Rich Freeman on 15 Oct 2012 10:43:17 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Looking for Open Source Cloud File Storage Program

On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM, Sam Gleske <> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM, Casey Bralla <>
> wrote:
>> Google docs will certainly work, but I wanted to keep these files on my
>> own
>> server.   I don't trust the "cloud" to respect my privacy or integrity.
>> Any open source ideas?
> You simply need to string together a bunch of local services to get the
> desired effect.  I run RAID and export the file shares using Samba so that
> it is compatible with SMB (Windows File Share).  This is a LAN only solution
> though.  You haven't mentioned the access requirements.  Will there be a
> need to access these shares over the internet?

I think he was basically looking for a dropbox / google drive / etc
replacement.  That is, something that allows you to upload/download
files from any browser on any OS.

SMB/VPN/etc really are a different kind of solution to the problem.  I
could tell my mother to log into my website and upload a file with her
browser.  I couldn't tell her to just set up a VPN and SMB share to do
the same.  Heaven help her if the file is on a feature phone that
doesn't do much more than http.

The whole attraction of solutions like dropbox is that they are easy
to use with no dependencies beyond a browser.  They might be more
complicated on the server, but mere mortals don't have to maintain the

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