Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

Summary: Who needs Live Mesh, YouSendIt, or Dropbox when desktop Ubuntu Linux comes with its own built-in free cloud file and music-streaming client and service?

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Things can get really confusing when you start working with cloud-computing but we can all agree that having cloud file-storage is a good thing. It's just so much easier to keep files in a universal storage box in the sky than worrying about whether you put the right USB drive in your laptop bag when you left for work. At this time though only one mainstream desktop operating system comes with the cloud built-in: Ubuntu.

Instead of having to use an extra service, like Windows with Live Mesh; wait for Apple to get iCloud deployed; or use a third-party services, such as YouSendIt or Dropbox, Ubuntu's been coming with Ubuntu One, it's built-in cloud file client and service, since Ubuntu 9.10 was released in October 2009.

Ubuntu One, which recently passed the one-million user mark, has had some recent improvements. These have made it much more useful. For those who prefer more storage, which is pretty much everyone, Ubuntu One Basic, the free service, has changed its name to Ubuntu One Free and it now comes with 5GBs of free storage Instead of 2GBs.

If you opt for the paid Ubuntu One Music Streaming service in addition to music streaming, you'll get an additional 20GBs of storage. For $3.99 a month that's not bad. Need more room? It's $2.99 a month for each fresh allotment of 20GBs

On top of that there's also now Ubuntu One file and music streaming clients for Android There's also an Ubuntu One iPod/iPhone/iPad music streaming client. It's my understanding that an iOS file client is also in the works.

If you use Windows as well as Linux, there's also a Windows Ubuntu One client. This is still in beta, but I'm told that it will be getting new features and pushed out to the door for general release soon.

Last, but far from least, Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, has finally opened up the Ubuntu One App Developer Program. The application programming interfaces (APIs) are also publically available now. Canonical is hoping that will, besides just improving the clients in general, will help lead to the creation of an Ubuntu One client for Macs.

All-in-all, Ubuntu One's a good deal. I use it myself. I'm looking forward to the arrival of the cleaned-up Windows client and the Mac client, so I can recommend Ubuntu One to all my computer using friends-and not just the ones that are sold on Ubuntu Linux.

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  • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

    Kudos to Ubuntu.

    Hooah
    daikon
  • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

    I totally forgot about Ubuntu One. I'm gonna sign up now =D
    Imrhien
  • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

    Does Ubuntu One run on Windows? No? Then I guess I'm sticking with Live Mesh.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

      There is a Ubuntu One for Windows, yes it is beta.
      https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Windows
      daikon
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @daikon
        Please do not destroy the fragile world where Cylon Centurion lives!
        kirovs
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @daikon <br><br>That's what I mean - "beta" - so, no.

        Besides Ubuntu one has nothing on Live Mesh. Where's the remote desktop feature? ;)
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @Cylon Centurion
        You have never used Linux so it is forgiven you do not know there are many remote desktop options and configuring in Ubuntu means just checking few boxes.
        I just wonder why are you here?
        kirovs
    • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

      @Cylon Centurion

      yes ubuntu can run inside windows as a software.... you can do this by installing ubuntu through Wubi client
      priyamvaidya
  • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

    <i>Its just so much easier to keep files in a universal storage box in the sky than worrying about whether you put the right USB drive in your laptop bag when you left for work.</i><br><br>It's a solution looking for a problem.<br><br>Why not access your work files at home over a VPN? How's leaving files "in the cloud" easier? Do you like limited space and slow access <i>both from work and home</i>?
    Earthling2
    • Is the glass half empty?

      @Earthling2

      Honestly, give it up. Supposing you don't have access to your home computer? Supposing you don't have a VPN?

      You know, there is really a viable product being described here that even Microsoft endorses and provides equivalents for that you don't seem to accept.

      The Cloud. It's here and for good.
      Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
      • If you don't have access to your home computer...

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate

        What's the likelihood you have access to the 'Cloud'?

        It's exactly the same kind of connection.
        TheWerewolf
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @TheWerewolf
        Not having access to your home computer could mean just not being at home or that your machine is off (energy costs or power outages).
        If you don't have a VPN, that keeps you away from your files just as much.
        What Ubuntu one and the other cloud file storage providers do is eliminate this problem by hosting where you can get your files. It's just that simple. The files are there, you go to the site, you get your files.
        If you're going somewhere without internet, that's the only problem.
        tmsbrdrs
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @TheWerewolf I was thinking the exact same thing. He so blinded - it's down right funny.
        ItsTheBottomLine
    • @Earthling2 .. Yeah right

      [i]"...Why not access your work files at home over a VPN?"[/i]

      .. and you expect the average Jane & Joe, that can't tell the difference between a floppy disk and an adult entertainment device to be able to configure and setup a VPN at home? .. not even considering the cost of implementing said service through their respective ISP's.

