Copy (Cloud Storage App) – Review and Installation Guide

Copy recently joined the list of storage clients with native apps for Linux desktops. Other notable storage clients that offer Linux apps are Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Owncloud, justcloud and Spideroak.Cloud Storage AppsCopy offers 10GB free storage when you sign up, an additional 2GB free storage when you first tweet about Copy and an additional 5GB storage for every successful referral. Now that’s a lot of FREE storage space!. If that’s still not enough, Copy offers additional space at competitive prices. There are native apps that can be downloaded on Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and Linux. Copy also offers companies the ability to setup a storage account that features advanced monitoring and sharing facilities. I installed Copy in elementary OS Luna. The installation was smooth and accomplished in a few steps.

Like other cloud storage apps, Copy features a menu at the top panel from where you can control synchronisation, open your folder or open settings and preferences.

Copy Panel MenuThe preferences app is features a clean, easy to use UI that fits nicely in elementary.

Screenshots

Installation

  • Go to https://copy.com?r=eZdfwW
  • Sign up and download the Linux installation file. (It will automatically prompt download once you’ve filled out the sign up form).
  • Check your email to verify your new Copy account.
  • Extract the downloaded folder.
  • Open the extracted folder and navigate to the sub folder pertaining to your computer’s architecture (X86, X86_64).
  • Click on the file called, “CopyAgent” and follow the on-screen prompts. DONE!

Copy will create a folder called, “Copy” within your home folder. If you’re familiar with Dropbox, you’ll know that the contents of this folder will be synchronised with your cloud drive.

ENJOY!

How to install and configure conky in elementary OS

Some people love it, others hate it, Conky’s the name. If you know what Conky is, skip the next paragraph.

If you’re new to the Linux desktop environment and haven’t heard of Conky before, it’s a highly configurable app window that stays pinned to your desktop and displays system information which it retrieves from your computer. Hence it can display the date, time, CPU and network information, fan speeds, etc. The main pull-factor of Conky is the extent to which you can customise the display. It may not be necessary to have a clock widget on your desktop for instance, but that bling it adds to you desktop is sometimes quite irresistible, and why not spruce up your workspace anyway?

(Most of this guide is based upon the guide for installing Conky in Ubuntu. This is a much simplified version. For extra configurations and options, see the guide: here.)

Installation instructions:

Bear in mind that the following steps worked for me, but that doesn’t mean it will definitely work for you :-/ I’m running (an almost new installation of) elementary OS Luna (beta 1). Good luck.

Open the terminal and type the following code:

sudo apt-get install conky-all
sudo apt-get install conky curl lm-sensors hddtemp

To run conky, type:

conky &

You should see something like this:
Default Conky

To close Conky, type:

killall conky

Next, search devianart and other websites for your favourite “Conky theme”. Once you’ve downloaded your theme, copy the file called .conkyrc to your home folder. You may need to show hidden files in pantheon. You can do this by pressing ctrl+h.
The downloaded theme may come with additional resources like fonts or wallpapers. Follow the instructions in the readme file or from the website where you downloaded the theme from.

Here are links to some themes:

My Conky setup

My conky setup

This will work very well if you have a resolution of 1600 x 900, but the theme can be modified for different resolutions.

Download the theme file: here

Download the font: here

Download the wallpaper: here.

Save the theme file to your home folder.

Open the font and click “Install Font” at the bottom right corner of the font preview window.

Conky shortcut

To add Conky to your dock, download the desktop file: here.

Conky in Dock

Save the file anywhere you like, preferably in /usr/share/applications/

Download the icon: here.

Save the icon in /usr/share/icons.

Open the folder with the desktop file and drag the desktop file to the dock. Click the icon on the dock to start Conky. Right click the icon to close Conky.

Configuring/Customising Conky

To configure a theme or to create your own one, see this page (Click here) for configuration options as a guide to editing/creating the .conkyrc file. ENJOY 🙂