Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Dropbox - a study in what's right with open source, and wrong with windows.

Filed under
Web

Today I tried to use a piece of software named "dropbox" which allows you to share files safely on the internet. It's not a P2P thief-ware or mechanism for infringement of rights, but then, almost no software is. It's just to let you put one of your files in a place that you can still reach when you're at work or at some other location. There are a host of problems with this, the first of which is security. Dropbox attempts to resolve these, but has some problems of course.

The first problem is that, like most windows software, it tells you very little about how it works, and requires a full installation before you're even asked to create an account. Only after you've made an account does it inform you that you have to pay to use it, or be limited to 2GB. It also doesn't give ANY information about how safe it really is, only that you've loaded a "proprietary" driver on your system. Great, viruses can also be proprietary, so that isn't exactly a guarantee of safety.

I tried it, and it did not work as advertised. In fact, it is nothing more than an alteration on the existing networking layer. Without the windows architecture, it doesn't even work.

In Open Source, this is rarely a problem.




More in Tux Machines

Debian 9.0 "Stretch" Might Not Have UEFI Secure Boot Support

Debian 9.0 "Stretch" has seen UEFI Secure Boot support no longer being considered a release blocker but is now just a stretch goal for this upcoming release. Debian developer Jonathan Wiltshire shared that while Secure Boot support was planned for Debian 9.0, it might not happen now due to short on time and resources. Secure Boot might still work its way though into a later Debian 9.x update. Read more

Development News: Rust 1.17 and SourceForge

  • Announcing Rust 1.17
    The Rust team is happy to announce the latest version of Rust, 1.17.0. Rust is a systems programming language focused on safety, speed, and concurrency.
  • Rust 1.17 Released
    Judging by the massive Rust fan base in our forums, those of you reading this will be delighted today about the newest version of Rustlang, v1.17.
  • SourceForge: Let's hold hands in a post-CodePlex world [Ed: Microsoft Gavin needlessly interjects Microsoft into it. Like CodePlex was EVER relevant…]
    President Logan Abbott has said he’ll seek tighter integration between SourceForge’s tools and those of others – including giant rival GitHub.

Nouveau Re-Clocked With DRM-Next Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev vs. NVIDIA 381 Driver

A few days back I posted benchmarks of the initial GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080 Nouveau 3D support. As expected, the performance was rather abysmal with re-clocking not being available for Pascal (or Maxwell) GPUs on this open-source NVIDIA Linux kernel driver. For those trying to use Nouveau for Linux games or care about your GPU clock speeds, currently the GTX 600/700 "Kepler" series is still your best bet or the GTX 750 "Maxwell 1" is the last NVIDIA graphics processors not requiring signed firmware images and can properly -- but manually -- re-clock with the current Nouveau driver. Read more

Coverage From Recent Linux Conferences