It’s like this. Dropbox is a great way of sharing data between your pcs and laptops. For a lot of jobs it means that you can work on one machine drop things in the shared folder and it turns up magically on the other machine. And the likes of Dropbox do it all for free. Well they do for a 2GB account which is all I need for that sort of thing. I have a few PCs and the service on the free account worked on as many machines as you wanted. So my aging laptops downstairs talk to my netbook and my aging desktops.
Horror of horrors. Dropbox now limits it all to 3 machines. That’s a pain for me. I understand, the fremium business model has to have limits or the freebies cost too much to supply. But in this case my usage is not sufficient to warrant a paid account which admittedly is less limiting. So Dropbox has to go and I need something else.
On my list of requirements:
- 2GB of data
- Up to 6 machines sharing
- Windows machines
- Linux machines
- Working with a shared folder
The last on that list might be interesting to you but there are two models that these systems work, one is a shared folder that mirrors a folder on an internet server. The other is that a device driver emulates a remote drive (SAN disk). For some things the remote SAN drive is OK but it’s too complex for what I want to do. I find the shared folder so much more convenient for how I use it.
I’ll cut to the chase, I tried half a dozen that offered the free folder, some of them don’t even tell you their interface model and you have to install the software to find out. Pcloud stood out like that, it’s a SAN disk and it didn’t say. Anyway what do I know, I’m just a body looking for a solution, why should I expect any company to tell me the simple workings of their product.
Linux was a stumbling block.
I ended up with Sync from Sync.com
Sync offers 5GB for the free account with the option to increase. No Linux version but they say it works in WINE. It syncs to a shared folder called Sync.
I tried it out in Windows across windows 7 and windows 10 and it appears to be OK. If I’m honest it’s a bit slower and a bit less polished than Dropbox but that’s really down in the noise as far as I’m concerned.
It has one foible in my usage of it, it limits the number of machines contributing to syncing by pausing sync behind the scenes for the least used machine. All you have to do is to right click on the sync icon and select resume sync and it gets going.
The linux thing was new territory. I knew what Wine was but I had never used it. So I had to blow the dust off the brain cells and start a new learning curve.
I’ll cut to the chase here, it does work out in the end and it works in the same way (from a user perspective) as it does on the PC. When I start my Q4OS machine it gets on with linking the Sync folder to the net version.
I have described setting up Sync on Q4OS using WINE in another article.