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Frequently asked questions

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Q: How complicated is it to get UBOSbox Nextcloud running?

A: It depends on whether you get it as a kit or pre-assembled:

Q: Other than ordering a UBOSbox Nextcloud from the Indie Computing website, what other hardware do I need?

A: You need a PC or Mac with a USB port, so you can insert the UBOS Staff and get the unique administration password from it that is generated specifically for your UBOSbox.

You also need a wired internet connection (Ethernet) and power. We ship several power plugs so your UBOSbox can work in most locations, world-wide.

For the Raspberry Pi-based kit, you also need a small Phillips screw driver.

Q: If I buy a UBOSbox without the UBOS Live management service, how much technical knowledge do I need to be successful maintaining the UBOSbox myself?

A: This is a good question, but hard to answer without knowing your background in detail! But perhaps this gives you a taste: to administer your UBOSbox, you almost certainly will have to log into the box over the network with ssh. How to do that is documented in the section on the UBOS Staff on You should be very comfortable following these instructions, or instructions like them.

You certainly will need to have basic Linux system administration skills, such as knowing how to determine available disk space, use users and groups, how to start and stop daemons with systemd, how to read and interpret the systemd journal, and the like.

Also read through some of the other sections in the UBOS documentation. If you understand them without problems, and are confident you can perform these kinds of operations, chances are you will be able to administer your UBOSbox yourself.

In all other cases, we recommend you subscribe to UBOS Live.

Q: Can I access Nextcloud from the public internet?

A: This depends on how you connect your UBOSbox to the internet. Here are some common scenarios:

Q: Which Linux distro does UBOSbox run?

A: UBOS! That's why it is called a UBOSbox... :-)

UBOS itself is a derivative of Arch Linux and its port to the ARM architecture, called Arch Linux ARM.

More details about the motivation for UBOS can be found at


There is also the UBOS user FAQ.