[owncloud-devel] ownCloud-for-everybody Proposal
correspondent at influency.com
Thu Dec 17 20:03:08 GMT 2015
Thank you for launching this project!
I. Proposal of: William Gibbens of Influency
Dated December 16th, 2015
I would welcome an opportunity to participate in the (Western Digital /
ownCloud Team) collaborating in the creation a self-hosted device
(SW/HW) ownCloud device
I've been deeply involved in computing and open source software
working as an artist, educator, critic and developer from my independent
studio, Influency. Over the years, I've remained deeply skeptical of
various web-based mail, storage and hosting "solutions" preferring
instead to establish and maintain my own evolving infrastructures.
Just recently, a client presented me with a Qnap NW-RAID device
(for extensive examination) which he had attempted to utilize without
satisfaction. Providing some additional criteria, he then asked me to
research and implement a viable self-hosted "Cloud Storage" solution
that would meet his needs.
The "Cloud" solution I recommended and implemented for my client
was a PC based Fedora 23 (non rpm) implementation of ownCloud. However,
would the solution suit my own needs? I dd not want to run another PC
24/7 and made a mental note that it wold be nice to try something like a
"pi" based solution... I've spent the last week re-building my studio -
arriving at the point of establishing a RAID Array on my main
development box yet yearning for a small, silent, networked "cloud" to
synchronize key project files, data and content between my main and laptop.
Just yesterday - I found your article about this project! I am
older, have a lot of experience and interest in Open Source, Open
Standards Hardware, Software and Product Development. I've taken some
time away from the commercial end of the industry and, in my opinion,
the biggest challenge I face is finding things to do which are not only
meaningful and worthwhile doing, but also offer a good set of
interdisciplinary challenges in a collegial atmosphere.
Thus, I believe this project would be great and that my recent
"Cloud" project established a sound critical and technical base -
establishing my interest and setting the stage for productive
participation in the project team.
1. Phase I: 10+
- I want to work on the early prototypes because both the
technical constellation is well defined and time frame is compatible
with my skills, interests and availability.
- I would expect to flexibly apply both my development and
consulting expertise into play on tasks identified and prioritized with
- Perhaps: images, scripting (I do a lot of), tooling,
initial setup experience.
2. Phase II: 500+
- I am very interested in integrating and optimizing (HW/OS)
with the design, development and testing of functional interfaces and
applications for a device
- I would be particularly interested in developing
opportunities for further product development around such a self-hosted
- I also would also be very interested in engaging other
(participants / consumers) in the "ownCloud-for-everybody"
(Prototype/Beta) challenge here in Vancouver
- I would certainly enjoy arranging to host beta testing
session, installation workshops and speaking engagements and writing
about this project
- Perhaps: ownCloud apps around that can work on any of
I believe it is a great project and I hope you can fit me in! I'll
follow the progress with interest in any event. Thank you again.
William Gibbens of Influency, 604-222-8707
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