Tech - Thoughts

Thoughts on OneDrive

OneDrive was my primary cloud storage for a bit and it fit my needs well. I had all Windows systems and did all my work in a Windows 10 environment.

Problem is I recently started the transition away from Windows back to linux.

Which is a major problem when I need access to files and I can’t get to them, since Linux isn’t supported by OneDrive.

Sure, I could use the web interface but I don’t need one file at a time. I need 10, 20, 100s of files at a given time and I need to be able to sync back and forth between machines. If I download everything I need on my Linux machine and then forget to reupload it back, edit on Windows, it becomes a mess fast.

OneDrive is great and getting that 1TB drive for free included with an Office 365 subscription, isn’t a bad gig. But I don’t know if I want to be apart of the future of Windows which is a subscription based model from what we are starting to see.

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Tech - Thoughts

Thoughts on pCloud

In testing cloud storage services, I had the chance to test pCloud.

What sold me on them initially was there security measures. They are based in Sweden, and uphold many security standards that most other cloud storage companies don’t. I also liked that they give you the encryption keys and they never have access. Beyond that, they don’t have any record of being hacked.

I gave it a shot and I found the following:

  • I found it fast and easy to setup
  • It seems like it’s very intuitive
  • It doesn’t support virtual files and selective sync which are my most important needs.
  • Price is probably the lowest in the industry from what I’ve seen

All in all, it doesn’t fit my needs but maybe it does for you.

Selective sync and virtual files is what sold me on OneDrive but now I’m moving away from that as I need Linux support and I would like to have control over where my data is physically.

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NextCloud’s biggest flaw

I started playing around with my own private cloud storage. It seemed like a good idea these days as the major tech companies seem to take more and more control over our lives. Plus I need access to a lot of files between Fedora, Android, and Windows, which OneDrive doesn’t support Linux at all. All the other solutions just didn’t fit the bill.

So I looked at my options and it came down to ownCloud and NextCloud.

After trying out NextCloud initially I found it to be flawed. I know NextCloud is a fork of ownCloud. But they aren’t keeping up in my opinion on one major feature. Virtual files.

I know NextCloud is working on it but ownCloud seems to have it figured out. In my own testing, on Fedora and on Windows 10, it seems to work without issue. ownCloud’s still in beta with virtual files but it seems to me it works without issue. Now maybe, having many users with shared directories, that may cause issues. But since it’s just for me, I haven’t had a problem with it in testing at all.

Online, it seems everyone has the opinion that NextCloud is superior but in my own testing I didn’t find that to be true. The linux client for NextCloud seems to have issues, where as the ownCloud version did not.

I haven’t put it into production yet but someday soon I will.

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