Ubuntu One is Now Open Source

While Ubuntu is open sourced, there are quite a few projects under Canonical that are not. Ubuntu One was one of them. Now it is open source. Ubuntu just recently released it’s file synching code for Ubuntu One. Ubuntu One is cloud storage service.

“Today, we’re happy to be open sourcing the biggest piece of our Ubuntu One file syncing service,” Canonical Director of Online Services Martin Albisetti wrote. “The code we’re releasing is the server side of what desktop clients connected to when syncing local or remote changes. This is code where most of the innovation and hard work went throughout the years, where we faced most of the scaling challenges and the basis on which other components were built upon.”

Ubuntu One code is available from Canonical’s LaunchPad.

Ubuntu One Shuts Down

Ubuntu One is officially shutdown. It’s one of a few failed ventures of Ubuntu parent company Canonical over the years. Canonical said it will focus on other areas of the business. Ubuntu One was supposed to be a competitor for Dropbox. It didn’t really take off as Canonical thought it would be. If you are a Ubuntu One user, you have until the end of July 2014 to move your data somewhere else.

The Cloud File Sharing Race

Who is winning the cloud storage race? The list is long and distinguished. Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box are the big five. Ubuntu One, Amazon Cloud Drive, Sugarsync, Hightail, and OwnCloud trail a list of lesser-known or perhaps lesser-used services. In terms of popularity, Dropbox still heads the list, mainly since it is the early innovator. iCloud leans heavily on Apple’s products. Google Drive is gaining market share.

In terms of my experience, I use Dropbox most of the time when sharing or transferring files. However, when creating new documents, I use Google Drive exclusively because the tools are there. When security is a concern, I tend to use OwnCloud. I do have OneDrive, iCloud, Ubuntu One, but I use them sparingly. Do I need more? Probably, not. I think having more than three services is overkill, but it’s nice to have options.

What’s your favorite? Who do you think is the best? Who will survive and who will not?

Ubuntu One On KDE

Ubuntu One is now on KDE. Ubuntu One is Ubuntu’s Linux cloud storage. Ubuntu One has been around for a couple of years, but it runs mostly on Gnome, the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. KDE on the other hand, used on Kubuntu, didn’t support Ubuntu One. Until now.

Ubuntu One 5GB Free Storage

If you’re looking for more cloud storage online, check out Ubuntu One, a cloud service that allows you to store files, share content with 5GB storage for free. And you don’t need to have Ubuntu to take advantage of its services. But, that defeats the advantage of syncing files with your Ubuntu desktop or your mobile phone. Another advantage the ability to sync your Tomboy Notes and Firefox bookmarks.

Ubuntu One has additional paid services. You can get an additional 20GB of storage for just $2.99 per month or 29.99 per year. Music streaming is another service priced at $3.99 per month or $39.99.  In comparison, Dropbox gives you 2GB of free cloud storage. For $9.99 per month, you can get 50GB of additional storage. Dropbox to its credit, is available on PC, Macs and in Linux. Ubuntu One is only available for Ubuntu and smart phones.

Since I’m a Ubuntu user, it’s all good.