OwnCloud, a Linux-based program that enables you to set up your own personal cloud, is on its way to becoming a commercial program under former SUSE executive Markus Rex. OwnCloud is going to become an easy to run and use personal, private cloud thanks to a new commercial company that's going to take ownCloud from interesting open-source project to end-user friendly program.
To make this happen, this popular--350,000 users-program's commercial side is being funded by Boston-based General Catalyst, a high-tech. But, many of aren't crazy about the fact that our files, music, and whatever are sitting on someone else's servers without our control.
You use it to set up your own cloud server for file-sharing, music-streaming, and calendar, contact, and bookmark sharing project.

It also provides a platform to easily view and sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all devices and enables basic editing right on the Web. At the company releases mass-market ownCloud products and service in 2012, I think many of you are going to like it as well. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center. OwnCloud users can run file sync and share services on their own hardware and storage or use popular public hosting and storage offerings." I've tried it myself and while setting it up is still mildly painful, once up ownCloud works well. Programmers will be able to add features to it via its open application programming interface (API).

Rex, who I've known for years and is both a business and technology wizard, will serve as both CEO and CTO. In the past, General Catalyst has helped fund such companies as online travel company Kayak and online video platform leader Brightcove. OpenSUSE, with its Mirall installation program and desktop client makes it easier to set up your own personal ownCloud, but it's still not a simple operation.

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