All the files! FAQ

Here are some answers to common questions about ownCloud and personal clouds (ha, I used that term!) in general, and All the files! in particular.

Just to clarify, you are providing an ownCloud front end which I can use with the backend storage in my own Rackspace account?

How it plays out is that I am hosting an ownCloud instance, and you get a gig of space. Then you can mount your own storage as a directory. I point that out, because it means that your storage is at least one directory in.

I have the same setup, and I mount multiple containers in Cloud Files (Rackspace’s branded Swift service), for different things like photos and music. In case you were wondering how serious I am about running the site, I share my photos directory with Susan through ownCloud so she has access to all our babby photos. ^_^

I would like to host ownCloud on a Raspberry Pi. Is that possible?

It certainly seems like it is possible. If you want to try that out, make sure to check out Pagekite, for putting it on the web.

I am thinking of dropping Flickr for ownCloud. Advisable?

That depends on what you are using Flickr for, but there is only really one scenario that ownCloud replaces Flickr: if you are sharing private photos with a small group of folks.

If you want to share photos with folks on the public web, you want MediaGoblin. I run an instance for my family (soon to include our tribe), and I use Rackspace Cloud Files for storage.

If you are looking for a backup solution for your photos, then I recommend using your operating system’s preferred backup software. I use Duplicity (found in many GNU systems) to backup my files to a local server at my house, which I backup to a Rackspace container. I do that because we also backup other computers, and it is easier to have those backups at home for our setup. Before that I just backed up my computer directly to Cloud Files.

Check the next question for more on backups and ownCloud.

I have a ton of photos! Can I back them up on

Nope! ^_^

You should not use my instance of ownCloud for backing up files; it isn’t a great way to do it. ownCloud is great for sharing files between private groups, and even has some features that let you publish it publicly. However, there should be a backup system under it, and I do only the basic amount of that, in part because my files are already backed up elsewhere. If you want to use ownCloud as part of a backup system, you should set that up, or you can pay me to do so.

There is another reason that you shouldn’t use All the files! for uploading a huge amount of files to your own mounted storage backend: I pay for the bandwidth. If you upload 40 gigs of photos and then sync that to another machine, then I end up paying for 160GB of bandwidth (40 to my server, 40 to your backend, and then again the other way). I would prefer not to do that. I don’t think it will be a problem, and if anyone uses so much bandwidth that it catches my attention, I will just ask them to stop. Not a huge deal.

I am looking into how exactly the backend storage system works, to see if we can get around that, but that is how it stands at the moment.

If you have any other questions, please contact me or leave it in a comment. ^_^

All the files!

I finally got an ownCloud instance in a state that I like, with an easy(ish) way to increase storage if I need. ownCloud has a few ways to get it installed, and all of them are relatively straightforward. However, provisioning one’s own server is still kind of a pain, so I am opening up my instance to folks that are interested. Oh, and it lives at! ^_^

There is an FAQ as well.

Quick breakdown on how it is setup, peeps can have 1GB storage. If you want more than that you can pay me, but I am not ready to do that at this time. It will cost something like 30 cents per gig per month, a year in advance, because that covers storage and bandwidth. (The more interest people had in this the less I was inclined to do this; instead you can hire me to set up your own instance.) However, I am hoping you won’t need to do that, since you can also mount your own storage (with a bunch of options, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 and OpenSwift [which is what I use, Rackspace’s Cloud Files, very reliable and inexpensive!]).

Here is my terms of service for the moment: the site has no guarantee. Note that the site is relatively secure. You shouldn’t use it as a backup (but I can advise you on that if you are looking for a backup solution). I am not responsible for how you use the site, and if your usage threatens my ability to run it (such as breaking laws and inviting state-sponsored violence against me), I will politely boot you off of it. Seriously, there is an account export feature, so I will tell you to use it and then delete your account.

If these are not things you want to be at the mercy of, consider running your own instance. Or paying me to install it for you. ^_^

Accounts are created manually, so use the form below to send me a message, with the username you want. I will email you yer login info. Have fun!

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