To setup and use dropbox with XFCE is easy. Follow the steps below:
- Download dropbox.
- Unpack it and put the .dropbox-dist folder into /home/your_username/ or where ever you choose.
- Start the terminal and use the following command: /home/your_username/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd (Now it is possible that it might crash a few times in the beginning, but don’t let it put you down. Once you get the wizard running enter your credentials or create a new account).
- Finally if you want to autostart dropbox you need to add it to startup programs. Go to Applications -> Settings -> Xfce 4 Settings Manager -> Session and Startup -> Application Autostart -> Add and enter the following command /home/your_username/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd
PS! This was written using Xubuntu 9.04 as base system.
I’m not sure why but Dropbox’s .deb file made for Jaunty is not working, so I had to find an alternative solution. This is a rough guide how to get Dropbox to work on your Karmic Koala
Step 1: Go to Dropbox web and download the source. Here is a direct link to it
Step 2: Unpack the source code
Step 3: You will need the following packages (or equivalent):
So fire up Synaptic Package Manager and install them.
or install them via terminal using this command:
sudo apt-get install libnautilus-extension-dev libnotify-dev python-docutils
Go the nautilus-dropbox dir (the one that got created when you unpacked the source code). Configure, compile and install the Dropbox. In the nautilus-dropbox dir just do:
$ sudo make install
After installing the Dropbox you must restart Nautilus. You can do that by issuing the following command (note: if you’re running compiz, doing so may lock up your computer – log out and log back in instead):
$ killall nautilus
When all that is done go to Applications -> Internet and you see Dropbox there. Select it and it will finish installing Dropbox. When that’s done set it up by providing your credentials or registering and getting a new account.
PS! This guide was written using Alpha 2.
Edit: Thanks sanbor for your comment, I corrected it.