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    drhedberg NNTP User

    Default Cross Platform Cloud Storage

    Greetings,

    I am using openSUSE 13.1 64-bit looking for cross-platform cloud storage that will work on my windows, Mac, ubuntu and openSUSE computers. I already have Wuala for my business and I'm not a big fan of Dropbox or Spideroak.

    I have found a few companies (memopal, symform, elephantdrive) that make versions for ubuntu, debian, and centos but I never see opensuse listed. I'm wondering if the .rpm they offer will run on opensuse?

    Do you have any recommendations for cloud storage that will work on all of my computers with different operating systems? I don't mind paying for a quality product. Looking to store about 50gb of data.

    Thanks for your time.

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    On Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:26:02 +0000, drhedberg wrote:

    > Greetings,
    >
    > I am using openSUSE 13.1 64-bit looking for cross-platform cloud storage
    > that will work on my windows, Mac, ubuntu and openSUSE computers. I
    > already have Wuala for my business and I'm not a big fan of Dropbox or
    > Spideroak.
    >
    > I have found a few companies (memopal, symform, elephantdrive) that make
    > versions for ubuntu, debian, and centos but I never see opensuse listed.
    > I'm wondering if the .rpm they offer will run on opensuse?


    Best way to find out: Try it and see. Hard to know without actually
    trying it.

    > Do you have any recommendations for cloud storage that will work on all
    > of my computers with different operating systems? I don't mind paying
    > for a quality product. Looking to store about 50gb of data.
    >
    > Thanks for your time.


    Not exactly a cloud storage product (in that there's no 'cloud server'),
    but btsync is pretty good, if you have a group of computers that you're
    syncing files between, you get the same type of redundancy without the
    data being out of your control.

    Jim



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    drhedberg NNTP User

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    Thanks for your reply Jim.

    Will try some of them as you suggest.

    I have btsync installed and it works great however when I save a file at work and shut off my laptop, I don't believe it syncs with my computers at home that are turned off? Everything has to be on at the same time for everything to sync but I could be wrong.

    I'm looking at just paying for insync since I am already using google drive which has no linux client.

    thanks

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    On Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:36:02 +0000, drhedberg wrote:

    > Thanks for your reply Jim.
    >
    > Will try some of them as you suggest.
    >
    > I have btsync installed and it works great however when I save a file at
    > work and shut off my laptop, I don't believe it syncs with my computers
    > at home that are turned off? Everything has to be on at the same time
    > for everything to sync but I could be wrong.


    You are correct - because there's no external system (no system not in
    your control), there's no "offline" storage of files.

    > I'm looking at just paying for insync since I am already using google
    > drive which has no linux client.


    That's also an option. grive might also work for you, though what little
    I've played with it, it's not as robust as I'd like.

    Jim
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    Dropbox has worked fine for me if you have KDE installed.

    Actually,
    All cloud storage services should work fine with any OS (including Linux) if a web browser tool is available. Oftentimes though these web tools are created as an afterthought and may not be as full featured as an installed client.

    Generally speaking, I've observed that the main problem cloud storage usually has with Linux is the variety of Desktops and their File Managers. There isn't a single standardized way for cloud storage to write an app which will work for all Desktops and File Managers so there isn't more of an effort to write Linux client apps. Of course, if Linux users were willing to accept cloud storage without Desktop integration (ie. completely command line) then this wouldn't be an issue but I doubt you'll find many who would find that acceptable.

    IMO and HTH,
    TSU

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    drhedberg NNTP User

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    Thanks Jim and TSU for your input.

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    Only symform and memopal has build's for Linuix
    elephantdrive not

    are you aware of owncloud?

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    drhedberg NNTP User

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    SuperDice,

    Elephantdrive has a ubuntu version but you have to google this to find the link on their website.

    I am aware of owncloud but I am still trying to understand how it works and where I would install it. I would want it installed on something other than my computers for secure backup. Do you have any recommendations on where owncloud can be installed?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by drhedberg View Post
    SuperDice,

    Elephantdrive has a ubuntu version but you have to google this to find the link on their website.

    I am aware of owncloud but I am still trying to understand how it works and where I would install it. I would want it installed on something other than my computers for secure backup. Do you have any recommendations on where owncloud can be installed?

    thanks
    Owncloud works by installing a desktop client and connect to the server after installation.
    Owncloud can be installed on:
    A home server / NAS that is able ti run an http server
    A proffesional server, that is able to install owncloud as an optional package, or else, that is able to install owncloud mnually, by you, over ftp

    setup is very easy. u need at least 1 mysql database and some storage

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    drhedberg NNTP User

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    That sounds like a great option and thanks for the explanation.

    I have a Buffalo linkstation NAS and will see if I can install it there. I'll also check to see where the best place to host owncloud would be. It looks like they have a list of places on the owncloud website.

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