Dropbox Clone Ubuntu One

May 12, 2009

The cloud-based service Ubuntu One goes into the public beta phase. Using Ubuntu One, computers can be synchronized via online memory. So far, Canonical is withholding details.

Ubuntu One, now in the closed beta phase, enables the exchange of files between Ubuntu 9.04 computers over the Internet. Anyone wanting to participate in the beta test can request an access code, which is required to access Ubuntu's Launchpad. Ubuntu One users with the Free plan get 2GB of storage space. For US$ 10 per month, users get 10GB.

To use the Ubuntu One service, the user downloads the software via the PPA service and installs it. Detailed instructions are available on the Ubuntu One website.

The website does not say how long the beta phase lasts. The service is reminiscent of Dropbox, but has the advantage of working cross-platform and offering some additional features. Also missing on the Ubuntu One pages is information about privacy and security when transmitting data.

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  • not a clone

    This really isnt a clone of dropbox or anything at all. The eventual result is intended to be a place where your browser's bookmarks auto-sync, your calendars sync, contacts live AND files and things and stuff. Almost like a google account workaround for your personal info, without the google EULA.
    Calling it a clone is oversimplified and off-track.
  • iFolder

    I have been using iFolder for years synching XP and SLED systems with NO issues. It is not only the FIRST file synching technology, it is the first OSS version.

    Both DropBox and Ubuntu One are iFolder clones so get that straight up front.
    I also use DropBox on my Ubuntu system and it works great and I have 5GB for free due to referrals.

    Ubuntu One will need to come in line with DropBox pricing (free up to 5GB or 50GB for $10/mo.) before I will pay attention.
  • Novell Ifolder?

    You have to be kidding right? the open source version.. try and get a client and server version working together and then once you actually achieve that amazing feat, try and get another client working with a different OS.

    I used Ifolder for approx two years before Dropbox but I then upgraded to a new distro and I spent 2 days trying to get Ifolder to build successfully on the server and then when I did, I couldn't get a windows client to work with it... I believe it hasn't been updated in a long time either.

    Dropbox is a no-brainer for me, though I would be inclined to support Ubuntu if they come close on the price point of Dropbox.

    PS: The capture implemenation is one of the worst I have seen. Why not put it at the bottom and if you get it wrong, put a back button or better yet, redisplay my text and the new captcha
  • Yet another reimplementation of dropbox or iFolder

    Novell iFolder anyone? Open source and its been doing much the same thing for years.

    Read Joel on Software for his take on this continual wheel-reinvention
  • The Anonymous English Major

    As usual, anonymous is annoying.
  • Horribly written

    I have to apologize to the author, Kristian, The first version was translated by a new translator and should have been checked more thoroughly. It's reworked now and looks more like his text.
  • Anybody ever hear of spideroak?

    Does the exact same thing....and it's out of beta already...same price point and everything...
  • Not Open Source and not cross platform

    Lets not forget that the server backend is not open source and there are currently no plans to make it open source.

    Couple this with the fact it only works with one specific distro unlike Dropbox which is truely cross platform *although not open source)
  • "Ubuntu One" name infringes on Ubuntu trademark policy and creates confusion

  • Free Reverse FUD!

    I currently have:

    1 iMac (OS X)
    1 MacBook Pro (OS X)
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    They all sync with one another via my free 2GB Dropbox account.

    Not sure *where* you got the idea that Dropbox wasn't cross platform. Not open source, yes. Not cross platform? Wrong.
  • Wow, what a horribly written article

    You've got to be kidding me. If THIS can get published, then there is how for us all to be 'writers'. I know eight-graders who write better than that.

    Linux Mag should take this article down and have it re-written or at least proofed again. What a joke.
  • Not a very enticing offer

    2GB free is the same as Dropbox's free offering (although Dropbox will bump that up to 5GB with referrals). Dropbox's $10/mth (or $99/year) offering is also for 50GB, rather than 10GB.

    So far, this looks like just a more expensive Dropbox, but with zero information about features. Not enough to get me excited yet.
  • Very choppily written...

    "Ubuntu one-time users receive 2 gigabytes of storage space, and those who pay U.S. 10 dollars per month receive 10 gigabytes."
    What is an "Ubuntu one-time user"? Really... that should be "Ubuntu One free user" (or something along those lines).

    "The website does not reveal the site how long the beta phase lasts"
    "_The website_" does not reveal "_the site_"
    confusing repetition.

    This could be better rewritten as
    "The website does not reveal for how long the project will be in the beta phase."

    "The service is strongly reminiscent of Dropbox, but has the advantage of working cross-platform and offering some additional features."
    This is confusing, seeing as Ubuntu One is in beta. (therefore having less features, and, in this case, is not really cross platform.)

    Rewritten: "The service is strongly reminiscent of Dropbox, which has the advantage of working cross-platform and offering some additional features."

    swapping the word "but" with the word "which" has a drastic effect on the meaning of the sentence.

    "The Ubuntu makers have generally held back information."
    should be written as
    "The makers of Ubuntu One, Canonical, have generally held back information."

    Apart from that a well-written, if not sparse, article. Do these articles not get edited? Why did an article with so many mistakes get published to the web? I am sorry for sounding so intensely critical, but this article was so full of mistakes that I felt bad to just walk away....
  • Funding system...

    Nice way to fund Ubuntu... I'm game.
  • Dropbox is also cross-platform

    Dropbox is, and has been since it's inception, cross-platform as well. I've used it to great effect for keeping important files synced between Mac, Linux, and Windows boxes. So that's one advantage Ubuntu One does not have over Dropbox...
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