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    Default Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    I am a Leap 42.3 user and yesterday I received a message from Dropbox stating that they were ending support for Ubuntu 13.10 and below and Fedora20 and below. You must us glibc 2.19 or higher.

    Also only the ext4 file system will be supported. File systems that are encrypted via full disk encryption (e.g. LUKS) ecryptfs will not be supported.

    Can someone help me know that I will stay supported? They did not mention Opensuse only Ubuntu and Fedora.

    Should I go to Leap 15?

    Thanks for any help.

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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    There was an earlier thread:
    Dropbox will soon only support ext4 filesystems. Not good news!
    And note that the earlier thread was for Leap 15.0.

    I'm not sure that these new restrictions make any sense. But they are providing a free service, so I suppose they can put restrictions on how it is used.

    Personally, I have never used dropbox, because I was never sure that I wanted to trust them.
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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    I'll note that Leap 15.0 seems to be using glibc-2.26. I'm not sure what your Leap 42.3 is using.
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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    I'll note that Leap 15.0 seems to be using glibc-2.26. I'm not sure what your Leap 42.3 is using.
    Leap 42.3 "as installed" uses glibc-2.22, so at least that is not a problem.
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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    Thank you to those who responded for the information. I am using the btrfs file system, so I assume that will mean I will lose my Dropbox access on Opensuse Leap!! ?? If I upgrade to Leap 15 would I be able to revert back to ext4 file system with minimal trouble? I like Dropbox and need it on my opensuse computer. Any further advice? Help is much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by jdcart15 View Post
    Thank you to those who responded for the information. I am using the btrfs file system, so I assume that will mean I will lose my Dropbox access on Opensuse Leap!! ?? If I upgrade to Leap 15 would I be able to revert back to ext4 file system with minimal trouble? I like Dropbox and need it on my opensuse computer. Any further advice? Help is much appreciated.
    Hi
    Just create a small partition formatted to ext4 at your required size and mount as /home/user/Dropbox (or whatever folder name is needed), set the permissions to your user and group users and should be good to go.
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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    Dropbox will only work on a "bare metal" ext4 partition. In addition to the restrictions mentioned above, dropbox will not recognize an ext4 partition inside an LVM container.

    I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice: Something to be aware of, if the laws you work under require that you keep data on your computer secure, using dropbox (after November) might technically put you in violation of said privacy laws.

    I was a paying dropbox customer. Now I am awaiting my refund and looking for a replacement service.

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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by J_Andrew View Post
    Dropbox will only work on a "bare metal" ext4 partition.
    That's the impression that they are giving. But I am still wondering whether that is actually true. Perhaps they are only saying that if you don't have a bare metal "ext4" installation, then you cannot call them up for support in case of problems.
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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    On Tue 28 Aug 2018 02:56:03 AM CDT, J Andrew wrote:

    Dropbox will only work on a "bare metal" ext4 partition. In addition to
    the restrictions mentioned above, dropbox will not recognize an ext4
    partition inside an LVM container.

    I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice: Something to be aware
    of, if the laws you work under require that you keep data on your
    computer secure, using dropbox (after November) might technically put
    you in violation of said privacy laws.

    I was a paying dropbox customer. Now I am awaiting my refund and
    looking for a replacement service.


    Hi
    Plenty of ways to sort that out (if that is the case, time will tell),
    just extract the rpm and plop it on the ext4 partition and use
    symlinks...

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    Default Re: Upcoming Dropbox Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    That's the impression that they are giving. But I am still wondering whether that is actually true. Perhaps they are only saying that if you don't have a bare metal "ext4" installation, then you cannot call them up for support in case of problems.
    I read most of the 22+ pages of comments in the dropbox forum on this subject. The company never refuted the claim that it had to be on "bare metal". If anything, they clarified that it had to be on "bare metal". The impression I got was, that come November, dropbox will only sync with "approved" file systems.

    Also, they did not address the charge that this could put users in violation of EU privacy laws or possibly violate HIPPA laws in the USA.

    My impression is that they made a business decision and they feel customers that use linux are expendable.

    Edit: They only reason they have to support ext4 is the large user base that use android based mobile phones.

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