Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:39 UTC
Google Well, this has been a very, very long time in the making. Google has finally unveiled its big Dropbox competitor: Google Drive. You start with 5GB for free, and you can go all the way to 1TB for $50 per month. This is a big deal for many (if you were to use rumouring as a gauge), but all I can think of is this: why on earth would you entrust your files to a company - any company - whose sole interest is extracting money from you, and who, to boot, is subject to crazy American laws?
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by galvanash on Tue 24th Apr 2012 18:15 UTC
galvanash
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A cheap network attachable device with exapndable storage that could replace dropbox... What about Raspberry Pi?

This whole idea of running your own private dropbox sounds like a really good way for an OSS developer to do something that even non-technical users could get on board with AND make a little money (without being seen as a leech):

1. Make some nice OSS software that runs on the Raspberry Pi that essentially emulates what dropbox does. Write a client for windows/OSX/whatever for it. Make it all OSS. Hell, this probably already exists more or less - just needs proper packaging and simplification.

2. Resell Raspberry Pi's pre-configured with a big SD card and a nice enclosure to just plug into your home network and go - charge a nice little premium over cost (maybe +$25 or something)

The OSS crowd can just DIY - but you could sell the hardware to the I-just-want-to-plug-it-in-and-have-it-work crowd and make a little money.

Everyone is happy.

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