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TransMedia Lets Linux Users Sync To Macs, PCs, And Mobile Phones

The company's Glide Sync allows users to upload files to a hosted storage service and to synchronize with PCs running the most common operating systems.

Glide, the browser-based media sharing and storage service offered by New York-based TransMedia Corp., Monday made its synchronization software, Glide Sync, available for Linux users.

Glide Sync allows users to upload files to Glide's hosted storage service and to synchronize those files across multiple computers running any combination of Linux, Mac OS, or Windows.

Glide users can access files stored online using a supported Web browser on PCs or on mobile devices, including some ultra-mobile PCs and a variety of mobile phones. Though mobile phones generally lack the storage to mirror the user's online file library, they can still be used to view or listen to streams of files stored online.

In this way, Glide users can augment the 8 Gbytes of storage available to iPhone users with 2 Gbytes of storage provided free. Glide also sells storage in 10 Gbyte increments for $5 per month or $50 per year.

Glide Sync supports Linux version 2.6 on x86 architecture (32-bit Intel or AMD chips). The company said it plans to add Linux x64 architectures (Intel x86-64/IA-64, and AMD64) next month.

"If you don't want to be restricted by one system, Glide makes it possible to control your technological landscape," said TransMedia CEO Donald Leka in a statement. "The Glide Desktop on Linux can mean more freedom and cost savings for businesses and consumers."

One business that appears to be sold on the concept is Grey Advertising, which just signed a deal to use the corporate version of Glide, Glide Business. Other business users of Glide's platform include ASCAP, the American University, NYU, and Univision Communications. According to Leka, TransMedia Corp. expects to launch Glide Business formally in September.

Glide works with select mobile devices from Apple, HP, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and T-Mobile.

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