[clug] SparkleShare vs. Dropbox

Jamie Carl jazz at funkynerd.com
Sun Apr 14 18:57:29 MDT 2013

Just wanted to say thanks heaps for that hint, Chris.  Just set up
ownCloud now and it's really suiting my needs a lot better than
SparkleShare and Dropbox ever were.


On 15/04/13 10:22, Chris Barton wrote:
> I set up an ownCloud (http://owncloud.org/) server about  a year ago. I
> wanted Dropbox without the capacity limitations and the data under my
> control. I've been very happy with it. I just checked then and don't
> appear to have the additional SS overhead you mentioned. Runs SSH,
> Linux, Windows, Android (although I don't use it mobile) lots of auth
> options, lots of plugins (which I don't use).
> To answer your question when I used DropBox I didn't notice any
> significant storage overhead above the stored files. Just general config
> stuff.
> Chris
> On 15/04/2013 9:32 AM, Bob Edwards wrote:
>> I have been using SparkleShare recently (http://sparkleshare.org), which
>> is a "Dropbox replacement" built on all the goodness of git and ssh etc.
>> (and you can easily run your own server, so complete control over your
>> files etc. - also runs on Macs, 'doze and Linux - but not Android, yet).
>> Anyway, being built on top of git, SparkleShare ends up using up to
>> twice the disk space on each client as compared to just the files it
>> is managing.
>> Eg. I have about 1.5GB of PDFs in a shared "folder" on my client and
>> git adds another 1.4GB for its compressed, cryptographically hashed
>> "repository" of those files. On the server, it only stores the 1.4GB
>> of git stuff, but on each other client that is syncing with my share,
>> there is the same git "overhead".
>> Anyway, I was wondering what disk space overheads Dropbox imposes. As
>> I don't use Dropbox, I was wondering if someone on the list who does
>> could let me know what extra disk space it might be using.
>> Cheers,
>> Bob Edwards.

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