
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 2 June 2016 at 07:45 PM EDT. 28 Comments
FREE SOFTWARE --
This morning it went public that ownCloud was forked into Nextcloud by many of the former contributors including ownCloud's founder. The ownCloud company has now responded.

A statement was posted today to ownCloud.com concerning the Nextcloud announcement. Highlights include:

- "Unfortunately, the announcement has consequences for ownCloud, Inc. based in Lexington, MA. Our main lenders in the US have cancelled our credit. Following American law, we are forced to close the doors of ownCloud, Inc. with immediate effect and terminate the contracts of 8 employees. The ownCloud GmbH is not directly affected by this and the growth of the ownCloud Foundation will remain a key priority."

- "ownCloud will continue to deliver software and maintenance to our future and existing customer base. Support, consulting and professional services continue to be available."

- "One of Frank’s criticisms concerned the need to strengthen the Community. In this regard, we have been working on the creation of the ownCloud Foundation, the formation of which we announced earlier this week. The Foundation’s board will consist of 7 members, among them developers elected from the GitHub community, community users and one ownCloud representative. This will strengthen the Community in the long term, and ensures the availability of a free, entirely open source version of ownCloud. The Community Edition is and remains the backbone of our company."
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