My daughter wants to install Dropbox on this laptop, so she can use it to submit papers for her high school classes. She has her own login account, so she could customize it as she needs. I have a few concerns though. I'm running LinuxMint 14 Cinnamon 64-bit.
1. Is Dropbox safe to run? I've never used it myself, and don't run any file-sharing software. The few times I have moved large chunks of data before, I have used sites like adrive.com, which is simply a webpage you log into and upload files. I have never used any that require me to install a program on my computer (WinXP at the time). So, is having a program always waiting to upload files a problem?
2. This is a laptop, using wifi over a lousy router that I want to replace as soon as I can afford a better one. Lately we are losing wifi connection and have to power cycle the router once a day. Only the wifi signal is bad, my wired computer never has a problem. Until I replace it, will this cause major issues?
3. I didn't even know Dropbox had a Linux installer. I'm sure the program works well under Windows, but how is its Linux performance? There are versions for Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora, plus the source code. If I use the Ubuntu version, will I need to customize the installation because Mint has different directory names? Or would the differences even make it not work?
4. Should I just tell her to use her older WindowsXp computer in her room? She told me it is slow and the small hard drive is half full, and she thinks the laptop would work better. My laptop specs are in my sig below.
So, sages of LinuxMint, please enlighten me. What is my best option in this matter?
System: HP G72 laptop, quad-core i3, 4GB RAM, Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon 64bit