I was tweeted today about a special offer from DropBox.com.
As I run Debian Linux I had to build their client from source; no big deal.
The README indicated that libnautilus-extension-dev and libnotify-dev were both required. They were already installed on my system. However, I also needed the following packages, which were not already installed, via the command line following:
sudo aptitude install python-roman python-docutils docutils-writer-odt python-chardet python-pygments docutils-writer-manpage
I don’t know if they were all needed, but python-docutils package alone didn’t resolve the issue.
.Once the packages were installed, the normal build process worked fine when run in the source directory:.
./configure make sudo make install The result is /usr/bin/dropbox installed, along with /usr/bin/dropdb, /usr/bin/droplang, and /usr/bin/dropuser. The interace is a command-line console application. Running dropbox-start brought up the error: Starting Dropbox... The Dropbox Daemon is not installed! Run with -i to install the daemon The command: dropbox start -i brought up the installer. The DropBox daemon is downloaded. 2 GB + 250 MB bonus is available for free. 50 GB at 9.99/month, and up from there. With 2GB I can backup my documents but not my multi-media, which is good enough for now. Dropbox is presented as a special folder, which is a very clean interface. Just drop files into this folder and they go to DropBox. I'm very intrigued and will play with DropBox for a while. If it works out, most of my regular data will end up in DropBox so that I know it is backed up.