A while back I bought the WD pi kit (1 TB) and a Pi 3 to create my own cloud. Now I finally have the time to work on this, and looking in this forum, I have a couple of questions before starting off:
Which distro to run
Raspbian is possible, but I guess I’ll be going for Ubuntu for its snap-functionality. While this guide uses Ubuntu Server, the new Nextcloud box is based on Snappy Ubuntu Core.
So now I’m wondering, what to use?
I must say that I’d also like to make my own VPN host using the Pi (which I hope this BBC guide will get me started). Would it be possible to get VPN to work using Snappy Core?
Also: are there other (dis)advantages of using one or the other?
filesystem: I guess Ubuntu’s defaults are fine?
web server: it seems  Nginx is faster (for persona-scale use)?
database: again, I guess  MariaDB is a good one to go?
on Twitter someone suggested to boot from the drive  rather than the SD on the raspberry. Does it make a difference for Nextcloud’s performance? Is SD-install default and should I pay extra attention to reach this?
(if only there was a noob install guide by Nextcloud )
I just bought a WD PiDrive Kit thinking that I’d install ownCloud but now that Nextcloud is out is there an easy installer? The hardware appears to be the same as the Nextcloud Box. Is the image on the microSD card available for download?
Thanks for your comment. Dyou know if it’s easy or even possible to switch after installation? (Or do I need to reinstall nextcloud and/or other stuff).
And is there extra steps required to get it working with nginx? (I didn’t come across a dedicated manual I think)
I should think swapping out Apache for nginx won’t be a problem*, but getting the configuration right is obviously important. I won’t expect to see documentation as it’s not officially supported, but I recall seeing a guide on here somewhere, if not I guess Google will shine a light on someone who’s done it.
*caveat includes setting up SSL, pretty URLs or anything inherently outside of the basic .htaccess file.
Nextcloud running very smoothly on RPI3 with Apache2 PhP5 and Mysql.
I used Berryboot to load Nextcloud on my RPI model 3, works like a charm.
Downloaded Berryboot from http://www.berryterminal.com/doku.php/berryboot
unzip into 8Gb microSD
Just installed mysql and phpmyadmin before going to web interface to go thru creating user/password.
Love the fact that there is Native Linux Desktop App so when I take a picture with my android phone it gets auto uploaded to my RPi-Nextcloud and synct to my Nextcloud desktop folder.
Nextcloud is here to stay, as far as I m concerned, great job everyone, keep it up!