Sync services - Wuala vs Tonido

Liviu Andronic landronimirc at
Sun Dec 4 10:20:00 UTC 2011

On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 1:18 AM, Patton Echols <p.echols at> wrote:
> I am looking for a sync / offsite storage solution and have narrowed it down
> to waula and tonido.  Since my thinking is kind of long, I'll mention the
> questions first, and my thinking second.
> Q 1. Does anyone have practical experience / comments about either?
> Q 2. If you like tonido, have you installed it on a headless ubuntu server?
>  The documents I've found on their site make it appear that a gui is needed
> for configuration.
> Q 3. Are their other alternatives I may have overlooked?
> My thinking.  Dropbox is an obvious choice.  In fact, I found both of the
> above by searching for "dropbox alternatives".  Given the security problems
> that Dropbox has had, I'm not interested.  Especiallty true since I'll have
> business data on the service.
Check SpiderOak. I've been happy with its approach. And they, although
closed source, come from a FOSS background and release various
components in the wild.


> What is attractive about Waula is that encryption takes place on your
> computer, not their server and they are right up front about having no key
> recovery method.  (If a service can recover a key for you, they can recover
> it for someone else with a sufficient bribe or compulsion).  Wuala also
> allows you to share a folder with other users or those you send a link to.
>  (Additional security risk here, but manageable.) The downside is relying on
> an international cloud service, no matter how secure.
> What I like about Tonido is that your documents are on your own computer
> that acts as a server for all the peers that it syncs with.  It does not
> appear straightforward to install without a gui (but I may just have not
> found the correct instructions yet).  I also don't know whether the third
> party sharing is fine grained enough or secure enough.  Sure, you can give
> access to anyone you want.  But I want more control.
> These are the basic requirements:  (1) Sync files that are available on my
> office (Win-XP) machine with my desktop and laptop (Ubuntu lucid) and, at
> some point viewable on an android pad. (2) Allow customers to be able to
> view their subfolder and download their documents but see no-one else's
> files.   In other words, if I have a file tree like this:
> customers/
>    john-doe/
>        drafts/
>        deliverables/
>    carl-moe/
>        drafts/
>        deliverables/
> I want to be able to give both carl and john access to their own deliverable
> folder, but not the drafts folder and not each others.  I believe Waula can
> do this, but I'm not sure about tonido.
> Thanks for reading.
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