Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:35

ownCloud adds virtual filesystem to desktop client

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Germany-based open-source file syncing and sharing software company ownCloud has added a virtual filesystem to its desktop client, which means that users will now need much less local storage space and will have a more simplified user experience.

The VFS will be in the next ownCloud release, 2.5.0.

A statement from the company said that the main change was that a system would now display the file folder structure on the desktop as it existed on the server, but did not download all the data as in the past.

The user would now be able to download only the files that he/she really needed on a local device, while still having a complete overview of the files on the client, which are visualised, but not downloaded).

If a file was needed, the the user would be able to click on it in the virtual filesystem and download it.

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The virtual filesystem aims to integrate ownCloud with familiar desktop workflows, so that the user can concentrate solely on essential tasks.

In future versions, for example, users will be able to perform file operations, such as moving, deleting or renaming files, and also share data with other users more conveniently from the file browser and without having to manually synchronise data from the server.

Users will also be able to change the synchronisation status of a file. It will soon be as easy as making data available on demand; local storage space will intuitively be freed up by transferring corresponding files to the cloud via the context menu.

There are detailed instructions at this link for anyone who wants to try out the VFS in a test version of the desktop client.

Screenshots: courtesy ownCloud

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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