Free cloud storage

There are a lot of options if you want to store your files online (in the cloud) for free (free as in money not necessarily freedom). I’ve put together a list of the services I’m aware of and have used myself but this list will not be exhaustive. You can use these services as an off-site backup or for an easy way to share your files with family and friends.

Some of these services such as Google Drive and Zoho are online office suites which enable you to actually create and edit documents in your web browser. Also some services such as Flickr and YouTube will only store certain file types, for example Flickr will only store photos and YouTube only videos.

This list is in no particular order.

Free Storage
Dropbox 2 GB
Mega 50 GB
Google Drive 15 GB
OneDrive 7 GB
Amazon Cloud Drive 5 GB
MediaFire 10 GB
Box 10 GB
Copy 15 GB
Zoho 5 GB
Bitcasa 10 GB
Flickr 1 TB
YouTube unlimited

ownCloud 7

I have an updated article regarding ownCloud – ownCloud 9

05/08/2014 – I’ve just upgraded to version 7.0.1

Access, sync and share your data on across all of your devices. This is a great piece of open source software. I’m currently running ownCloud 7 on my own server. I can upload documents, video, photos and music and then get access to it anywhere. I can also upload my contacts, website bookmarks, calendar appointments and task lists. Because it’s running on my own server and the software is free (as in freedom ) I don’t have any privacy concerns.

Official website –http://owncloud.org/

If you are installing on Ubuntu just follow these instructions:
http://software.opensuse.org/download/package?project=isv:ownCloud:community&package=owncloud

Here is a list of the some useful Apps I’ve installed with ownCloud:

Tasks Enhanced
Music
News

If you don’t want to run your own server there are ownCloud providers.

http://owncloud.org/providers/

If you’re looking for an alternative to Dropbox, Flickr, Google etc. that is Open Source and totally free software give ownCloud a try.

My home server

Rather than throw out an old computer I’ve decided to put it to some good use.  I’ve turned it into a server.  I’m primarily using it to play around with ownCloud (http://owncloud.org).

The specs of the computer are as follows:

Compaq Presario SR1915AN
AMD Sempron Processor 3400+ 1.8GHZ
80GB 7200 RPM Hard Disk
1GB RAM

Other details regarding the server:

OS – Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Webserver – Apache 2.4.7
PHP version 5.5.9
MySQL 5.5.37
ownCloud 6

Home server back
View from the back
Side view - nice and open
Side view – nice and open
Top view
Top view
Server on floor
Server and Modem sitting on the floor
Server and Modem
Server and Modem

Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

Website: https://www.fsf.org/

Favourite links
Free GNU/Linux distributions
PRISM collection
We Can Put an End to Word Attachments