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Ubuntu One

UbUbuntu-Oneuntu One is a cloud file sharing system for Linux Ubuntu. I have been using it for several years, maybe longer. It syncs files between several computers I have that are running Linux Ubuntu. For me it has functioned flawlessly. I only used a tiny portion of the available 5G free space in Ubuntu One. No need to purchase additional.

Ubuntu One was expanding into compatibility with all the major operating systems, including Windows and Mac.

Therein I assume resides the problem. Nothing in this world is really free. But Ubuntu and Ubuntu One are. Ubuntu just announced they will be shutting down Ubuntu One in June this year (short notice!) and haven’t stated any alternative. I assume they think we all use Google or Amazon cloud or other “universal” storage.

Not true for me but it seems I will have to investigate those services if I want to gain the file sharing between all my computers. I use MS One Drive for my windows computers, no easy interface to Linux. I was just about to try Ubuntu One on my Win 7 when I saw the announcement (below) in an email,

As sad as I am to see it go, I can understand. I was taking the free ride. Developing the software that created it was done by volunteers and contributors as well as Canonical. That covers the software. But put thousands of user interfaces into a running cloud server is an ongoing cost. The big killer was the other services started giving away huge chunks of free storage. (Follow the link at the bottom.)

Now I am thinking, I could have bought some space (I don’t need) just to support the service, but then thinking about it a bit more, I have to think it probably wouldn’t have made a difference. How much fragmentation can be supported? A strong universal system is what is required. I don’t know if Ubuntu One was as serious contender.

Thanks Ubuntu One it was a great ride for my needs. Sorry to see you go.

We are sorry to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014.

It is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores have been removed.

As always, your content belongs to you. If you have already uploaded any content you can simply download your files onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of 1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

We’ve always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you’ve shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you’ll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

See this post for more details.

The Ubuntu One team

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