Dropbox and various online third party cloud services are great and free to certain expectations, but to truly have all you can eat buffet kind of expectation is definitely not the kind of thing that these cloud services can provide. Right off the bat, one thing for sure that these third party cloud services cannot provide is the best privacy level that one could get with having storing data within one’s own private network. Want to have more cloud space than the so called free space? It’s not free, and you have to pay more for how many more Gigabytes you want and so forth.
ownCloud is a free, open source software which acts like DropBox, but you can download, install, and use it freely. I think ownCloud does give you the opportunity to be 100% in control of your data’s privacy. If you know how to implement robust security measures such as proper firewall and port-forwarding, you can even allow yourself to roam the seven seas and still be able to sync with your local data securely. Unlike DropBox and other third party cloud services, you know you’re the master of your own data in the cloud when it comes to ownCloud those data. OK, I begin to rant on unnecessarily.
Anyhow, want to know how to install ownCloud and use it? Check out the video right after the break, I show you how to install ownCloud on Linux Mint. Of course, you can follow the video’s instruction to do the same for Ubuntu, because Linux Mint is just an Ubuntu based distribution. Enjoy!!!