SparkleShare is a 100% free and open source, cross-platform file sharing system started by Hylke Bons. The idea for the project came from the 2010 GNOME UX Hackfest. It's very similar to Dropbox or Box.net, but it is backed by the free and open source version control system git.
Basically, the way it works is that you will have a special folder on your computer, called 'Sparkleshare', and everything in that folder is also present in a version-controlled remote git repository. If you create a new file in a Sparkleshare folder, it will immediately be committed and pushed into the remote git repository, and everyone else who is using Sparkleshare to connect to that folder will be able to see the file you just created appear in their Sparkleshare folders. If someone else opens the file you just created and modifies it, their Sparkleshare client will automatically commit and push their changes to the repository, and you'll be able to see them in your Sparkleshare folder (and you'll get a handy notification!)
Sparkleshare is a great, free & open source way to collaborate on files, without worrying about manual version control or having to manually upload and broadcast links to your work.
You're going to need the following things before you can start following this tutorial!
- Root access to a computer with Fedora 13, Fedora 14, or Fedora 15 installed.
- A Fedora Account System account that is a member of the designteam group.
- An SSH key configured with your Fedora Account System account, and present in a folder called '.ssh' in your home directory on your computer.
- What is an SSH key, and why do I need one?
- How to create an SSH key (If you don't already have one)
- You may add your SSH key to your FAS account by visiting the Fedora Account System, logging in, clicking on 'My Account' in the left-hand navigation, click '(edit)' next to 'Account Details', and upload your public SSH key using the upload button next to 'Public RSA SSH Key:'.