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Old 07-03-2019, 09:03 AM   #1
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I am trying to move away from Dropbox as I don't want to pay for their services and the free account is too limiting ie I can only have 3 connected devices. For the record, I think Dropbox's services are great but I am unhappy with the way they changed their basic, free user rights and services without warning.



I am looking for a replacement service. I use Google Drive for various bits and pieces but I don't want all of my data living with Google. Call me paranoid if you want!


I have tried Nextcloud on my Raspberry Pi and it works well but it seems very slow and clunky. This may, of course, be down to the way I've set it up. The applications work well on Linux, Android and ios. The trouble is, I have issues playing some videos (I am not using it as a media server) and the connection can be patchy sometimes. Again, that may be a set up issue. I am not criticising Nextcloud.


I was thinking of trying FileRun. Does anyone have experience of this? How does it, in your opinion, compare to Nextcloud?


Another alternative is to use ssh and ftp. I don't need synchronisation between my different devices. I'm quite happy to manage this myself. I am the only user. I simply need to access documents to print them or display them on screen. I also need to play the odd mp4 - these are small at less than 100 mb. I will access the server from both my local network and from outside by ip address.


Am I simply reinventing the wheel by doing something that Nextcloud (or other software) does better? I can't believe I've been a Linux user for 18 years and never had to do this before.
 
Old 07-03-2019, 10:11 AM   #2
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Amazon Glacier (cheap storage but they require you to wait a few hours or something to retrieve your data; that's why it's cheap)

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Old 07-03-2019, 11:35 AM   #3
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Owncloud? Same idea as NextCloud.

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Old 07-03-2019, 02:12 PM   #4
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This looks interesting but it is only an alternative to Dropbox. That's not what I'm asking about really.

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Owncloud? Same idea as NextCloud.
Isn't NextCloud simply an OwnCloud fork? I'm pretty sure I'd have the same experience. I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.

What I'm really looking for is the flaws in my plan.

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Another alternative is to use ssh and ftp. I don't need synchronisation between my different devices. I'm quite happy to manage this myself. I am the only user. I simply need to access documents to print them or display them on screen. I also need to play the odd mp4 - these are small at less than 100 mb. I will access the server from both my local network and from outside by ip address.
 
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Do you just want a single shared folder?

Why not just mount it over sshfs?
 
Old 07-03-2019, 03:19 PM   #6
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Another alternative is to use ssh and ftp. I don't need synchronisation between my different devices. I'm quite happy to manage this myself. I am the only user. I simply need to access documents to print them or display them on screen. I also need to play the odd mp4 - these are small at less than 100 mb. I will access the server from both my local network and from outside by ip address.
It's common for people to think they need a full-blown ftp server, when all they need is the scp command (secure copy).. I think scp is what you're looking for.
 
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Why not just mount it over sshfs?
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