Julien Coubronne

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Installing Owncloud 9 on Debian 8 (with Apache2 & MySQL)

This is a memo on how to install Owncloud 9 in Debian 8. Since the latest version of owncloud’s fork, nextcloud, is available, you may look at it as an alternative. I prefered to go with Owncloud since they provide Debian packages.

Note: Since the initial writing of this memo (which was started in August 2016 and remained un-pusblished until now), I changed my mind on my web server configuration: I switched from the Apache2 web server to Nginx, deleted the Owncloud instance and installed Pydio. I will no longer maintain this post.

This post mainly follows this following how-to: https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/owncloud_9-installation-on-debian_8/

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A self-hosted FOSS « cloud » (step 0)

So it all started from a simple need, really: being able to share files on my local network. Usually for this type of needs, you buy a NAS, and that’s it. But then you add in a bit of privacy concerns, the will NOT to put all your eggs in the same basket, and you end up looking at buying a Synology NAS. Since I had an old PC lying around, I looked at the project call « XPEnology« , which is basically a « grey area fork » of the synology DSM software (it’s not entirely clear whether you can do that according the licence).

And while Xpenology provided a nice way to test the software and a very convenient experience, I ended up with a problem in one of the disk array, and instead of rebuilding the whole thing again (which was running on an old netbook at the time), I decided that I needed something more reliable.

Excited by the « cloud » possibilities present in the DSM software, I started to look at the various possibilities for self hosted « cloud ». To add sugar on the cake, I wanted to try to use FOSS bricks to replace DSM.

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