Frank Karlitschek

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Frank Karlitschek
Frank Karlitschek at Akademy 2009
Born (1973-07-25) 25 July 1973 (age 45)
Reutlingen, Germany
Residence Stuttgart, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation open source developer
Known for ownCloud, Nextcloud, KDE contributor and KDE e.V. vice president

Frank Karlitschek (born 25 July 1973) is a German open source software developer living in Stuttgart, Germany.

Karlitschek argues on his blog that "Privacy is the foundation of democracy."[1][2] He says that people should have a basic right "to control their own data in the Internet age."[3]

Free software[edit]

Karlitschek is a KDE contributor since 2001 when he mainly worked in web community and artist team. He is a member of the KDE e.V. since 2003. In summer 2009 he was elected as a board member and vice president of KDE e.V.[4]

In 2001, Karlitschek started[5] At Akademy 2008, Frank presented the vision of the Social Desktop for the KDE project.[6] Karlitschek started and maintains the Open-PC and the Open Collaboration Services projects. He is the main developer and maintainer of websites. Karlitschek is also a cohost of RadioTux the biggest German Linux Podcast. In 2012 Karlitschek started the User Data Manifesto initiative.[7]

Karlitschek gives keynotes at conferences like LinuxCon,[8] Latinoware,[9] openSUSE Conf,[10] and Akademy.[11]


In 2010 Karlitschek started the ownCloud project during a CampKDE keynote [12] and released the version 1.0 in June 2010. [13] He was the project leader and maintainer.

In 2011 Karlitschek co-founded ownCloud Inc. to offer an enterprise version of ownCloud. He served as the CTO and oversaw the product development and community relations. [14]

In April 2016 Karlitschek left ownCloud Inc.[15]


In June 2016, five weeks after leaving ownCloud, he started Nextcloud, a fork of ownCloud.[16]


  1. ^ "What's next for the privacy-conscious ownCloud project". 
  2. ^ "Frank Karlitschek_ » The privacy endgame". 5 May 2016. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. 
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  4. ^ Sebastian Kügler (2009-07-07). "KDE e.V. Elects New Board of Directors". KDE. KDE.NEWS. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  5. ^ Fabrice Mous (2004-01-28). "The Person Behind and". KDE. KDE.NEWS. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Presentation of the Social Desktop as keynote of the Akademy 2008 from Frank Karlitschek". Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ Karlitschek (2012-10-19). "The User Data Manifesto". Karlitschek. Karlitschek. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  8. ^ Linux Foundation (2014-07-01). "The Linux Foundation Announces Early Keynote Speaker Line Up for LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe". Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  9. ^ Latinoware (2012-09-04). "LatinoCLOUD". Latinoware. Latinoware. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  10. ^ Jos Poortvliet (2010-11-02). "Frank Karlitschek Introduces Bretzn". KDE. KDE.NEWS. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  11. ^ Anika Kehrer (2008-08-01). "Community Congregation". Linux Magazin. Linux Magazin. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  12. ^ Frank Karlitschek (2010-01-21). "Camp KDE 2010 Continues with More Talks". KDE. KDE.NEWS. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  13. ^ Frank Karlitschek (2010-06-24). "ownCloud 1.0 is here". Karlitschek. blog. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  14. ^ Markus Rex (2011-12-23). "Well we did it and happy Holidays". Karlitschek. blog. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  15. ^ Frank Karlitschek (2016-04-27). "big changes: I am leaving ownCloud, Inc. today". blog. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  16. ^ Frank Karlitschek (2016-06-02). "Nextcloud". blog. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 

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