Very odd regarding Dropbox. Yesterday I came into the office and brought with me the USB drive with Pop_OS on it that I used to install on my Alienware PC at home the night before, and used it to install Pop_OS on my Optiplex 7050 to replace KDE Neon.
Then I tried to install Dropbox on the office PC and it worked the very first time and I was able to sync everything too. So when I went home I figured I’d give Dropbox another try. I spent a few hours banging my head against the wall on this and formatted and reinstalled Pop_OS three times and never got it to work.
No idea why it worked the first time on the office PC and never on the home PC all with fresh installs of the OS to work from.
Anyway, I decided to give Nextcloud a try. I liked Dropbox because it was familiar and easy to use for me on macOS and Windows before that. But I didn’t like that I wasn’t in complete control of Dropbox from a security/privacy POV. Although I have in the past made TrueCrypt containers that I stored in Dropbox and I felt good about that.
Okay, back to Nextcloud. I already have a Digital Ocean account with a couple of Droplets in it so I decided to spin up another droplet and use that with Nextcloud. I got it mostly setup last night and registered a new domain name to go with it and went to bed allowing time for it to propagate through DNS and all that overnight.
This morning I finished the setup including using Let’s Encrypt to secure it. I installed Nextcloud on the office PC and logged in successfully and then transferred the contents of the Dropbox account over to the Nextcloud/Digital Ocean server. It was much faster doing this at the office with a 1GB up/down fiber connection than at home with a 10/200 up/down connection on my cable connection.
I brought my MacBook Air in with me today too and installed Nextcloud on that it and it sync’d up all my files nicely.
So far, so good. When I get home I’ll setup the Nextcloud PPA on the Alienware PC and get sync’d up there too.
I like the idea of now having my own private cloud storage server that I control 100%.
This is a big step for me in the process of leaving Apple hardware behind and moving over to Linux fully.