The new version of Nextcloud 17 has already been released, which it is platform developed as a fork of the ownCloud project, created by the main developers of this system. Nextcloud and ownCloud allow you to implement full cloud storage on your server systems with support for data exchange and synchronization.
Nextcloud provides tools for sharing, control of changes, support for playing multimedia content and view documents directly from the web interface, the ability to synchronize data between different machines, the ability to view and edit data from any device anywhere on the network.
Access to data can be organized using the web interface and the WebDAV protocol and its CardDAV and CalDAV extensions.
Unlike the Google Drive, Dropbox, Yandex.Disk and box.net services, the ownCloud and Nextcloud projects give the user full control over their data: the information is not tied to external closed cloud storage systems, but which is placed on user-controlled equipment.
Main news of Nextcloud 17
Among the main novelties of this new version of Nextcloud the addition of the «Remote wipe» function stands out which allows users to delete files on mobile devices and administrators delete data from all devices of a given user.
The feature can be useful when you need to allow a third party to download some files in the process of working on a project, and after completing collaboration to delete them.
Another novelty that stands out is «Nextcloud Text» which is a standalone test editor with support for Markdown markup and version changes, allowing you to edit the text together without installing advanced editors such as Collabora Online and ONLYOFFICE.
The editor integrates seamlessly with the video call and chat system to organize the teamwork of a group of people in a document.
In addition, it is also highlighted that added secure viewing mode for confidential text documents, PDF files and images, in which public copies of protected files can be watermarked and concealed from public discharge areas based on attached tags.
The watermark includes the exact time and user who uploaded the document. This function can be used when required to prevent information leakage (to trace the source of the leak), but at the same time makes the document available for review by certain groups;
The ability to configure two-factor authentication has been implemented after the first login.
The administrator has the opportunity to generate unique tokens for emergency entry in case of impossibility to apply the second factor. As a second factor, TOTP (eg Google Authenticator), Yubikeys or Nitrokeys tokens, SMS, Telegram, Signal and spare codes are supported.
The Outlook add-in provides support for secure mailboxes. To protect against interception of letter text, the recipient is sent an email notification of a new letter with a link and login options, and the text and attachments are displayed only after entering Nextcloud .
Of the other changes that stand out in this new version:
- Added the ability to work with LDAP in record mode, allowing you to manage users in LDAP from Nextcloud.
- Integrated with IBM Spectrum Scale and Collabora Online Global Scale services, and additional version support for S3.
- Optimized performance and responsiveness of the interface.
- Reduced the number of requests from the server during the page load process
- Optimization of in-store write operations
- A new event dispatch interface and initial state manager
Download Nextcloud 17
Finally, for those who are interested in downloading this new version of Nextcloud, they can go to the following link.