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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services 161

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jones_supa (887896) writes "Wanting to focus their efforts on their most important strategic initiatives and ensuring that the company is not spread too thin, Canonical is shutting down Ubuntu One file services. With other services now regularly offering from 25 GB to 50 GB of free storage, the personal cloud storage space wasn't a sustainable place for Canonical. As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One software 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 from 1 June 2014; user content will remain available for download until 31 July, at which time it will be deleted. For a spark of solace, the company promises to open source the backend code."
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

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  • by RichMan (8097) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @10:22AM (#46638899)

    The non-permanence of cloud services like storage and sharing is going to be hard to solve. Sure some will last. But some will not. How do you choose the ones the will?

    How will the industry handle the increasing number of people that have suffered "cloud failure". These people are going to be reluctant to use future services.

  • by jellomizer (103300) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @10:23AM (#46638907)

    A common problem with companies that has a strong FOSS leaning, is that they come up with a lot of good ideas that will often not take off too well. And often will be discontinued shortly.
    Now I applaud them for trying, however it creates a catch 22 problem.
    If people do not feel comfortable that your service will last, they will not use it, your next idea will not be utilized because you have created a history of dropping products.

  • by wjcofkc (964165) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @10:37AM (#46639023)
    Pardon this post as it is heavy on opinion. If you think it's so far off the mark you want to mod me down, it would be far more productive to reply.

    Ubuntu One was a pretty big deal and one of the last good things attached to Canonical Ubuntu's name (IMHO). Hard times at Canonical perhaps? Canonical has always struck me as a company that won't be around forever, if even a few scant more years. They are always either too busy chasing unrealistic goals in the hopes of being elevated to the levels of the real major players in tech, or are busy fighting against popular trends and pushing back against the overall direction of Linux and Open Source.

    The death of Canonical is a shake up the Linux development community needs for both perspective and spurring continued innovation in Linux and Linux distributions.
  • by raymorris (2726007) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @10:44AM (#46639105)

    If you mean software or web pages you're developing, svn or other source control really is worth the 20 minutes or so it takes to set up the first time. Even if you're the only developer on the project. Github makes it easy to access your git repositories from anywhere if you don't have a server or dyndns.

    I didn't use source control for fifteen years because it seemed like it would be a hassle. When an employee set it up, I learned it reduces hassles.

  • Re:FTP? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hawguy (1600213) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @10:48AM (#46639153)

    Seriously , why do so many people thinking transfering files is some new problem still looking for a solution? I can understand it for Windows users but Linux users really should know better.

    Because FTP only supplies the transport layer - it's not going to automatically sync the 1000 files you dropped in the FTP directory and won't do the many-to-many replication that people use to share files among multiple desktops. Even rsync gets a little cumbersome for that without a central server that they all have access to, and if you're going to set up a server, you may as well set up something like OwnCloud [].

  • Re:like always (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ShieldW0lf (601553) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @11:36AM (#46639679) Journal

    Canonical is genius on wasting money , they start so many project , and neither of them actually works great . just look at unity , mir and so many other.
    e.g unity first written in (i think) gtk , then Canonical created nux (c++ framework), then ported to nux , and unity 2 to qml , and now they port whole unity to Qt again.
    something same will happen for mir . then no serious company never will look at mir seriously (like nvidia ATI )

    Go found a company in your parents garage and sell it for half a billion dollars. Then you can "waste" money too.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine