SparkleShare 1.2 Released, Install in Ubuntu 13.04/12.04/12.10

Last updated: October 8, 2013

The distributed collaboration and sharing tool SparkleShare has released version 1.2 with many bugfixes. This tutorial is going to show you how to install it in Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and their derivatives.

How does SparkleShare work?

SparkleShare creates a special folder on your computer. You can add remotely hosted folders (or “projects”) to this folder. These projects will be automatically kept in sync with both the host and all of your peers when someone adds, removes or edits a file.

What’s New in 1.2:

  • Fixes to the invite feature, now works when SparkleShare isn’t running yet (by Jo Shields)
  • Don’t crash, but complain when FIPS is enabled on Windows
  • Fix some interface logic in Add dialog
  • Fix some inaccurate sync state messages in the status icon
  • Fix conflict when running when TortoiseGit is installed
  • Fix blank Add dialog on OS X Snow Leopard
  • Fix crash when user cancels initial project download
  • Fix Continue button not enabling when entering encryption password
  • Fix Planio plugin name showing up as Gitorious on Linux
  • Show download speed on initial project add

Install SparkleShare via PPA:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands to add the SparkleShare PPA as well as git-core ppa (required):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/sparkleshare+unofficial

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa

After added the PPA, install the tool as well as the latest git via:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install sparkleshare

SparkleShare 1.2


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