How to make Insync works in Ubuntu 12.04 and Gnome Shell 3.4

At least I decided to exploit Insync to use my Google space online, I haven’t done it before because there wasn’t a gnome shell extension, that is now provided, but it lacks of instructions and on other website I follow they are very general, so this morning I spent half an hour for something that takes only 5 minutes, that’s what you should do to make it works and to make the extension to appear on the right and to work properly.

1. First of all download the main package from their website, this is the download page: https://forums.insynchq.com/discussion/1478/insync-for-linux-beta-8-0-9-23, or whether you prefer it this is the direct link: http://s.insynchq.com/builds/insync-beta-gnome-cinnamon-common_0.9.23_i386.deb, this is the version for 32 bit machine, and I know they write that is the version for LinuxMint and Fedora but works on Ubuntu too; if you need the 64 bit version click here.

2. Then download but do not install the “GnomeShell Javascript Applet” (for both version) because it doesn’t work, so right-click on it when you have downloaded it and select open as an archive, then enter the folders (usr\share\gnome-shell\extensions\) until you see the one called “something@insynchq.com” extract it to /.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions (local is a hidden folder so you need to press Ctrl+H when you are in the home directory to see it)

3. Search for the Gnome Tweak Tool on the applications, and then switch on the button on Insync, it should appear on the right near the weather extension or so

4. (optional) I was running the extension called:  “Places Status Indicator by gcampax “, it’s just a shortcut for some folders on your pc, but it sopped to work when I switched on the Insync one, anyway I started using the “All-in-one Places by jofer” and the problem was solved, and to be honest the latter extension is far better than the older one. So if you have the same problem just change extension.

Ubuntu 12.04

It’s almost a week since the new Ubuntu came out and I want to express my opinion about that. And it’s not a positive one.

Precise, not so sure...

I’m a Ubuntu user since 2007, I’ve always experienced some trouble, as almost anyone on Ubuntu, but nothing that google cannot solve in a couple of hours. Then came up Precise Pangolin, even Long Time Support…

In the last seven days I have had to install it at least three times, because my dual monitors and Nvidia graphic card make it freezing all the time.

It is so disappointing.

It’s the first time that I miss Windows, I have to admit it to my self. I spent hours (because I am a passionate not a technician) creating partitions, to have the chance to install every Ubuntu flower as soon as it was released without loosing my files. Actually this had to be the last one, because I have less spare time and I’d like a LTS edition for the next year at least. But it was not possible, what really disappointing me is that we’re talking of all hardware which is supposed to work with Ubuntu…

Anyway getting back to Windows is not a real option, the safety that Linux provide is too valuable for me and give a chance to open source still a good option for everyone in my opinion.

 

Edit: At the end I get Ubuntu working, with my Nvidia GT220 by uninstalling their driver and using the Nouveau driver (the one installed by default). Even the dual screen works, therefore when you plug in the second screen or you switch it on everything become black for 2-3 seconds and then everything works perfectly, on the whole this is a smaller problem than the preceding one,  and makes the system working. Anyway I had to install Ubuntu for the 4th time to make it running. Disappointing, fortunately everything now works!