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How to Roll Your Own Cloud

As I noted in this post, last week marked the release of ownCloud 7 Community Edition, the new version of the ever popular open source file-sharing and storage platform for building private clouds. Among the benefits you can get from running ownCloud is a unique server-to-server sharing feature, which lets you share files with other users on separate instances, without having to use file sharing links. For many people, ownCloud has become an essential open platform. But how can you get started with it? In this post, you’ll find some very easy ways to get going with your own private cloud. You can move beyond what services such as Dropbox and Box offer by leveraging ownCloud, and you don’t have to have your files sitting on servers that you don’t choose, governed by people you don’t know. Here are updated resources for getting going with ownCloud, literally in minutes. The FLOSS Manuals ownCloud Guide.  As we’ve reported, FLOSS Manuals’ guide to ownCloud is completely free, and a good starting point. Before diving into it, you may want to gain some familiarity with what ownCloud is, which we covered here. The FLOSS Manuals guide is aimed to be a

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