When comparing duplicity vs OwnCloud, the Slant community recommends OwnCloud for most people. In the question“What are the best personal file-syncing solutions?” OwnCloud is ranked 14th while duplicity is ranked 16th.
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Pro Encrypted locally before sending (using GnuPG)
Data is encrypted locally before being sent, and kept encrypted by a key that is never stored on the remote machine. So you might even store your data on a public space, people would still need your key or brute force it.
Pro Bandwidth and space efficient
Duplicity uses the rsync algorithm so only the changed parts of files are sent to the archive when doing an incremental backup. For instance, if a long log file increases by just a few lines of text, a small diff will be sent to and saved in the archive. Other backup programs may save a complete copy of the file.
Pro Versioning and incremental backup
You can retrieve older versions or files you recently deleted locally even after having updated your backup.
Pro Free and open-source
Licensed under GNU GPL v2.
Pro Works with scp/ssh, ftp, rsync, Amazon S3...
Duplicity does not make many demands on its archive server. As long as files can be saved to, read from, listed, and deleted from a location, that location can be used as a duplicity backend. Besides increasing choice for the user, it can make a server more secure, as clients only require minimal access.
Pro Has a Dockerized image
Docker allows to run programs on any Linux without having to really install them, and allows to manage versions so it runs exactly the same on different machines.
Pro Open source software
Pro Allows selective sync
Desktop clients offer sync almost as versatile as dropbox.
Pro You have full control with your data
Only chose a provider or host it on your soho-server.
Con You have to invest a few minutes in setup time
Con Not plug and play as Dropbox etc
You may need some help installing it on your web space, though some providers offer free install server.