It wasn’t long till a “just a discussion” in Gnome MLs jumped as official feature for Gnome 3.8!?! The Open Desktop finally hangs the Open Cloud and Gnome once again is proud to prove that supports the Open Source, it supports the Cloud!
The idea was simple, ownCloud offers the same services as Ubuntu One and DropBox (actually it offers more) in a free platform that anyone can easily install and customize according to his/her needs. So why don’t use that?
integrate ownCloud in Gnome
Debarshi Ray is the hacker to implement this feature:
“ownCloud is free software that allows you to build your own “cloud” service on your own infrastructure. It offers access to your files, calendar and address book via WebDAV, CalDAV and CardDAV, apart from offering a web UI that can be accessed using a web browser. Similar to Ubuntu One, but with free software on the server side. I think GNOME and ownCloud share the same goals to build a free computing environment for everyone, so this makes a lot of sense.
Prospective integration points would be Files and Documents over WebDAV, and Evolution over CalDAV and CardDAV”.
The accounts will be set from GOA, and ownCloud will be able to sync with Gnome Documents, Nautilus and Evolution Data Server (that also includes the upcoming Gnome Calendar App).
By the way, Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that facilitates collaboration between users in editing and managing documents and files stored on World Wide Web servers.
Learn more [at] Gnome Live: Integrate ownCloud in GNOME
Ok, there is no reason to talk about the ownCloud, everyone knows it, right? The question is if it is worth to use it over the commercial services. The short answer would be no, because the cost to have a descent cloud file server would be around 60euros (~100$) a month, while instead you can use a commercial with around ~5$.
But.. I use it for around one year now for companies that I work for, with huge success because:
It gives full control of your data
This cost is insignificant for companies
It is easy customizable
It can run in private Networks
It can be easily transferred over servers and export/import massive data
In the end of the day, it doesn’t need to explain the benefits of Open Source (specially in Cloud data-storage), I guess?
ownCloud is a software suite that provides a location-independent storage area for data (cloud storage). The project was launched in January 2010 by KDE developer Frank Karlitschek to create a free alternative to commercial cloud providers. In contrast to commercial storage services, ownCloud can be installed on a private server at no additional cost.
- File storage in conventional directory structures (also via WebDAV)
- Synchronization of personal computers
- Calendar (also as CalDAV)
- Task scheduler
- Address book (also as CardDAV)
- Music streaming (through Ampache)
- User and group administration (via OpenID or LDAP)
- Sharing of content across groups or public URLs
- Online text editor with syntax highlighting and code folding
- Photo gallery
- PDF viewer (using pdf.js)
- Viewer for ODF Files (.odt, .odp, .ods)
So that ownCloud justifies the term cloud, synchronization between different ownCloud servers is being worked on. In addition, the platform will be expanded to include the following services:
is this feature important to us?
One more step towards to Open Source Cloud Services, so yes, it is of great importance :)
This is a dummy YouTube demonstration with Nautilus / ownCloud sync that I had made some days ago.
Oh, and even if this feature is scheduled to be included in Gnome 3.8 that doesn’t necessarily means that will make it. Postpones is a favorite habit of Gnome :) ..So, we have to wait for the feature freeze of 3.8 (February, 18).
Is Diaspora* coming next? :)