I recently came across a project that very quickly caught my interest.
Its called ownCloud.
Its open source and gives you your own personal Drop Box like cloud. It has a number of available features that could give one the ability to move off Google… If they work properly, which I cannot say at this time as I have yet to dive into those features.
If that all sounds interesting, I do encourage you to go take a look.
As the title says, getting my own ownCloud instance up and running has been an adventure. As concerning as that may initially sound, I suppose I should clarify from the beginning that the adventure is ALL of my own doing. Overall, the actual installation and configuration of my personal ownCloud instance has gone exceptionally smoothly… With only one, not so minor, issue.
The one “not so minor” issue is that the provided Gallery application does not work for me. This may have something to do with the fact that I’m running ownCloud off a dedicated, but still resource limited, Raspberry Pi connected via NFS to a Synology NAS and (at this point) only have PHP configured to use 256MB of memory per script… But (without any evidence) I do believe there is an underlying issue with the gallery app. I also believe it will be fixed in time. So for me, patience is required…
Unless an alternative gallery app, such as Gallery2, fills the void. Unfortunately, while it showed some initial promise by actually displaying my root picture folder, my inability to go below the root level found a bug…
I guess I’m just a natural at this software testing stuff.
Back to my adventure though…
(For apparently limited philosophical reasons I would have preferred to go with MariaDB, but at this time it is not available via the repositories, so my philosophical reasons appear to be limited as I preferred the easy install route rather than building MariaDB myself).
It seems I took a cue for many great adventures though, and given away the ending. So I suppose its time to start the beginning…
I did not start with nginx. My adventure actually started with Apache, as that’s what I’ve had the most experience using. I also did not go from Apache straight to nginx. I had a brief fling with lighttpd.
So for proper documentation purposes, I plan to detail my adventure across several “volumes”.
- Preface: Common ownCloud Path
- Volume 1: Apache2: A Heavy Duty Companion
- Volume 2: lighttpd: An Easy Fling
- Volume 3: nginx: A Successful Foundation
I did mention that I started with the ending, but I think I’ll continue following the popular adventure recipe and consider the ending more of a new beginning…