Released: BtSync App 0.1.0

Download: BtSync App v0.1.0 for Linux (x86, 64bit)  with BitTorrent Sync v1.4.103BtSync App is a Linux portable AppImage containing BitTorrent Sync bundled with a Linux desktop GUI.

BitTorrent Sync is a free peer-to-peer cross-platform file synchronization application from BitTorrent Inc.

Linux AppImages enable delivering Linux applications as single, self-contained, executable files that work across distributions.

The AppImage includes the Linux desktop GUI for BitTorrent sync, developed by YeaSoft for the Debian BitTorrent Sync packages.

This AppImage is an UNOFFICIAL package of BitTorrent Sync and is not a product of BitTorrent Inc.

This AppImage in all its different versions, can be found on this GitHub releases page.

The source code used to build this AppImage and further information can be found in my GitHub repository.

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Syncthing a Free Software peer-to-peer file sync software

Syncthing logoSo-called cloud storage services such as DropBox, SpiderOak, SkyDrive and Google Drive provide a convenient means of moving files between different computers and have largely eliminated the need to use USB thumb drives or other physical means to move data. Most online services however, suffer from one or more of the following shortcomings:

  1. The amount of storage one can use tends to be very small. Especially when considered against the size of an average computer hard drive.
  2. The user’s data is completely exposed to the cloud provider.
  3. The end-user software provided by the cloud provider may not support all platforms the user has, and may provide limited features.

From the above reasons, I was very excited to hear about BitTorrent Sync. BitTorrent Sync eliminates the first problem by having the amount of storage a user can use limited only by the size of the hard drive that he has. It solves the second problem by being completely peer-to-peer, which means that data is synced only between computes that the user chooses and controls. The 3rd problem is so far been approached in a satisfactory manner as clients are available for all major platforms.

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