“One benefit of hosting a Mac mini server is you can use it many different ways,” Brian Stucki blogs for Macminicolo. “Owncloud is a great service to add to the multi-purpose list.”

“Owncloud is like running your own Dropbox service on your own machine. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dropbox. But if you want your data on a server that you own, this is a good way to do it. Also, storage space is limited only by the space on the server,” Stucki reports. “We’ve been seeing a lot of companies pondering whether they should put their data on a server they don’t own or how to get plenty of data space for their full company. And for personal use, Owncloud will do the Dropbox-like data sync with revisions, but you can also do things like stream your music, share photo galleries, and all kinds of other features. There are apps for different OS versions as well (including mobile.) If you want to demo an install of Owncloud on a server, you can do that here.”

Stucki writes, “Ok, so Owncloud is awesome. How do you install it? Glad you asked. We worked with Macminicolo customer Kolby Allen, to put together a tutorial.”

Full illustrated instructions here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Macminicolo” for the heads up.]