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Dropbox in Debian Lenny (Gnome)

If you’ve been reading lately, you read where I installed Dropbox in my Slack64-13.0 and Slack64-13.1 on my desktop and laptop machines, respectively.

If you haven’t been reading, poo on you.

I use Debian on my desktop machine as a backup operating system. It’s fully functional and shares some common partitions with Slack; to keep synch’d somewhat. However, installing Dropbox would also be helpful for transferring stuff to and fro between these operating systems, which reminds me… I need to install Dropbox on my Win 7 laptop installation, too.

Anywho, installing in Debian isn’t quite as easy as it was in Slack, but it’s not that bad. Here’s how ya’ do it:

  • Download the source tarball from Dropbox’s site.
  • Untar it in your download or build directory.
  • Install the necessary dependencies using apt:

# apt-get install libnautilus-extension1-dev libnotify python-docutils

  • As root from within the recently extracted dropbox folder:

# ./configure -prefix=/usr/local

# make

# make install

# make clean

  • Logout
  • Login
  • Start Dropbox from the newly created menu launcher.
  • Follow the setup baloney.

Have FUN!



Today’s Featured Distribution – Ark Linux

As you can see from the Linux Family Tree, Ark Linux is a main branch distribution (with a little inbreeding from cousin Redhat) that’s been around since 2003.

I ran Ark as an experimental on my system a couple times in the past few years. I was always impressed with it. It’s simple. It’s not bloated or overloaded with fluff. It’s a working man’s (or woman’s) Linux. For those of you concerned about these things, Ark is a 100% FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) distribution.

The Ark Linux team is a small group of dedicated souls working to keep the distribution viable and as pure to their goals as possible. I’ve noticed that there have been inconsistencies with updates and upgrades over the past year or so. There is still an active presence, so I know Ark is alive and well. It’s just that I’ve become used to some of the more “commercial” distributions that update and upgrade every time their lead devs change underwear. Ark’s foundation is solid. They may not need to do as the others do in this regard.

You can download current and older versions of Ark from Oregon State University’s server (osuosl.org). The information you need to download is on Ark’s download page.

You’ll find Ark familiar and easy to use. It comes with KDE as the default desktop environment. It uses the familiar RPM and Apt as package managers. Most of your favorite Linux apps and tools will run fine on Ark. Their repos have the standard fare found in most distro’s repos.

Give Ark Linux a try, folks. You might find something here you really like. I did.

Until next time… learn something, and have FUN doing it!