Introduction of new Nextcloud instance

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Wed Jul 21 19:50:57 BST 2021

On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 4:22 AM Noah Davis <noahadvs at> wrote:

> Thank you for doing this!
> I noticed that new documents created from the new file menu button use
> Microsoft Office formats (e.g., docx, xlsx). Can you swich the default
> formats to OpenDocument formats?

I'm afraid the native formats of OnlyOffice are the Microsoft Office format
files - which is also the format they work with internally.
It therefore doesn't allow changing the default file extension it will try
to create.

(With regards to ODF editing it warns that there may be some fidelity

You can however override the extension when creating and it will happily
respect that.


> On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 7:36 AM Ben Cooksley <bcooksley at> wrote:
> >
> > Good morning community,
> >
> > As some of you will be aware, the current Nextcloud instance we operate
> has a number of performance issues which sometimes result in data loss.
> >
> > To resolve this as well as improve the overall collaborative editing
> experience we're able to offer, i'm pleased to introduce a replacement
> Nextcloud instance which you can find at
> >
> > Main changes to note here are the switch away from KDE Identity to MyKDE
> for authentication, as well as the switch to using OnlyOffice for document
> editing. We hope that these changes will solve the majority of the user
> experience issues we have had with In particular we expect
> the performance issues and data loss problems that accompanied them to be
> fully resolved, as they were caused by severe defects in the LDAP
> implementation in Nextcloud which they have not corrected more than a year
> after we brought them to their attention.
> >
> > It would be appreciated if you could please all test this installation
> over the coming week and let us know of any issues you encounter. Once this
> test phase has been completed we plan to migrate the contents of all group
> shared folders over from to the new system.
> >
> > Please note that once we have migrated everything over all existing
> shared links will unfortunately be broken. This is a result of how the LDAP
> support in Nextcloud works which makes it difficult to switch to a
> different method of user login for those accounts. While we investigated
> options to migrate this over, extremely poor communication from the vendor
> frustrated all attempts to transition this over cleanly and unfortunately
> requires a completely clean break to ensure we have no legacy issues
> causing problems for us in the future.
> >
> > Please let us know if you have any questions on the above.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Ben Cooksley
> > KDE Sysadmin
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