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.