Follow

anxious, google 

I would be lying if I said I don't have background anxiety, like, all the time just wondering how I'm gonna get all my photos off Google onto something that's just as featured, fast, *and* also open.

anxious, google 

@celia my current plan is a hetzner hosted NextCloud with the sync app on my phone.

It won't have all the cool AI features that GOOG has (facial recognition, object detection, etc) but it'll be good enough for me.

anxious, google 

@Greg how did you move all the "albums" over?

anxious, google 

@celia I won't, basically. I'm not a heavy user of them.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane @Greg After I posted this, I realized I have a bunch of original quality photos on a hard disk, some on my mobile, and none on Google. However, Google does have lots of old photos for which I do not have originals.

This is going to be a mess. 😭

anxious, google 

@Greg @celia I am currently thinking about nextcloud but on the long run the amount of disk space can become enormous and will reflect on the bill quite substancialy

anxious, google 

@celia I have for the longest time been looking for a Google Photos alternative. The problem is convenience and features.

1. Photoprism - photoprism.pro/
It's open source, self hosted. No smartphone app. Lots of features.

2. Plex - plex.tv/
Closed source, self hosted, but you need to either subscribe or buy lifetime. Mobile app with upload. Lots of features.

3. Nextcloud - nextcloud.com/
Open source. Self hosted. Mobile app. No features...

anxious, google 

@celia
4. Piwigo - piwigo.org/
Open source, self hosted. So many features, but I don't know if there's an official mobile app.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane @celia There is an official Android app for Piwigo in F-Droid → f-droid.org/en/packages/org.pi

Last updated 1 year ago.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane I'll add another one...

5. Lychee - lycheeorg.github.io/

My most likely candidates based on casual browsing earlier this year are probably Lychee or Photoprism. But Plex looks interesting.

I've heard bad things about NC when it comes to handling thousands of photos. It also doesn't back-sync?

anxious, google 

@celia You are probably right about that, as I've heard she same. NC doesn't handle a lot of pictures that well. What do you mean by back-sync?

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane What I mean is... the auto-upload feature only uploads photos from the date you start using it. Which makes sense to an extent too.

anxious, google 

@celia You should be able to manually select your old photos to be uploaded.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane But that's it... thousands of photos?

anxious, google 

@celia I wouldn't use NC for thousands of photos. Anything else!

If you want (easy) automatic backup from your phone, you should use Plex or if you can, use Syncthing to use "oneway" sync to whatever solution you are using. Lychee, Piwigo, Photoprism etc.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane Yeah, haha. I'll have to think more about this.

Maybe this is one very good use-case for the RPi I have sitting. A syncthing node that backs up all my photos to a hard disk -- from my laptop *and* phone. A flexibility not to easy to think of implementing with Google.

It may also clone it to a Hetzner storage disk for example (in the event my hard disk fails) -- backups are always good. I might not be able to afford a RAID setup just yet!

anxious, google 

@celia Having a backup is more important than redundancy (RAID). So it's a good idea to have Syncthing on your RPi for handling your photos and then a Hetzner storage box for backup.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane Wait...wouldn't a "clone" hard disk be a backup in itself? 🤔

anxious, google 

@celia Only if that "clone" is placed somewhere else 😅

A backup should never be under the same roof as the data it's backing up.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane Oooo. I see what you mean. That's a solid argument.

I can probably roll with the 100 GB storage box for now but the pricing worries me. I looked at the next tier (500 GB) and was turned off to a local solution that gives me 1 TB worth of storage for how much 100 GB on Hetzner would cost in a little ove a full year.

anxious, google 

@celia The alternative could be getting another RPi, a HDD and then place it at a family or friend's house.

Would save you money long-term.

anxious, google 

@celia This badboy is perfect for it: hardkernel.com/shop/odroid-hc1

You can connect a 2.5 inch HDD directly.

anxious, google 

@wonderingdane Plex? I might actually try this... at least it's not google?

anxious, google 

@celia Not Google, but you need a premium subscription to take advantage of all the features.

plex.tv/your-media/photos-vide

plex.tv/plex-pass/

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Fosstodon

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.