I’m already an happy customer of Ubuntu One and Dropbox, I use them for different things such as website articles on one and photo and documents on the other, but why don’t try a new service that offer 15 GB for free and a native Linux Client ?
Copy.com it’s a relatively new company that at the moment is offering the biggest cloud space for free accounts, in these days they offer 15 GB for free + 5GB for every referral that sign in with your code, or + 5Gb if you sign in using a referral code (note in the link there is my referral code).
So what offer this new company ?
Copy is very much like Dropbox in many ways, Copy also allows you to share files with others, from the web interfaces or from the desktop client.
Once installed, Copy will create a folder on your computer called “Copy.” And so long as the Copy application is running and you are logged in to your account, any file you place in the “Copy” folder will automatically upload to the cloud and be accessible via Copy.com and any other computer that you have running Copy
(a home or work computer, for example).
The supported Platforms includes at the moment:
Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows and Linux
The website offers a generic .tar.gz file for both 32 and 64 bit architecture, I’ve tested it with Mint 14 (aka Ubuntu 12.10) at 64 bit and it has worked without any problem.
Once you have downloaded the file unzip it on your home directory with the command:
tar -zxvf copy_agent-1.28.0657.tgz
This will create a directory with name
copy, to run the graphical client run the command:
Or just use a file manager and double click on CopyAgent.
The first time it will ask for your email and password to sign into the cloud service, It automatically sets itself to start at login, so the next times you login into your desktop you’ll just see a small origami icon on your application bar that will confirm that the application is successfully started.
Clicking on the origami icon you can access the setting of this application, where you can set some useful things such as where do you want notifications to appear, set bandwidth limits and configure Selective Sync, so you don’t have to sync all the files in all your Copy accounts/devices, you can also choose where you want the apps main folder to be, much like you can with Dropbox.
From this icon you can also pause sync .
All communication with the cloud is SSL-encrypted, and the data stored is further encrypted with AES 256. In fact, every 1MB portion of a file storer is encrypted with its own key (source)
Another interesting option is the command CopyConsole that could be used on headleass server, good maybe to setup a backup on the cloud for your VPS, I’ve to explore this a bit more.
How to get the extra 5GB while registering
Click on the referral code
Register a new account
You’ll receive a verification email, just click on the link on the body of the email to verify your email account.
Download the application from the official website
Run the application and use the email/password you have used in the registration phase.
Congrats you have now 20 GB on the clouds with copy.com.
You can also get another 2GB for tweeting the referral link on the Copy website during their ‘Tour’, the first time you browse your files from the Web.