Dropbox drops beta tag, adds Linux client

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A useful tool in my mobile toolbox dropped the beta tag today: Dropbox went live to the public. This excellent file synchronization tool offers 2 GB of storage for free but you can add more for an out-of-pocket cost. Starting next week, a 50 GB account can be yours for $9.95 per month. We’ve used Dropbox extensively through the beta and like the simple client for both Mac and Windows. You can always access your files through the web as well. The program creates a "Dropbox" folder on your device and you simply drop files in it; these are synced up to the Dropbox server and back down to any other supported devices you have registered. There’s a file revision history and support for shared folders, which we’ve found useful for collaboration.

Also new today is a client for Linux boxes, so if you have a netbook running a Fedora or Ubuntu distro, you can get in on the action. Actually, a service like Dropbox is great for netbooks as it helps get around the sometimes limited capacity of storage on these devices. Add that to the newly expanded cross-platform support and you’ve got a great app to keep your files in sync on all of your computers. Highly recommended!

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