Linux,  openSUSE

Installing Dropbox on openSUSE 11.1

Dropbox is an online file storage and syncronization tool, that offers to its users 2GB of free space or a commercial option with 50GB of space. The service is managed using a small application, available for Windows, Mac and Linux, directly using the operating system file manager. On Linux, dropbox provides a plugin for the Nautilus GNOME file manager, and an applet for the GNOME panel.

To install Dropbox under openSUSE 11.1, you simply need to follow this procedure:

  • Install it from the openSUSE buildservice, using 1-click install.
  • Open a terminal in your home directory and execute:
    • cp .xinitrc.template .xinitrc
    • Edit your ~/.xinitrc file
    • Locate the “# Add your own lines here…” comment
    • Add: `xhost local:root` under that comment
    • Save the file and exit your editor
  • Logout from your GNOME session and login again.

At this point, you should see the Dropbox icon in your system tray. Click on it and start using your Dropbox.

P.S. Thansk to Moro for suggesting Dropbox. And thanks to the openSUSE packagers for providing the RPM on buildservice, and to jimmac for the installation procedure!


    • Alberto

      Hi Antony,

      unfortunately there is no available plugin for KDE or Dolphin. The daemon part (closed source) should work anyway, but it would be necessary to write an frontend like the one for Nautilus but for KDE. There is some information about that in dropbox FAQ on their website.


  • Xaviju

    Hey, my Dropbox works fine under KDE opensuse.
    I’ve just downloaded it from the link you gave (1click-installation) and installed clicking it in the “recently installed” menu.
    Very simple!
    Dropbox it’s the most useful tool ever!!