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Personal Cloud Software Pain Points

For the last few weeks, I’ve been evaluating using ownCloud for building my own personal cloud. The install process is more time consuming than it is difficult. Now that I’ve got my server up and running well, I’ve been putting it through the paces more. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t hitting a bit of resistance.

I did have second thoughts early on that maybe I should’ve gone with Nextcloud. Before panicking, I decided to read up more on Nextcloud. The issues that were extant in those reviews of Nextcloud’s software were more or less the same deal as ownCloud, but with slightly different caveats.

Same shit, different day.

Feeling trapped in a corner, I realized I may have to donate some money to the cause to get the solution that I desired. I initially scoffed at the Play Store charging more than $0, but times were tough.

Then I realized my error.

For the best experience with both contact and calendar syncing, it now seems obvious to me to use DAVx5. It solves the issues that plagued me. Syncing information while avoiding unnecessary duplicates is actually a difficult problem to solve, and I’m grateful it’s been solved. My initial reluctance was overcome when I found out that I could download said software for free, compile it, and install it on my phone for nothing. I could even do updates to my heart’s content. Or… I could spend a couple bucks and never have to open the Android IDE again.

My first experiences with Linux was through the difficult and cumbersome Slackware distribution. You have to do almost everything yourself, and it takes a lot of time. Hell yeah, I’m willing to give anyone $5 (or less) to free me from that perpetual Sisyphean maintenance cycle.

I thus enthusiastically accepted that donation rather quickly.

I’m hoping to be able to do a tutorial soon to help others through this, but I’ve found the existing documentation and community help more than sufficient.

Well done to both ownCloud and Nextcloud both.