When comparing Seafile vs Box, the Slant community recommends Seafile for most people. In the question“What are the best personal file-syncing solutions?” Seafile is ranked 5th while Box is ranked 20th. The most important reason people chose Seafile is:
Seafile community edition is licensed under GPLv2 with source code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/haiwen/seafile).
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Free and open source
Seafile community edition is licensed under GPLv2 with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Client-side encryption
All files are transferred with AES 128 bit encryption.
Pro Cross-platform desktop and mobile
Box is available for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones. Which mean access to ones files no matter the device or platform used.
Pro Extendable via plugins
There are plug-ins for applications that allow interactions with Box.
Pro Salesforce and NetSuite support
Pro Sharing and privacy features built for business and IT users
Such as advanced sharing options, task assignment, notifications. Making an easy way to stay up to date on assigned tasks.
Con Requires maintenance
You have to manually keep the server and clients up to date.
Con Log in on every use
Any time the app is opened the user's log-in needs to be typed in, which can become annoying. While it is a nice privacy feature, an option to turn it off would be nice.
Con No Linux client
They are not willing to listen to Linux community. They've also deleted a bunch of messages from Linux users on their forum
Con Missing collaborative apps
Not being able to easily back up office works through an integrated office suite can be a set back when comparing to backup apps like Drive. While you can set certain apps to save their files to the Box folder, it is not as easy as using something like Google Docs, which not only saves while you are working but as soon as you are done, with no extra steps.