Viber for Ubuntu Desktop


Viber is a text messaging app  that was designed initially for smartphones. They expanded to the desktop and feature an Ubuntu client as well. With Viber  you can make free calls and send free texts, stickers, photos, voice and video messages to other Viber users, on any device, in any network and country. Its pretty cool.

Viber automatically detects which of your contacts already have Viber, so all you need to do is select a name and start a conversation. No invites. No hassle.

With Viber's user-friendly interface, you can easily send messages and make calls. You can also change your profile picture, identify which of your contacts already have Viber, and see who else has recently joined.

Some of the Viber features... free text, photo and video messages with location-sharing, best-quality VoIP calls using 3G or WiFi, call non-Viber mobile or landline numbers at low rates with Viber out, group messaging with up to 100 friends, no registration, passwords or invitations required. It also lets you download "stickers" which are kinda fun.

I use Viber a lot since most of my friends and colleagues are on it.

http://www.viber.com/#desktop

Head over to Viber and download the DEB file and install it! That simple!

UbuntuOne Alternatives - Insync


Now that Ubuntu One is shutting down we continue to look for other alternatives. There is Grive which syncs your Google Drive files and there is Dropbox... both work fine. Grive is limited and Dropbox is expensive.

There is another option you might consider. Insync is probably the most powerful Google Drive client available. Insync extends Drive's web functionality to your desktop by integrating tightly with Windows, Mac and Linux so you can get work done. Pricing is very affordable. Best yet you can try it out for free for 15 days. Insync supports a variety of linux distributions. Go to their website to download your appropriate install file. For Ubuntu users you will want the 32 bit or 64 bit DEB.

https://www.insynchq.com/

Here are some Insync features: Linux support, multiple Google accounts, convert Google Docs to Office, built-in sharing without a browser, support for external & network drives, recent changes feed, desktop notifications, right-click share, on-demand shared files syncing, selective sync all folders + files folders you own, name your own folder, revert read-only files, *awesome* support.

Setup is easy. Just install the DEB file and when you start Insync for the first time it will walk you through connecting your Google Drive account. Once installed you will have an Insync indicator on your top panel as seen in the photo above. Clicking it shows you the options available which is far more then what Grive-tools can do.

Checking preferences gives your even more options and you'll be able to see how much space you still have available on your Google Drive.


Insync adds a bright blue folder for your Google Drive(s) and also bookmarks it for you as well making it easy to get to. Insync also features a handy set of icons on top of the folders or files to let you know if they are synced up or still trying to sync. Very similar to how Dropbox shows file and folder status.




If you dont mind using Google products and 15GB of storage space is enough for you, insync is a well designed option. Its better than Ubuntu One and just as nice as Dropbox, but without the heavy price. 

I love the multiple account feature, the top panel indicator, and I like the fact you can right click and add any folder on your computer to Insync without having to put the folder into your Google Drive folder. Very cool.


* You can get Insync for free if you share your Insync status on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

UbuntuOne Alternatives - Dropbox


Dropbox is a quality alternative to Ubuntu One which will be disappearing soon. Dropbox works well in Ubuntu and is easy to set up by downloading a DEB file and installing it. The integration and file syncing across computers and devices is perfect. Dropbox ONLY offers 2.5GB for free and charges $99 USD per year for 100GB of space. I wont go into too much detail here since most computer users know about Dropbox, but it is one of the top options instead of Ubuntu One.

https://www.dropbox.com/install

Dropbox is what I currently use (as well as Ubuntu One), but I am looking at other options that work just as good. Look for another article soon covering other alternatives to Ubuntu One. :)

UbuntuOne Alternatives - Grive


With the recent announcement that Ubuntu One is shutting down its services, its time to find some alternatives.

Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage. Not bad. If you need more room, Google charges only $2 per month for 100GB of storage space. If you dont mind the intrusive nature of Google, this is a cheap possibility. Unfortunately there is no native client in Ubuntu/linux for Google Drive. However...

There is a command line tool called "grive" and thanks to thefanclub a great app called grive-tools was created as a GUI for grive.

Grive-tools works great on Ubuntu 12.10 or newer and Linux Mint 14 or newer. As you can see in the screenshot above, there is a nice Google Drive indicator.

To install grive-tools, input these two commands into a terminal...

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thefanclub/grive-tools
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install grive grive-tools

If you need to install it on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, its a bit tricky (I could not get it to work) using these instructions HERE.

Grive-tools for Google Drive is basic but it gets the job done. Check out our next couple of articles for more options to Ubuntu One. if you are looking for something with more features that supports Google Drive, give Insync a try. I really like it so far!

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