Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 17:57 UTC, submitted by hotice
In the News There is an ongoing discussion on a Gnome mailing list which points out that Gnome and KDE might collaborate for a new project: a FLOSS alternative to Dropbox. The Gnome and KDE approach is more towards an collaboration tool, but which is very close to Dropbox. The DE independent FLOSS Dropbox alternative idea came because Google Summer of Code is approaching and both Gnome and KDE have a collaboration tool on their list.
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Don't we already have this
by mrsteveman1 on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 18:48 UTC
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2009-11-10

........in Ubuntu One?

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RE: Don't we already have this
by spikeb on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 18:56 UTC in reply to "Don't we already have this"
spikeb Member since:
2006-01-18

the entire thing isn't Free/Open

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RE: Don't we already have this
by FrankKarlitschek on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 19:32 UTC in reply to "Don't we already have this"
FrankKarlitschek Member since:
2009-05-03

Ubuntu One is proprietary. You canĀ“t run your own server and all you personal files are stored on a remote server.
This is one of the problems we want to solve with ownCloud.

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correction
by FrankKarlitschek on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 19:29 UTC
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2009-05-03

This story is not entirely correct.

The stories reefers to the ownCloud project we started at KDE at this years Camp KDE conference in January.
The idea is a complete cloud solution which runs on you own server or desktop or can be hosted by a provider. It will be a companion service to your KDE Desktop. This is more than just DropBox. It will also be a music server, a picture gallery, storage for your KDE configuration and more.

At the moment we are looking for ways to work together with GNOME because collaboration is always good.

Cheers
Frank

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RE: correction
by Delgarde on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 20:11 UTC in reply to "correction"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

The stories reefers to the ownCloud project we started at KDE at this years Camp KDE conference in January.
The idea is a complete cloud solution which runs on you own server or desktop or can be hosted by a provider.


The aim, I guess, being to standardise this kind of thing, so a user can sign up with any provider, and just configure their desktop with a URL and authentication details? And of course, to allow anyone to *be* a provider?

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RE: correction
by hotice on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 20:25 UTC in reply to "correction"
hotice Member since:
2009-05-27

I actually did mention that:

"The ownCloud idea is that everybody can host it individually but a hosted solution will also be possible. In the beginning it will allow file hosting like Dropbox, but then add a lot more features like an individual music server or photo gallery."

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RE[2]: correction
by superstoned on Wed 24th Mar 2010 20:14 UTC in reply to "RE: correction"
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2005-07-07

You should probably have linked to the ownCloud announcement to give some background knowledge.

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RE: correction
by stabbyjones on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 23:07 UTC in reply to "correction"
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

owncloud?
gnome frontend?
shared project?

YES YES one thousand times YES!

This will stomp the competition as long as I can run it all from my own data server and not have to pay someone else for syncing data over the internet like dropbox.

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iFolder
by yimmy149 on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 21:54 UTC
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2010-03-23

This might be reinventing the wheel... iFolder has been open source for quite a while:

http://ifolder.com/ifolder

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RE: iFolder
by sorpigal on Wed 24th Mar 2010 11:32 UTC in reply to "iFolder"
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2005-11-02

iFolder is a fine, fine piece of technology, but it has its issues.

1) It's written in C#
2) Hard to make it work in non-novell situations
3) It's 'just' a folder sync and does not have any other could-type services.

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EyeOS
by Anonymous Coward on Wed 24th Mar 2010 02:07 UTC
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2005-07-06

It would be even cooler to get eyeOS2.0 working within ownCloud and allowing users to have full roaming Home folders hosted on their own server.

That would allow them to sit down at any Linux desktop machine and access their own user settings / configurations and files stored on the server (not all files would have to be, just synced ones) ... or fire up a web browser and navigate to their server to access and manipulate their synced docs, E-Mail, etc via eyeOS.

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RE: EyeOS
by sorpigal on Wed 24th Mar 2010 11:20 UTC in reply to "EyeOS"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Doesn't EyeOS assume a browser as the interface? That's not very helpful to GNOME or KDE integration.

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RE[2]: EyeOS
by Anonymous Coward on Wed 24th Mar 2010 21:10 UTC in reply to "RE: EyeOS"
Anonymous Coward Member since:
2005-07-06

It does, but it would be like the Web client fall back for VNC.

Works optimally with the platform specific client (KDE/GNOME) or if the client isn't available (Kiosk/Windows/Mac/Etc) a web client could be available.

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Eazel's Nautilus?
by gchisholm on Thu 25th Mar 2010 20:05 UTC
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2010-03-25

If I recall correctly didn't Eazel develop a business model years ago with file sync'ing using gnome/nautilus?

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