tl;dr: sudo snap install syncthing --candidate
When we stopped developing Ubuntu One, I was left with two options to synchronize my files: use a service I don’t trust, llke dropbox or google, or set up my own storage server. I was just about to make the wrong decision when I found syncthing
Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it’s transmitted over the Internet. https://syncthing.net/
It’s simple enough to set up, but the interesting part is that it’s fully decentralized. It changed the way I think about the cloud. I have enough devices at home to make redundancy and high availability, so I don’t really need to put my files in someone else’s computer. We need more services like this one, but enough random talk and to the good news:
The syncthing snap is in the store! It has been there for a while as an experiment in the syncthing community, but after some time testing it I’m now confident that we can recommend more people to install it.
It would be very nice if we could help them testing the snap. Here’s a little guide to get started:
If you haven’t used syncthing before, maybe it will convince you to remain local for your personal data
Also, they have an interesting release process. They are not following our recommendations for continuous delivery, but they were able to easily adjust their custom scripts and add snaps with little effort: https://github.com/syncthing/syncthing/blob/master/build.go#L542 It’s a nice success case for the flexibility of snaps (and a little unexpected for me).
Let me know how it goes.