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Personal Cloud/Dropbox Alternative

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illDecree    0

is there such a thing as a 'personal dropbox'?

ie: a distro, maybe, that i can install, dedicate as an NAS, and has a nice web UI that i can access remotely, and possibly with an app like dropbox?

anyone ever heard of such a thing? the closest i can find is Lipsync - http://philcryer.github.com/lipsync/

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Rudy    457

You might want to look into this: http://www.aerofs.com/

I didnt use it yet so I can't comment on it

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PNWDweller    147

You can also use FreeNas or Openfiler to create a SMB shared type of drive and then locate it either at a family member's house, friends house or wherever you want it to be for offsite storage (if you are looking for that), and then assign a free DNS address or memorize their IP if theirs never changes, then map your computer to said network share.

I have a similar set up, except local. So, I have my NAS box sitting in the same apartment as my system. I am using it now as a network drive so my Laptop which is Linux based and my Mac can share files and use it as a backup server.

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illDecree    0

You might want to look into this: http://www.aerofs.com/

I didnt use it yet so I can't comment on it

that looks awesome! i just requested an invite. hopefully it won't be too long!

You can also use FreeNas or Openfiler to create a SMB shared type of drive and then locate it either at a family member's house, friends house or wherever you want it to be for offsite storage (if you are looking for that), and then assign a free DNS address or memorize their IP if theirs never changes, then map your computer to said network share.

I have a similar set up, except local. So, I have my NAS box sitting in the same apartment as my system. I am using it now as a network drive so my Laptop which is Linux based and my Mac can share files and use it as a backup server.

i'm in the process of building a FreeNAS system, but this doesn't give me the functionality i want. i want it to securely share, and transfer files, and have access to a few as i choose. my NAS will not be accessible from the world. i'd like a nice web UI so i could access some files in the share remotely, but mainly for other people that want to see what i've made available to share.

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DootDootMan    5

Why not use Skydrive?

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jakem1    1,610

You might also want to consider Windows Home Server. It has an excellent web interface that makes accessing and sharing files simple and even comes with a free domain that simplifies accessing your home network from the internet.

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Colin-uk    134

I recently started using expanFS and PureSync with my own VPS server for syncing between my desktop and laptop.

takes a bit of time to setup but it works well :p

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cleverclogs    264

Why not use Skydrive?

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xendrome    5,162

Why not use Skydrive?

Yea but if your going to do that then just use dropbox anyway...... I think the OP wants to have unlimited space and not worry about a 3rd party service.

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illDecree    0

+1

AFAIK Skydrive doesn't auto sync. also, i've had issues with Skydrive in the past where they won't allow certain file types. long story short: too much Microsoft BS for my tastes.

Yea but if your going to do that then just use dropbox anyway...... I think the OP wants to have unlimited space and not worry about a 3rd party service.

...Among other things. Security is #1. Space is #2. Hosting it myself is the way i'd prefer to go, and i'd also like something cross platform, since i'm a linux user, and other people use windows.

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Sranshaft    48

AFAIK Skydrive doesn't auto sync. also, i've had issues with Skydrive in the past where they won't allow certain file types. long story short: too much Microsoft BS for my tastes.

Skydrive doesn't but Windows Live Mesh which is a part of Skydrive does auto-sync.

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farmeunit    623

I dropped Dropbox for SugarSync. Not exactly what you want, but . . .

Several Linux distros are doing "cloud" services.

Might look at these:

http://eyeos.org/

http://www.lucid-desktop.org/

http://www.qwikioffice.com/

There used to be another developed by developers from Mandriva, but I think it's gone a different direction. Mainly desktop virtualization.

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BletchleyPark    2

I just set up a 1TB miniNAS, it does File serving, FTP, bit torrent, and print server in one small box smaller than a VHS tape. I plan to try it out over the next week to see if it totally fits my needs. If So I found my iDisk/Dropbox replacement while keeping my files on my own hardware.

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