OwnCloud version 1.1, store your data online

This is an important building block when we try to avoid using “free” web services AND we have the knowledge to install software on a machine. It is necessary in this case to master the installation of a program in PHP using a database. An operation that remains unaffordable to the common users of the web.

It’s FrenchHope who has drawn my attention to ownCloud whose version 1.1 has just been released. This software is an alternative to online storage like DropBox . It is part of the KDE project and was born following a presentation by Frank Karlitschek at Camp KDE 2010 (slideshow, presentation )

ownCloud is a component of the Social Desktop project that aims to describe how virtual communities and online collaboration can be integrated into desktop environments like KDE or GNOME. But also how to access it from the workstation using applications like Plasmoids .

So much for the outline and come back to ownCloud. This is a program that allows you from a web interface to store your files, whatever they are. It is also possible to access it using the WebDAV protocol from GNU / Linux stations but also Windows or MacOS. This protocol has the advantage of not necessarily requiring specific clients, because it is generally supported in a more or less native way by these operating systems.

On GNU / Linux you can use under KDE KIO-Slaves or set up a mount point in your home directory with FUSE . I write all this without having had the time to test , so this information will be verified. If you have already done the test, do not hesitate to leave a comment with your feedback.

Data transfer can be secured by using the HTTPS (SSL) protocol.

Some new features of this version

  • New plugin system,
  • User Management,
  • ownCloud can be installed in a database shared with other applications thanks to a prefix system of table names,
  • Experimental support of PostgreSQL,
  • Text file viewer with syntax highlighting,
  • Open Collaboration Services ( OCS ) support,
  • full of fixed bugs,
  • Clean code.