Own Your Data with OwnCloud

I love Dropbox. I really do. With a Google AdWords campaign, and $50 or so, I was able to max out my free storage. That means I have around 24GB of free Dropbox storage to fiddle with. Granted, that's a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, 24GB isn't very much space. During the past few years, I've mentioned several alternatives (like SparkleShare), but the new kid on the block, OwnCloud, is a Web-based application that provides a plethora of cloud-based services. The most popular is its file syncing.

Setting up OwnCloud isn't for the faint of heart, as it requires some PHP tweaking and really should be SSL-encrypted, but for anyone comfortable with configuring LAMP applications, it's not insurmountable. Once your server is installed, there are native syncing applications for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS. Because OwnCloud is hosted on your own server, your space limitation is based on your actual hard drive space!

If you've ever wished your Dropbox data was hosted on your own servers, or if you just don't have enough space, check out OwnCloud. It not only supplies file syncing, but with its extendible infrastructure, it also can do calendaring, sharing and pretty much anything else you'd want to do with cloud computing. Check it out today at http://www.owncloud.org.

 

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Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

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Not a bad idea OwnCloud. I'm

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I agree that setting up

Jobs's picture

I agree that setting up OwnCloud is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it's worth the effort

I don't know about choosing

Damianus's picture

I don't know about choosing the new kid on the block. I store some important data on dropbox because i know they won't go bankrupt and close overnight but I am a bit skeptical about new companies.

Damian at SmartIT

So 24GB is not that much... how about...

Anonymous's picture

Getting 2TB from Baidu for free or 26TB from Yun Pan 360.

I know it is not the same as if you were hosting it yourself (and it is not in English).

You can see the instructions on how to get those here:

http://www.taigeair.com/how-to-get-2tb-with-baidu-pan-disk-for-free-for-...

I'm not sure about privacy so you'd probably have to encrypt everything yourself.

Setting up OwnCloud isn't for the faint of heart ONLY if...

Marco Fioretti's picture

it's not already packaged into a new online class Linux distro as the one I would like to build. Details are in the 10-slide summary, FAQ and roadmap at http://per-cloud.com

Articles about Digital Rights and more at http://stop.zona-m.net

CV, talks and bio at http://mfioretti.com

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