It would be sad if the Cozy project would be manageable only by our core team. What is the point for us to build Cozy if you can’t install it by your own? What’s the matter if you can’t audit the code to know what it does? Worst why would we do that if you can’t shape Cozy to fit your own needs? A Free and Open Source project is nothing without its community. Making our users autonomous and able to ask for assistance in any situation is our goal. That’s why we want to show you four good ways to contribute to Cozy.
Recently, we reached a point where we were satisfied with the technical progress of Cozy. The underlying plumbery of the platform was working pretty well and we were able to handle the hosting of a great number of Cozy instances. At that time, the next big challenge we were going to face was the user experience. Until there, we were relying on the idea of making things simple and straightfoward. It was good enough for early adopters. But truth is that there were rooms for a lot of improvements.
The Cozy controller starts each application with its own Linux user. In the unpatched version, when an application was launched, the controller used the proper Uid with a gid equal to zero (root group). Therefore, the application could access files that where supposed to be read only by the root group.
They say that building a startup is like riding a roller coaster: sometimes you face really hard times and fall on your face. Sometimes, you achieve a big milestone and feels sky high. Today, we are sky high as we have great news: Tristan Nitot, of Mozilla fame, is joining Cozy as Chief Product Officer!
When you build software, most of the time you want to deliver quickly. But some subjects require patience. Among them, there is the secure data sharing. At Cozy, we think that the future of personal cloud will rely a lot on social features. Because we are concerned about the security and because we consider that it must become a main focus in our software, we decided to reach researchers in that field. In this context, Benjamin met the SMIS laboratory (SMIS stands for Secure and Mobile Information Systems).
Six months ago, we were looking for new front-end developers. Crafting a job offer was something easy. We do mainly front-end development, it was like hiring ourselves. Cozy user interfaces involve complex coding, that’s why we needed to hire someone with a great expertise in this field. In this context, Clochix contacted us.
Have you ever think to backup your device pictures and browse them online? Have you ever wanted to build and share a photo album from your mobile shots in a minute? And all of that without compromising your privacy (see iCloud scandal)? If you have, there is a good news for you, Cozy Mobile is now available for all android devices. It allows you to backup your photos online and to build shareable albums from them. And what makes it awesome is that it comes with many more features!
So, how to enjoy it? Just follow this tutorial!