Let’s say you’ve got two or more Linux machines in your home (or office). You want to transfer some files from one computer to another, what are the ways you can do this?
You can either:
- Use a USB drive
- Use Dropbox
- Use SSH (Secure Shell)
What if there is a small application that is simple, fast and allows you to send files easily without any configuration or technical knowledge, wouldn’t it be great?
Giver is a simple desktop file sharing application. It is a zero configuration software that anyone can use quickly and easily. Other people running Giver on your network are automatically discovered and you can send files to them by simply dragging the files to their respective entries in Giver.
If you are using Ubuntu 8.10, you can easily install Giver by clicking here or type in the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install giver
Once you have finished the installation, you can access Giver via Applications -> Internet -> Giver.
Alll the computers that have Giver installed and running will instantly show up on the Giver window. To send files to another computer, you just need to drag and drop the files to the respective row.
Upon receiving a sent request, a notification will appear on the other computer and the user on the other end can decide if he/she wants to accept the file.
When the transfer is completed, a notification will appear on both computers stating that the files have been sent/received successfully.
A good thing about Giver is that it only creates the connection so that you can transfer files easily. It doesn’t set a limit on the number of files or the size of the files that you can send; so if you have a bunch of files or folders, you will have no problem getting them across to another computer.
One software that integrates well with Giver is the popular Tomboy notes. You can easily drag and drop any of the notes to get it sent over to another computer. On the other side, it will automatically add itself to the Tomboy notes and saving you the effort of re-importing the notes.
In a situation where there are many computers in the network and it is difficult to identify which computer entry belongs to who, Giver allows you to change your computer name and use your photos/web link/gravatar as the icon.
Using Giver is almost a no-brainer. There is zero-configuration and anyone can use it immediately, even if you have no technical knowledge.
One thing though, it only works between Linux machines. It would be great if it can also send files to a Windows or Mac computer.
What other software do you use to transfer files between different computers?