I am a paying (Pro - 9 users TIER) Seafile user since a year, after using NextCloud for about 5 years.
Made the decision to move away from Seafile.
Seafile is a great solution. However it’s a well documented LEGO set instead of a working environment and it’s too expensive for my use-case. I love the speed, I love the latency, I love the small ressource requiements. It’s robust.
My two reasons to leave:
The manual is scattered around the house. There is a docker HowTo but you have to read like 15 pages to puzzle together the required pieces. There is no ready-to-use out-of-the-box backup solution. After a full year using Seafile I am stumbling around a link in the forum which explains me to properly backup.
This worked well in the 2010s. In 2020s I am expecting a fully documented, tested, verified docker-compose which I can deploy in less than 30 minutes with working dependencies. Have a look at Immich (it’s a 7 container solution up in 10 minutes) as a good example.
We are a family of four and two kids in school. They work with friends on projects. We share data with the family in law, grandparents and so on. I do need 20-25 accounts instead a maximum of 9. But I am not willing to afford 800€ for the same. I am voting for a real Community version without user limits.
I am most likely migrating my data to OwnCloud. The docker container was up in 20 minutes, the solution feels way snappier and fresher than the slow and buggy Nextcloud.
Seafile seems to be a superior techie product made from engineers for engineers with money. Unfortunately I am not that customer
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for the great product.
Good luck with Seafile.