Thinking about the need to have a free and self- controlled open source cloud, Frank Karlitschek at Camp KDE `10 started ownCloud with a resounding keynote.
ownCloud is a provider of complete access to your files by means of web or webDAV. It also is a provider of an easy- view platform and enables you to sync your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on just about any devices. Not only that, you can do some basic editing direct from your browser at the same time. It is truly very practical.
This service gives a forepart user interface for your storage of files. However, it gives you the option to choose where you want your files to be stored. So if you either have an account on Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files, then you can store your files in those very sites. But if you choose to store it at your computer at home, then you can do so without as much as any trouble.
With some significant changes, ownCloud 2 has now an excellent interface. It has upgraded features like the OpenID consumer and provider, sharing of files, calendar, address book syncing, better media playercoupled with an ampache interface, key value storage for KDE applications, support for more installable 3rd party apps, incorporation of desktop notifications, and much more helpful features improved.
However, the most features that got the more improvement are its friendly, fast- growing and inventive community of developers. As of the moment, there are 15 main developers associated with ownCloud but there are other developers who are constant contributors of bugfixes, translations, artwork or third party apps.
Convinced? Visit ownCloud and download your very own ownCloud and place it on your workstation or server. To get comprehensive play- by- play on the process, try the live demo at demo.owncloud.org. This service is available on all chief Linux distributors, but then again, it is devised to run on most webspaces without you having to do special configurations.