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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Local music playback on an Xpenology with an USB sound card

Xpenology is an incredible project allowing to turn an old computer into a « Synology » NAS in order to test it. I say « test » because the legality around the project is unclear: while synology publishes its source code (http://sourceforge.net/projects/dsgpl/), not everything is considered as « open », and officials at Synology considers that it goes against their copyright… (see, in French).

I currently test it on an old netbook, and beside the obvious disk space limitation (one small hard drive on it), it works perfectly. Continue reading

Your own « Synology » NAS, with Xpenology, Virtualbox (headless mode) on an old netbook

These notes explain how to install « XPEnology » (a project porting Synology’s NAS software on other platforms) as a virtual machine (with virtualbox), in headless mode (SSH) on a debian server (which happens to be an old netbook – but this part failed because of the proc type of the netbook). Continue reading

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