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NextCloudPi brings NC13.0.2, automatic NC upgrades, Rock64 and Banana Pi support, Armbian integration, Chinese language and more

The latest release of NextCloudPi is out!

The key improvement is bringing fully automating Nextcloud updates. This was the last piece of the puzzle, and finally we can leave the board just sitting there and everything will be automatically be kept up to date: Debian packages, Nextcloud and NextCloudPi itself.

Also, work has been focused on bringing NextCloudPi to more boards, making backup/restore as resiliant as possible, and of course implementing many improvements and small fixes.

On a more social note, I was interviewed by Nextcloud as a part of the community, so check it out if you would like to learn some more things about me and the project.

NextCloudPi improves everyday thanks to your feedback. Please report any problems here. Also, you can discuss anything in the forums, or hang out with us in Telegram.

Last but not least, please download through bitorrent and share it for a while to help keep hosting costs down.

Name change

Wait, didn’t we change the name to NextCloudPlus? Well, I am sad to announce that we have to move back to the original name, and here we will stay for the rest of time.

I understand this is confusing but it turns out that we are incuring into trademark issues with Nextcloud GmbH. It was my mistake to assume that we could just change names, and Nextcloud was nice to let us keep the old name so that’s exactly what we are doing.

We don’t want to harm the Nextcloud brand in any way (quite the opposite!) or any trouble, so I bought nextcloudpi.com, undid everything and just move on to more motivating issues.

Nextcloud 13.0.2

This Nextcloud minor version comes mainly with improved UI, better  end-to-end encryption and small fixes. Check out the release notes for more details.

Automatic Nextcloud updates

Finally here! NCP is now capable of upgrading to the latest Nextcloud version in a safe manner. This can be done automatically or on demand, by using nc-update-nextcloud, and nc-autoupdate-nc respectively.

This means that we can just stop worrying about checking for updates, and all the box software will be up to date: Nextcloud, Debian security packages and NextCloudPi itself. We will be notified whenever this happens.

A lot of care has been taken on testing every possible situation, even sudden power loss during the update, to make sure that the system will just roll back to the previous state if anything goes wrong.

At this point, the autoupdate is not enabled by default. If we continue not to see any problems with it it well be activated by default in the future during the first run wizard.

All feedback is welcome!

Rock64

Rock64 SD card images ready to run with Nextcloud and all the NCP extra goodies are now available for download. This board is thought of as the perfect NAS solution, featuring real Gigabit Ethernet (*) and USB3, but at a very low price tag, starting at 25$.

If you want something nicer than the RPi but the Odroid HC2 is too expensive, this is a great investment.

(*) Unlike the Raspberry Pi 3B+. More on this in following posts.

Banana Pi

The first testing build for the Banana Pi is also available for download. This board is popular for its SATA port, and Gigabit Ethernet so it is also a popular low cost NAS solution, despite the bad kernel support, GPL violations and some of the questionable practices of Allwinner. Luckily we have the Linux Sunxi community to the rescue!

This is a testing release, consider it work in progress.

Potato Pi

Sooner or later we will have NCP running everywhere. Jim is still trying to make his NCPotato board boot, he keeps saying that he almost has it. Good luck Jim!

Let’s take this oportunity to announce that we need tons of help to support more boards! The machinery is in place, and we now need people to help with building / testing / improving other boards.

As long as the board is supported by Armbian, it is really not complicated to build your own SD card image with NCP on it. Please share it with us!

Armbian integration

The patches have been merged to add NCP to the Armbian software installer. This is just another way to make it easy for people to install Nextcloud. Every Armbian board will be capable of installing NCP right out of the box.

Conversations have started to do the same thing with DietPi.

Chinese web

Last but not least, initial suppot for Chinese has been added to ncp-web. Thanks Carl Hung and Yi Chi for the help!

Author: nachoparker

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12 Comments on “NextCloudPi brings NC13.0.2, automatic NC upgrades, Rock64 and Banana Pi support, Armbian integration, Chinese language and more

  1. Great work! I use NextcloudPi since a few weeks without any troubles. But I still don’t really trust in automatic Nextcloud updates because Nextcloud hangs sometimes when you run an upgrade (from one version to another): https://seeseekey.net/archive/116589/
    By the way: You should add bank transfer for people who want to donate but haven’t got a Paypal-account.

      1. Yes, it’s quite old and from the Owncloud era. But I had the same problem when I upgraded from Nextcloud 12 to 13. Well, it wasn’t NextcloudPi but Nextcloud on my webspace.

  2. I currently run a Raspberry Pi 3B with Raspian and NextCloud 12. Lately I have discovered NextCloudPlus and am highly interested in moving on to that. As the Pi shows limited performance with LAN&USB storage, I am very positive about you supporting Odroid, Rock64 and BananaPi boards.
    But now the difficulty comes: could you recommend any of these in respect to performance?

    My Pi is connected to a Gigabit-LAN and the data is stored on a USB-HDD. I use NextCloud basically with the (Windows) Clients to synchronize the data folders (including larger files) and have a distributed “backup”.
    Furthermore I would like to use the Notes App in the future but that is negletible concerning hardware requirements. In another step in the future, it might be also interesting to install collabora office to be independent of local PCs applications…

    I currently backup NextCloud database and data to an external NAS on a regular basis, but an automated approach as integrated in NextCloudPlus would ease that procedure.

    Currently I focus on the Odroid HC1 or HC2, but not sure if this was the wisest choice.
    Any recommendation would be highly appreciated!

  3. hey N(a)C(ho)P(arker) & friends (see, it’s even in the name ;o) )

    again, great news and brilliant work. i can’t stop being thankful for all the efford you put into this nice and steadily growing tool. I’m surprised that noone at NC inc isnt seeing where ncp could go in the future… but wells.
    I’ve expressed my feeling about the re-renaming at other places already.

    i promise i’m gonna try nc-update with 13.0.4. soon.

    chinese translation? yaaaay welcome china, nee how (sorry for my bad chinese)!
    the new talk app might be especially interesting for them… running chats openly w/o any officials listening and observing them.

    and more boards? sounds tempting for me.

    anyways… keep the good stuff going!
    cheerio
    jimmy

  4. Thank you very much for making such a great peace of software! Without you, we would not have been able to setup our personal and secure clouds…. Thank you!

    I have two (beginner) questions:

    1. I ran the security audit with lynis in the backend and it shows many known (high urgency) vulnerabilities in the system, even though I installed all the updates for ncp and nc (and activated auto updates for ncp). do i still need to manual install updates for the system via apt-get?
    2. could you please integrate imagemagick in future versions of ncp…then beginners like me could completely (also the favicon) theme nextcloud.

    Thank you again and please keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks!

      Actually I included that in the latest images already 😉

      Regarding the vulnerabilities… they won’t be that bad otherwise the Debian people would fix them. It is true that looks scary. I figured it would be a good way to make people realize the importance of security.

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