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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Dropbox vs. Linux

From: Carsten Lange
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Dropbox vs. Linux
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:55:43 +0200

Nicolás Ortega Froysa <> schrieb am Mo., 13.
Aug. 2018, 10:39:

> On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 07:46:15PM -0400, Arthur Torrey wrote:
> > I will say that I am a bit perplexed by the description of what DropBox
> is supposedly doing.  My understanding has always been that all the file
> handling was done by the O/S (Gnu/Linux or other) in a transparent manner -
> you (a program) requests read/write on a file and the O/S handles it
> through the file system driver such that it always looks the same to the
> requester...  If so, how how would DropBox even know what file system you
> were using, let alone care???
> When I heard the news I too was a bit confused. Generally, Dropbox
> shouldn't need to support anything. The only interfaces that I believe
> Dropbox would have to deal with are those involving file
> editing/creation/deletion, which do not change since based on filesystem
> because (as you mention) the kernel takes care of that. When I write a
> program in C, even if I want to do something ultra specific and
> therefore use some of the `sys/' header files, it would still be
> universal to every supported Linux filesystem. What is the most
> perplexing is that they're not using it as an excuse to drop Linux
> entirely (which would actually just mean it's a business decision and
> they needed a cheap excuse), but rather they plan to continue support
> for ext4, but 'not' anything else. It was pointed out to me that,
> perhaps, they are not getting enough GNU/Linux users that are paying for
> premium packages, and therefore it may have been a business decision to
> attempt to reduce the number of GNU/Linux users.
> I would actually be curious to see if, despite what Dropbox says
> officially, the software still continued to function on all other Linux
> filesystems.
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> Nicolás Ortega Froysa
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