      This is a great opportunity for the public to get a free OS (in Ubuntu), free live storage capacity of 5GB's, and a great chance to learn a comparatively new Linux flavor - with no strings attached.

      If you don't like the idea of the cloud .. that's your prerogative. You even had a minuscule, fraction of a point .. but lost it in the midst of your rant, why? because this is a completely free OS and ancillary cloud service - so you haven't a leg to stand on, buster.

      3/10 for the FUD mongering,
      8.5/10 for melodramatic effect
      thx-1138_
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @thx-1138_@... <br>well, the average Jane and Joe dont use Linux either. They are afraid of it, think it requires you to be techie and dont understand it. And it doesnt cost anything to set up a home VPN. If i really want cloud storage, i use A-Drive. 50 GB of free storage with no client, web browser it all it needs.
        tiderulz
      • @tiderulz .. since when the

        .. **** did you care what average Jane & Joe do? You're obviously only concerned with flaming .. and since you're obviously a MS Sales Rep' shouldn't you be focusing on the latest <i>Toyota Camry</i>? You know? the one you've been coveting for so long??<br><br>Oh, and news flash scooter, i'm fairly certain the article is <i>actually</i> aimed at Ubuntu users / enthusiasts .. not trolls paid by a multi-national: sent to spread baseless crap, tired rhetoric and the same old FUD on anything OSS.<br><br><i>" ... And it doesnt cost anything to set up a home VPN."</i><br><br><i>It does if you want the best.</i> But then again, if you self righteous chumps are gonna suggest this stuff, at least have the common courtesy to recommend or provide a link or two for average Jane & Joe. But you know, either way, it doesn't change the relative complexity for average Jane or Joe .. and since you have reading comprehension problems, your friend suggested, and i quote: <i>" ... Why not access your work files at home over a VPN? "</i>. Indeed .. so, why not enlighten the readership instead of offering empty lip service. (Hint: You might start by explaining the benefits of IPSec versus PPTP, or maybe <i>how to manage VPN sessions (if a user chooses PPTP)</i> or how to manage certificates - by Client (if a user chooses IPSec for VPN tunneling)).<br><br>At any rate, i think your lunch break is over .. i'm pretty sure they're not paying you by the blog ... if they did, based on your crap reporting skills, the nearest you'd get to the latest *any* car, is sleeping in a cardboard box under a freeway billboard of [...place make & model of car here...].
        thx-1138_
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @thx-1138_@... Install Opera. Activate "Opera Unite" and tell it what files you want to share. Voila! Home cloud. :-)
        jgm2
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @thx-1138_@... Something like Tonido isn't that hard to set up. However, when a home computer is shared with others as it often is, uptime would be more questionable.
        sullivanjc
      • RE: Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

        @thx-1138_@...
        wow, dont know where that rant came from. As being an obvious MS sales rep, i own a MBP, dual-boot my home machine with Win 7 and Linux Mint. i dont stick to one OS, i like to dabble in them all. And since i do, i get a lot of calls from family (as anyone who knows IT does with their family) and many family havent heard of linux and many more have no idea how easy it might be for them. I put my 90+ yr old grandparents from Vista to Linux Mint almost 2 years ago and except for an issue with 1 printer driver, they have been happy as can be. But they wouldnt have done it, as an average Jane & Joe, if i hadnt suggested it to them.

        And i set up my home VPN with my router, not with my OS. didnt cost me a cent.

        and my, you have quite the rant going on. My lunch break is over, but as i have a six-figure job that allows me to do what i want during my work hours. I could act as young as you seem, and say that my job doesnt force me to ask people if they would like to super size their fries with their order like your job must do, but then, i think that people reading our 2 posts can see who is slightly insane and who isn't.

        Good luck with that. Purge your hate, you will live longer.
        tiderulz
    • Or worse...

      @Earthling2

      Putting your files on the Cloud and then finding out you don't have 3G access or the company you're at doesn't let you have access to Dropbox - like the company I work for.

      I'll stick to memory sticks or pocket drives. I can store 1TB and I never have to worry about getting access to it.
      TheWerewolf