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I've researched this quite a bit in the past and have never found a solution that meets my needs perfectly, so I thought I'd throw it out to this community.

I have a file server at home that I use to store all my movies, music and photos on as well as backup documents and the like. Currently I do this through samba shares, all working very nicely.

However I would also like to have some folders sync live similar to how dropbox works. the main use case for this would be my files that I work on, code, video editing, etc.

The key features I'm looking for are:

  • Syncing between multiple computers (doesn't need to scale too high but 3 minimum).
  • Can handle large files (GB sized)
  • Can handle large directories (100GB+)
  • nodes don't need to be connected all the time (laptop may be offsite)

bonus points for windows compatibility.

Once solution I've looked at is http://sparkleshare.org . It looks very promising but I'm concerned as it's backed by git that the repos would get very large in comparison to the files being stored.

I think the best solution I've seen so far is https://github.com/philcryer/lipsync. In this solution however the server is dumb and the clients have to check for new updates via a cron job.

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Don't know if you solved this yet but last week's Linux Action Show covered Owncloud, which is worth looking at. It got mixed reviews. –  Tom Brossman Mar 8 '12 at 9:01
This question appears to be abandoned. Unaccepted answer or unanswered, could you perhaps add more detail to your question? If this question no longer applies then you can either delete it or answer it yourself if you've solved the problem. Flagged for deletion. Thanks! –  Ringtail Jan 13 '13 at 17:16
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closed as too localized by Bruno Pereira Jan 14 '13 at 23:29

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