OwnCloud is a nice cloud solution which is based on free software. It allows companies and users to run their own cloud services thereby not loosing the control on their data. Every day this gets more and more important and you loose control if you use commercial cloud services such as Google, Microsoft, or Amazon.
OwnCloud allows to synchronize contacts, calendars, email, files, and has many more features. Unfortunately, there is no real-time background synchronization of folders, yet.
Syncthing is a folder sharing system which allows real-time synchronization of shared folders between your devices and others. Basically it works similar to Dropbox, but again, syncthing is free software, which Dropbox is not. Thus you control to who and where your data goes, which in fact is not known for Dropbox.
Combining both, ownCloud and syncthing actually adds background folder synchronization to the ownCloud features. Please also read update at the end of this article! Continue reading