After the shut down of Ubuntu One, Dropbox (referral link) is the only major personal (and professional) cloud storage provider with native Linux support. While Dropbox is undoubtedly an excellent cloud service, it provides very limited storage (2 GB) in its free version.
Another good alternative to Dropbox for Linux could have been Google Drive with its 15 GB free storage but it has no official desktop client for Linux. Of course you can use alternatives like SyncDrive etc but those are not official apps.
Don’t be despaired. A nice alternative to Ubuntu One and Dropbox in Linux is Copy (referral link) which provides 15 GB of free storage for personal users. Copy entered the market in 2013 with its beta version. It is now stable and provides support for all major platforms such Windows, iOS, OS X, Linux etc. Let’s see how to install Copy cloud service in Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.
Install Copy in Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 via PPA
Open a terminal and use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paolorotolo/copy sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install copy
Install Copy in other Linux distributions
While this could be easily done in terminal, we shall be using GUI way to ease the process for beginners.
- Go to Copy website and download the compressed file which contains the installer for both 32 bit and 64 bit architecture.
- Extract the downloaded file. Go to the extracted folder named Copy. You should see some folders. If your OS is 32 bit enter x86 and if it is 64 bit, enter x86_64. Read this tutorial to find out if you are using 32 bit or 64 bit Ubuntu.
- In the respective folders, look for a file named CopyAgent. This is the executable. Double click on it to install Copy.
That’s it. You will see the option of entering your credentials in next screen:
Just like Dropbox, Copy too has an applet indicator that provides you a quick status of synchronization.
As mentioned earlier, you’ll get 15 GB of free storage. You can get more free storage by referring Copy to your friends. You’ll get 5 Gb of additional storage for each person. The other person joining with your link will also get 5 GB in extra i.e. 20 GB instead of the usual 15 GB. Similar to Copy, you can also use MEGA cloud service which gives 50 GB of free storage for start.
So what are you waiting for? Register for Copy today. You can use my referral link for a mutual benefit of extra 5 GB.