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Using dropbox to share profile between different os

With dropbox [ don’t know what that is yet? Visit http://www.dropbox.com to get an account ], sharing Firefox profiles can’t be any easier. Let’s say I want to share the profile between my windows 7 and ubuntu 10.10, I’ll do the followings:
1) Have dropbox installed on both my windows 7 and ubuntu 10.10 and set up the 2GB free account registered at dropbox.com
2) Create a new folder under [dropbox folder], let’s name it ff_dropbox
3) In either windows 7 or ubuntu, start firefox with the “–ProfileManager” option
windows: “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -ProfileManager
ubuntu: firefox –ProfileManager
4) Create Profile -> Next -> Enter a name for the new profile -> Choose Folder and select the folder created in step 2) -> Finish, make sure “Don’t ask on startup” is chosen
5) Reboot into another OS and start firefox with the same option as 3) and choose the folder in step 4)
6) For space and performance reason, I will need to make sure cache is not being sync’ed, on both os’es, click dropbox icon -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Selective sync -> Advanced View -> un-collapse ff_dropbox and unchecked the following folders:
Cache
Cache (Conflict case #, if any)
OfflineCache
7) For security reason, I never save passwords on to the shared profile

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