Alternative to Dropbox for file syncing between linux, mac and windows

Hi,
I am looking for a free, fairly user-friendly alternative to Dropbox. Dropbox has a 2gb limit on their free account for syncing files. I don't need the online storage. I would like to be able to file sync directly between my pcs (Mac, WIndows XP, and Ubuntu) either through my home network or over the Internet. Something like Crashplan, which is for backup, but for file syncing. Does anyone have any ideas?

There is Ifolder, but that looks complicated to set up.

Thanks,
Sam
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Jared LukerCommented:
You can use Google Docs to store your data up to your gmail limit of about 7.5 gigs.

Maybe something like this:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11187-0.html?forumID=86&threadID=198914&messageID=2303562
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BudDurlandDirector of ITCommented:
Ifolder is cross platform.  You have to have a server to host it, but it works pretty well. http://www.ifolder.com

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bouguiCommented:
Hi

I use unison to sync file between multipe laptop and PC Linux Windows and MAC support.


http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/download.html

This is the tool you need.

Bye
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SamuelMillerAuthor Commented:
Hi,
Thanks for the comments so far! Unison looks like what I am looking for, but complicated to set up for multiple computers of different OS -- i.e., steep learning curve  I was hoping for something as easy to set up like Dropbox. I would even be willing to layout some initial cash for a piece of software to do the job, I just don't want to be paying indefinitely for a monthly service. As I said earlier, I also don't need the online storage which a lot of file sync online services provide -- no sense in paying for what I don't need.
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bouguiCommented:
When you will have a initial config that work you will be done for years,

only 1-2 hours and you should be okay.

I could help you out getting the initial setup.

Bye
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SamuelMillerAuthor Commented:
Hi,
Thanks  Bougui for the offer to help set up Unision. I may take you up on it. When I went to take a look at the GUI interface of Unison in Ubuntu, it would only allow me two select two folders to sync. Also, it seems that if I want to set up syncing with my home network, I need to designate one computer as the SSH server? I can't seem to select network drives? Can one sync multiple folders, multi-directional, on more than two computers at the same time?

I've tried Synkron, another open-source cross-platform program. Its fast and fairly easy to set up with network folders but it doesn't have the option of remote, off-site syncing that Unison provides, which I really don't need now but it might be useful at some future point.

Sam
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bouguiCommented:
HI Samuel,

I don't know Synkron so I can't comment but if it does what you want easier maybe it's the way to go !

For me Here is how it was working.

1) ! had a PC running Win XP at my customer + 1 laptop with ubuntu  + my home PC Ubuntu

2) What I have done is make a share from my Win XP and my laptrop would connect to that share and sync file from 1 folder on my laptop to the Win XP PC and bring new files from windows to my laptop.

Note : ALso a great feature about Unison is that it would also delete file on my laptop that I had deleted on my Win PC and from the laptoip to the PC

3) After that when at home I would sync my laptop folder to some other folder on my home PC and voila 3 machines where in sync, since it was with 2 linux machine only ssh would be used at my home.

To do that on more folder I would used symbolic link under Linux, has for Windows it was in ! folder.  But I'm sure you can do this on several folder.

Bye



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SamuelMillerAuthor Commented:
Hi Bougui,
Thanks again for the detailed response. I think for now, I am going to stick with Synkron until I need remote syncing through SSH, in which case I'll explore Unison.

Bye for now,
Sam
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SamuelMillerAuthor Commented:
Got me started in the right direction.
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