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    Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    Hello,
    I have a server with a fast internet connection which I would like to turn into a file server. My basic wants are:

    File upload/download from anywhere
    Works with MacOS/WinXP/Linux
    GUI for users, must be "mother friendly"

    There are five people who would be using it as cloud storage. The server has 1TB of storage and plenty of processing power.

    Can anyone suggest how to implement this? I looked at an FTP server, but am wondering if there is anything built for this type of project.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Forvak; May 31st, 2008 at 12:14 AM.

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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    You need to setup a Samba fileserver. That will allow you to share folders on the files server to other machines on your network. If you want to share with other people on the internet, then i recommend you setup a secure SSH server and use SFTP.

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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    The server is hosted in a remote location, so samba isn't going to work. SSH with FTP would work, but isn't the easiest to work with for non tech people. Is there any kind of browser based file storage system?
    Ie: log in, view your uploaded files, able to download/upload from the browser? I've seen things like it but don't know what they are.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    Well 2 keep user friendly, you would have 2 go with sftp, ftp is just too unsafe, it isn't too difficult to use. Mind you I'm sure there must be some sort of file management script, or even a content management script that has features such as storing your bookmarks or playing your music. If there isn't one ther's definately a need for one.
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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    If you install a LAMP server, you could run eyeOS on it:
    http://www.eyeos.org/

    It's a Desktop written in PHP that anyone with almost any web browser can go to.
    There is also a program called eyeSync that allows you to automatically upload files to your eyeOS username from a local folder on your machine (works in linux / OSX / windows).
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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    nice 1! it's bookmarked, that'll come in handy. is it useful 4 u Forvak?
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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    Have you tried SSH with SFTP? It's very easy to setup and very secure. It's also very easy for your users to access using the free Filezilla program which is available for both windows and linux.

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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    This one requires Apache and PHP, but http://www.phpwebftp.com/features.html has treated me well for a long time, and is relatively easy to implement over SSL. There are plenty of other pieces of software like this, so finding an alternate shouldn't be an issue if you need a "GUI". Otherwise, you can't go wrong with ssh/sshfs/sftp.

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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    i believe firefox has a brower based plugin that you can install to do FTP. I used it once but have other tools so haven't used it in a while. whether or not it will work with sftp I am not sure. check in the FF plugins section.

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    Re: Personal Cloud Storage - Ubuntu Server 8.04

    If you want user-friendly and secure, what you want is webdav over ssl.

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