Dropbox Backup Service Adds Linux Support
Dropbox, the free, web-based file backup service, is giving Linux some love with its new desktop uploader for Linux. Dropbox’s desktop app was previously available on both Windows and Mac.
Even better the Linux client is open-source, with Fedora rpm and Ubuntu deb packages available, as well as the source if you’re compiling on another Linux distro.
If you haven’t used DropBox before it’s pretty simple; you just install the client which will create a folder named “Dropbox” in your home directory. Once it’s installed Dropbox will ask you to link your PC to a Dropdox account (2 GB of free storage).
After you’re logged into your Dropbox account, anything you drop in the Dropbox folder will automatically be uploaded and backed up online. Your files can then be accessed from anywhere using a web interface or any PC/Mac with dropbox installed. Any file changes are automatically synced across machines.
By default your Dropbox items are private, though there is a “Public” folder which allows you to share files or folder with the web.
Although you can accomplish something similar with a little Subversion or rsync, know-how, Dropbox offers a very slick, easy-to-use interface and will help terminal-phobes avoid any command line hassles. Be sure to check out our earlier review for more details.
Now that it’s available for Linux, sharing and backing up files across all your OSes is easier than ever.