Users of that other OS and Ed Bott are in anguish over M$ tweaking how “8” deals with synced files to/from the cloud.“I rely on being able to see all the files on my OneDrive through Explorer, whether they are synced locally or not; if this integration is lost there is no advantage to using OneDrive over any other cloud. Please add the option for power users to continue to see all files and use an icon overlay to show which are local & which cloud” As a long-time user of GNU/Linux (UNIX-like OS) and NFS, I chuckle at this. If you have a huge file-system that won’t fit on the local client computer, just mount the networked file-system on the local file-system and you don’t need to worry about syncing. Just access the files with your normal tools… If you need greater security, use SSHFS.
The one sticking point is loss of network connectivity. Who has that problem these days anyway? The desktop/notebook PC is usually on a copper LAN with a connection to the Internet. The small cheap computer is usually only used when in range of a wifi or wireless network. Further, NFS mounted
hard just keeps trying after an interruption of connectivity so a brief interruption is no problem at all as long as the machines are not powered down. The “little woman” uses this all the time for our local cloud. See the Linux man page or read about SSHFS.
I remember M$ “syncing” our files back in the day. I had a roaming profile with ~1gB of stuff on my desktop… Yep. The stupid system tried to copy every file it could find to my local desktop wherever I roamed. I had to remember which PC I used in the lab or there would be a long wait. That kind of thing is just stupid as the number of files we own increases and the total size of storage reaches hundreds of GB or even TB. Syncing everything makes no sense yet M$ keeps trying. They just don’t get small cheap mobile computers. They don’t understand their users.
So, you can choose to be jerked around on a chain to M$ or you can use what’s tried and true and unlikely to change any time soon. Use Debian GNU/Linux. It will work for you. There’s a reason the Internet runs on GNU/Linux. It’s a great networked OS having these problems solved decades ago. There’s no need at all to use an OS designed by salesmen. GNU/Linux will automatically cache a local copy of files you use, so there’s no need for M$ or anyone else to guess which files to use to clog up your network.