Canonical closes down Ubuntu One cloud file services

Canonical closes down Ubuntu One cloud file services

Summary: Recognizing that it can't keep up with the Dropboxes of the cloud storage world, Canonical elects to shut down its Ubuntu One file service.

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Well, here's something you don't see every day: A company admitting that it can't keep up with the competition and closing down a service.

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It was fun while it lasted but Canonical can't see continuing its Ubuntu One cloud file service with so many other low-cost, big-storage options in the market today.

Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, has realized that it can't keep up with Dropbox, Google Drive, and other inexpensive cloud file storage options so it's shutting down its Ubuntu One cloud file service.

Canonical introduced Ubuntu One in 2009 with the release of Ubuntu 9.10. The service offered 5GBs of storage. If you opted for the paid Ubuntu One Music service for $3.99 a month, you also got music streaming and additional 20GBs of storage.

If you follow personal cloud storage at all, you can already see the problem Canonical was running into: They weren't offering enough storage at a low enough price.

As Jane Silber, Canonical's CEO wrote in the company blog, "The free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage. If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make. We choose instead to invest in making the absolute best, open platform and to highlight the best of our partners’ services and content."

So, as of April 2, 2014, "It will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and the Ubuntu One apps in older versions of Ubuntu (and in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores) will be updated appropriately. The current services will be unavailable after 1 June 2014; user content will remain available for download until 31 July, at which time it will be deleted."

Silber promises that "We will work to ensure that customers have an easy path to download all their content from Ubuntu One to migrate to other personal cloud services."

At least one open-source based cloud provider, ownCloud, is already working on a migration path for Ubuntu One users. I'm sure there will be others.

For programmers, Canonical will release the Ubuntu One code as open-source software so they can create their open-source file syncing platforms.

The irony of this move is that the enterprise side of Canonical is doing exceptionally well on the cloud. Ubuntu is the top operating system on OpenStack and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Still, on the personal/small business Infrastructure-as a-Service (IaaS)  cloud side, Canonical felt like it couldn't compete. As the price for corporate cloud storage continues to dive with the Google vs. Amazon price war and, as more and more personal cloud file storage options appear, I'm sure Canonical won't be the last company to drop its personal cloud storage program.

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  • Re: Canonical closes down Ubuntu One cloud file services....

    Rather surprising this one and what could turn out to be a bad move as it which could reflect on the Ubuntu name as a whole.

    Canonical have given up on Ubuntu One rather than concentrate on making it an improved package and by doing that they have shown they do not have the balls to face the competition.
    5735guy
  • Should close down entirely

    They should also recognize they can't compete with Windows, Android and iOS.
    adacosta38
    • In your dreams

      "They should also recognize they can't compete with Windows, Android and iOS."

      Yeah, how's that windows convergence roadmap going? You know, the "One Windows" thing....
      BoxOfParts
    • Windows, itself, is having great difficulty competing with Android and iOS

      Why else would Nokia embrace Android?

      You're right about one thing though, Canonical, Ltd's, holdings are but a fraction of Microsoft's recent aQuantive write-off of $6.2 billion U.S. Microsoft has LOTS of money to burn chasing after Google, Apple and others that have one-upped them.

      Making money off of the GNU/Linux desktop, especially the consumer desktop, is not and has never been easy. One just has to look at Corel Linux, Xandros and Linspire, all of whom failed. Ubuntu One was one of a number of initiatives taken by Canonical, Ltd., to monetize the GNU/Linux desktop. Nothing ventured, nothing gained ...

      And even if Canonical, Ltd., does at some point throw in the towel, The Debian Project will continue to move forward. As will Slackware, Red Hat and SUSE. And Google, most recently, with Chrome/Chromium OS.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Good move by Canonical as they are not a major cloud business

    Canonical has a lot on their plate with the launch of phone and tablet OSes and finishing up work on true convergence across all device platforms.
    BoxOfParts
    • They also give back to the community

      "For programmers, Canonical will release the Ubuntu One code as open-source software so they can create their open-source file syncing platforms."
      BoxOfParts
  • Canonical closes down Ubuntu One cloud file services

    A linux service closes because they can't keep up using 15 year old technology and gives away the service for free. This closure was to be expected. This is just the first step to Canonical's downfall. Next one is ubuntu linux developers disband and the project gets cancelled. Third step is Shuttleworth quits his job again. Things are not looking good in the world of linux.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • If I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong

      It's Ubuntu One cloud file services not a Linux service.
      Fixed that for you.
      daikon
      • Comic fun

        Love has failed to convert anyone to his side.
        RickLively
        • Love, is fascinate with Mark Shuttleworth

          Always writing comments with Mark Shuttleworth in it.
          Must be the money he has.
          daikon
          • A linux user has money?

            I'll believe that when I see it. Everyone knows linux users work for free.
            Loverock.Davidson
          • With Mark Shuttleworth being a Linux user,

            Yea Linux users have money. Thanks Love for confirming that.
            Your coming around now.
            daikon
      • Not a linux service?

        I wonder what the cloud OS is running on then... I'll give you a minute to go look it up. Looks like I still remain to be right.
        Loverock.Davidson
        • Nothing says Linux service

          http://blog.canonical.com/2014/04/02/shutting-down-ubuntu-one-file-services/

          Keep trying...
          daikon
          • Love hates to being wrong

            Love likes to make up things, so funny.

            :)
            RickLively
        • Search Linux service

          Linux / Unix Command: services
          DESCRIPTION
          services is a plain ASCII file providing a mapping between friendly textual names for internet services, and their underlying assigned port numbers and protocol types. Every networking program should look into this file to get the port number (and protocol) for its service. The C library routines getservent(3), getservbyname(3), getservbyport(3), setservent(3), andendservent(3) support querying this file from programs.

          http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl5_services.htm
          daikon
    • Debian rules

      If Ubuntu goes, it won't hurt Linux much
      Seth223
    • Clueless

      Loverock.Davidson, you have ZERO understanding what Ubuntu really is. After all these years writing pathetic bs in the forums you seem haven't learned anything. Ubuntu is one driving force behind OpenStack (http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud/tools/openstack). OpenStack is one of the most popular cloud packages. Is your IQ sufficient to grasp that? If you want to do this world a favor please stop posting, you will make thousands of people happy.
      hengels
  • :(

    That's too bad. I'm sure it was pretty useful to Linux users.
    CobraA1
  • No irony...

    Exactly because Canonical is doing so well with OpenStack may be the reason to drop Ubuntu One. Canonical doesn't want to to compete with OpenStack users. It is just that simple.
    hengels