DropBox: Sync your files across various computers-Platform independent syncing
DropBox, as the name suggests is a wonderful piece of software which you can use to drop your files and they’ll be synced. Dropbox would perfectly fit the metaphor of what is called as cloud computing. I know a lot of people still worried about no having the possession of their data and they are worried that their privacy is at stake.
Dropbox also brings in privacy issues but to be very frank if you are on Internet I am afraid you have already put your privacy at stake. So instead of cribbing about it, let’s see the other (better) part of using cloud computing. Dropbox is a free service (for 2GB of storage it’s free. If you want more you’ll have to pay) to flawlessly sync your important files across the web. So if you have your important files like resume, photos and critical project document you don’t have to worry about the risk of loosing them as you are putting them in cloud.
The most important advantage of dropbox is that it’s almost platform independent and works with Windows, Linux and Mac. Let us see how to install it on you Linux (Ubuntu) box and start syncing files.
Dropbox is the easiest way to share and store your files online platform independently.
Download Dropbox for Linux (Ubuntu)
You can download dropbox depending on the distro you have from the following location:
I downloaded the deb file for Ubuntu from here.
Once you have downloaded the deb file. Double click it to install DropBox.
Once you have installed dropbox, you’ll have to get the dropbox daemon. You can get it by starting dropbox for the first time. To start dropbox go to Applications > Internet > DropBox
Once you start dropbox for the first time you’ll be prompted to install the daemon.
Click OK to start downloading the daemon.
After this you should have your dropbox ready to use. All that is left now is to configure the dropbox. If you already have an account you can set it up, else you can create a new account to start syncing.
Once you have setup dropbox it’ll take sometime to sync your files if you already have some in your dropbox. It sits beautifully in the system tray and is very easy to use.
I don’t have no issues using it and it’s flawless to sync files across my Windows and Linux partition.