Dropbox is great. But, you are putting your private, personal data in a corporations hands. That is a bit scary if you stop and think about it. The good news is that you can run your own Dropbox, using an Open Source software package called ownCloud. It’s amazing and works very well. In this guide, we’ll be installing ownCloud on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. It’s not very hard, and when it’s all said and done you have your own personal cloud storage platform that you control. You can even enable server-side encryption so that if you server is compromised, your data is still safe. Lets get started.
How to install ownCloud on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
This tutorial assumes you have installed Ubuntu 14.04 and have updated it to the latest and greatest using the commands below. Just FYI, I’m installing it on a virtual machine on ESXi 5.5. So, make sure everything is updated using these two commands.
# sudo apt-get update # sudo apt-get upgrade
Next, we need to install a webserver (Apache), a database server (mysql) and PHP. This is commonly called the LAMP stack. Fortunately, this only requires two simple commands now, thanks to taskel.
# sudo apt-get install taskel # sudo taskel install lamp-server
During installation, you will be prompted to set a root password for mysql. Make sure to set this as a secure password, and do not forget it!