La parole est aux speakers : Frank KARLITSCHEK

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Why PHP is still awesome in 2023

PHP is an essential component of Nextcloud's success. This talk explains how PHP's continuous evolution, extensive ecosystem, and compatibility with modern technologies make it the perfect choice for powering Nextcloud's secure and scalable cloud platform. PHP enables rapid development, seamless integration, and customization within the Nextcloud ecosystem. This talk gives a full overview how the Nextcloud community is leveraging the benefits of PHP to develop a powerful, secure, scalable and community enabled platform.

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Without spoiling your talk, what is the killer feature in PHP in all his history according to you?

There are so many aspects of PHP that I like. For example that it’s available on all important hosting and cloud platforms. It´s very light weight with a small memory and CPU foot print. The single request, single process architecture makes it very easy to scale horizontally. There are some Nextcloud installations with hundreds  independent applications servers. This is very easy to do with PHP. I also want to congratulate the PHP community to constantly improve the language and increase the performance. The Nextcloud community is very happy with PHP.

You are the initiator of the User Data Manifesto: what is it about?

The User Data Manifesto is an initiative that defined basic human right that every user should have regarding their personal data. It defines that a user should have the right to know where their own personal data is stored, who has access to it and to encrypt it if wanted. The user should also have the right to move the data between different cloud or SaaS providers. You can read more about it here: In a way, the User Data Manifesto is the predecessor of the GDPR. I´m very happy that nowadays more and more people are sensitive about their digital privacy and the danger of surveillance. These fundamental human rights are also the reason why I founded Nextcloud. Nextcloud is a tool to give this kind of freedoms and rights to our users.

Your are the founder of Nextcloud, how does Nextcloud GmbH and the open source product interact beween each other?

There is only one product, only one version of Nextcloud. This is the 100% Open Source version of Nextcloud that everyone can download and use for free. We as the Nextcloud company are selling support and other services around this software to big customers. But this is optional. You can also run Nextcloud without it. So the interaction between the open source volunteer community and the developers payed by the company works very well. The reason is that we all have the same goals, to make Nextcloud better for our users.

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Frank Karlitschek studied computer science at the University of Tübingen. He wrote his first PHP code 25 years ago with PHP3. He founded several startups in Germany and the US. He is a long time open source developer and former board member of the KDE e.V. In 2016 he founded Nextcloud to create a fully open source and decentralised alternative to big centralised US cloud companies. In 2012 he initiated the User Data Manifesto to define basic human rights regarding personal data. Frank was an invited expert at the W3C to help to create the ActivityPub internet standard. Frank has spoken at MIT, CERN, Harvard and ETH and keynoted several conferences. Frank is the founder and CEO of Nextcloud GmbH. He is also a fellow of Open Forum Europe and an advisor to the United Nations regarding Intellectual Property and Open Source.

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