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Version 3 of ownCloud, the open source, cloud application that enables you to run your own cloud server from your computer, has been released. This comes roughly 47 days before the launch of a commercial entity that would provide products and services for ownCloud.
ownCloud Version 3 introduces online editing, photo gallery, PDF viewer, application store and improvements to existing functionality. Available for download now, ownCloud Version 3 enables users to share files and folders with others from their privately controlled infrastructure.
Everyone likes personal cloud services. But, many of aren’t crazy about the fact that our files, music, and whatever are sitting on someone else’s servers without our control. That’s where ownCloud comes in. OwnCloud is an open-source cloud program. You use it to set up your own cloud server for file-sharing, music-streaming, and calendar, contact, and bookmark sharing project.
These days, everybody is talking about cloud computing, and many people use it in one form or the other. But popular cloud computing services are provided by a third party, which means that you store you data on a server somewhere, so that you can access it any time, from anywhere. But there are cloud applications that any person can use to host their own private cloud, from their home.
If you don't want to lose control of your data, yet enjoy all the benefits of an always-available and synchronized online repository, you can turn to ownCloud, an application that lets users share and sync files within the confines of your enterprise firewall on servers you control.
This document describes how to install and set up ownCloud on CentOS 6.2 on an nginx web server and php-fpm with postgreSQL database as backend. For other distributions there might be minor changes as to the software prerequisites installation procedures. This guide will not only help install the product, but also understand why certain points are done the way they are done.
ownCloud is free and open source solution for a central place where you can store your files and documents. You don´t have to upload your personal data to central closed services like Google Docs, Dropbox or Ubuntu One. All the data is under your own control. You can access your files via WebDAV without a special client.
As RMS emphasises again and again, at the heart of free software lies an ethical vision of sharing and mutual respect. Although open source blurs that vision somewhat thanks to the glasses of pragmatism that it wears, the basic idea is still there. And yet we talk relatively little about that ethical aspect, which is a pity, because it is both important and interesting.