[Freedombox-discuss] BitTorrent Sync

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 29 19:09:15 UTC 2013

----- Original Message -----

> From: Philip Hands <phil at hands.com>
> To: Chris Troutner <Chris.Troutner at PACCAR.com>; freedombox-discuss at lists.alioth.debian.org
> Cc: 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:02 AM
> Subject: Re: [Freedombox-discuss] BitTorrent Sync
> Chris Troutner <Chris.Troutner at PACCAR.com> writes:
>>  I ran across this article on Slashdot about the new Sync platform in
>>  alpha test by BitTorrent. Apparently it's 'like' Dropbox, but 
> it uses
>>  your own machine. It allows file synchronization between two (or more)
>>  computers, like your laptop and personal server.
>>  http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/01/25/1941226/bittorrent-launches-
>>  dropbox-alternative
>>  Does anyone know more about this?
> I don't, when I read about it I thought that if I wanted such a thing,
> I'd almost certainly use git-annex instead (and 'git annex 
> assistant' in
> particular).  See:
>   http://git-annex.branchable.com/assistant/

It's like bittorrent sync, except it doesn't scale and doesn't use encryption out
of the box.


> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joeyh/git-annex-assistant-like-dropbox-but-with-your-own
> The thing that it probably supports that git-annex does not, is getting
> files between two computers that cannot directly connect to one another
> and where no shared staging area is available for them to communicate
> via.
> If that turns out to be a real limitation for git-annex, I'd imagine
> that you'll be seeing a bittorrent sync back-end in git-annex shortly.
> Oh, the other thing it probably does better is windows, but I'm afraid I
> don't care very much about that, and if I do have to care Joey has made
> promises that he'd suffer a month of windows pain in order to port
> git-annex, so that issue will be going away shortly too.
> Cheers, Phil.
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