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Dropbox limiting free accounts to 3 devices. Alternatives?

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asked 2019-03-14 19:52:17 +0200

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Dropbox is limiting free accounts to 3 devices:

I use Dropbox for getting stuff off my Jolla C - photos, email attachments - onto my Linux machines (SuSE, Debian) and sharing them with my wife who has >3 Apple and Windows devices. I also backup to Dropbox.

What's a Jolla-friendly alternative for those uses

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Question is tracked by Jolla! That's interesting.

DaveRo ( 2019-03-14 22:02:34 +0200 )edit

Check rclone for a CLI client for various services.

bomo ( 2019-03-14 22:42:32 +0200 )edit

Interesting reading about rclone - particularly about Amazon Drive since we have Amazon Prime. Much more limited than Dropbox, but good enough for my use case.

Jolla: how about adding Amazon Drive as a built-in cloud account?

DaveRo ( 2019-03-15 09:06:56 +0200 )edit

Btw, rcloneis available for SFOS:

bomo ( 2019-03-15 19:39:37 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-03-14 21:08:50 +0200

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Self-hosted Nextcloud instance running on my Synology NAS, currently used by four family members with their mobile devices (iOS, Android, Sailfish), as well as Windows and Linux based PCs.

Nextcloud support in Sailfish OS is said to be incomplete or even broken, but there are some native apps that work very well for me.

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+1 for NextCloud. Perfect for contacts, calender and files. My Pi is perfect 😍

LegacyUser ( 2019-03-14 21:22:37 +0200 )edit

If Nextcloud support is incomplete it's obviously not an answer to my question

I don't want to run my own server - at least not an internet-connected one. I do have a Banana Pi as a home server, but I can't be bothered to harden it.

DaveRo ( 2019-03-14 22:00:05 +0200 )edit

I don't know Dropbox' services in detail, but my understanding is that its main use cases are file synchronization and sharing. Sailsync owncloud is a lightweight and reliable file synchronization app. Administering shares would be done in Nextcloud's web interface (I don't know if a mobile app could do this with Dropbox).

What I mean with incomplete is carddav/caldav support of Sailfish. We all use Exchange accounts instead.

If you don't want to run your own server for hosting Nextcloud, find someone who does it for you. There are plenty of options. That's one more argument for using Nextcloud, isn't it?

ziellos ( 2019-03-14 23:50:18 +0200 )edit

Dropbox is very good, though it's become much more limited over the years. I used to host a website, Firefox addons, userstyles and userscripts on it - all for free. The best thing about it is that it's not Google or Microsoft.

I don't sync my devices to it, or store stuff permanently on it. I just use it to transfer odd files. It's a 'share' or 'send' or 'save to' function I want, built into both native and Android apps.

DaveRo ( 2019-03-15 09:33:30 +0200 )edit

As far as I understand, you cannot back up (with the native Jolla feature, for instance on OS upgrades) to Nextcloud, only to Dropbox or Onedrive.

Federico ( 2019-03-15 12:28:22 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-03-16 20:50:18 +0200

Leon gravatar image
  • can be used even without a central server (like Own/Nextcloud). Direct synchronisation between clients systems!
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