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    Dropbox Alternative

    Hi Everyone,

    Is there a Dropbox alternative with the same functionality? I would like to retire my dropbox for something else, but I like how it works. The Dropbox folder is very convenient.

    Thanks for your help. It is much appreciated.

    Ken
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    Re: Dropbox Alternative

    owncloud, nextcloud, seafile, retroshare
    https://opensource.com/alternatives/dropbox
    https://retroshare.cc/ - is for security.

    I've used retroshare with friends a few times. It is good for a tight family wanting a way to communicate with ZERO chance of others snooping.

    I use nextcloud, but not really for the file aspects. NextCloud has 50+ addons that do all sorts of extra things, often with a 1 click install. Tasks, Contacts, Calendars, Chat (text, audio, video), plus I use some GPS and photo addons.

    Live by the cloud, die by the cloud.
    * https://www.cnet.com/news/gmail-is-d...or-some-users/
    * https://www.newsweek.com/microsoft-o...server-1413499
    * https://www.it.ucla.edu/news/box-outage-resolved-0

    Self hosting has liabilities, so I don't want to make it seem all roses. Still, I much prefer knowing where my data is physically located and having fast access from where I spend most of my time.

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    Re: Dropbox Alternative

    If you don't want to host is your self (e.g. like NAS)
    Otherwise there are:
    Google drive
    OneDrive
    Mega (encrypted)
    Spiederoak (encrypted)

    depends what you need them for or how you use them. these have same functionality as dropbox.
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    Re: Dropbox Alternative

    I switched over from Dropbox to PCloud and I'm liking it. I also use Spideroak as an expanded hard drive, as my Pcloud is more for files I access via mobile, or files I will share.
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    Re: Dropbox Alternative

    Thank you, everyone, for your great advice. I appreciate it.

    Since I need to link 2 Linux computers and 1 Windows 10 computer to my google drive, I plan to use InSync ( https://www.insynchq.com/ ).

    I think this is a great alternative to Dropbox which I will be canceling in the coming days.

    Ken
    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    Registered Linux User: #486660

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    Re: Dropbox Alternative

    I am trying pcloud and think I will go for it. It seems very fast. My one issue is that you can't run shell files in the pCloudDrive folder. So my shell file ./split.sh won't work when called as ./split.sh but bash split.sh works. For the files I am moving there first, that should not be a big problem. (Suggestions on resolving it are welcome --- yes I have chmoded the file. It works fine until I moved it to the pCloudDrive folder.)

    Their lifetime pricing seems very attractive but I do worry about the company shutting down.

    Background FYI: I have been using SpiderOak and Dropbox. Hope to drop both.

    I have had a number of issues with SpiderOak where it stops synching without alerting me and requires a restart. I usually discover this when I move to my "other" computer and it does not have the files I need.

    Dropbox is getting a bit expensive.

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