Update: I posted a follow up with more info and answers to common questions and concerns about Ubuntu One. Be sure to take a look after reading this post.
Seems like Canonical just released the Beta of their UbuntuOne service.
Wait… WTF ?! I never heard about it, and Google just threw around a bunch of entries when asked.
At the very moment, it seems to be just Dropbox clone, a free 2gb plan and a pay-for plan which gives you 10gb (less than Dropbox, at least for now). Also, is invitation only for now. I wonder if a service yet exists behind the website. Is this the secret project, Rodrigo ?
I don’t know anything about how the project will evolve, but I really doubt it will just sync files, as it would end up being a clone of existing services with no added value. Assuming I’m right in wondering it’s the project Rodrigo was talking about, his job position may be enlightening:
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES
Extensive experience with the GNOME development platform, desktop environment and technologies such as GTK+, Cairo and X11
My take is Canonical is planning to deeply integrate the Sync with all the most used applications (O’Reilly just confirmated my guess ) . That would generate competitive advantage for Ubuntu in the respect of other distribution, and generate a fair share of money income (while still providing a worthwhile free service).
Update: here’s a better description [source]
Ubuntu One is not just a collection of services for Ubuntu, it’s a platform that you can build your own services on. In this talk, Stuart Langridge explains some of the APIs that Ubuntu One offers to developers, what they do, and how you can make use of them. You’ll see some examples of applications you might want to build that take advantage of data storage in the cloud and automatically-synchronised database backing for your apps, and you’ll get a glimpse of how to build programs to help people work collaboratively through Ubuntu One both on the desktop and on the web.
Ubuntu One provides shared synchronised storage and databases for developers: you store your data and Ubuntu One takes care of making it available to every other person and every other machine you’ve shared it to. In addition to this set of simple APIs which you can use to get synchronised data, Ubuntu One also offers services built on top of these: work with your users’ contacts to make it easy to share information with other people, and build services on top of all these APIs which work everywhere, both from the web and from the desktop. There may also be sneak previews of what’s coming up from the Ubuntu One team…
Other link you may find interesting:
- Ubuntuone Client in Launchpad
- Uuntuone Control-Tower Launchpad team
- update: Ubunet (thx Hans)
- update: identi.ca and twitter
- update: Ubuntu UK Podcast will be giving away some invites. More details in their next podcast. (yes you have to listen to it, yes that’s cruel ).
- The server part is probably proprietary, as most of the Canonical infrastructure (including ubuntu.com).
- The client is released under GPL 3. (information coming from the COPYING file included in their .deb) (no! is not based on iFolder nor Mono, at least not the client)
Thoughts ? Further infos, anyone ? I’m all ears !
I posted a follow up with more info and answers to common questions and concerns about Ubuntu One.