Roll Your Own Dropbox

A session at linux.conf.au 2010

Tuesday 19th January, 2010

4:45pm to 5:05pm (NZMT)

Dropbox is probably the current leader in the storage application and service space for desktop users. Featuring an auto-commit-and-update mechanism to transparently send updates to the repository, changes are reflected on any other machine in near real-time.

Unfortunately, while Dropbox promises security, you cannot use your own infrastructure for data storage. Most data security policies would make this a show stopper for many organisations that wish to deploy such a facility.

By gluing a few existing open source tools together, you can replicate the functionality with a version control system, a file system watcher and a scheduled task.

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Time 4:45pm5:05pm NZMT

Date Tue 19th January 2010

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