Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ubuntu One - the Cloud Aware Linux

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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