Ubuntu One Desktop client on Ubuntu 13.04
|Initial release||May 13, 2009|
|Operating system||Ubuntu 9.10 and later
Mac OS X 10.6 and higher
Ubuntu One Music Store
Ubuntu Software Center
|Type||Cloud service & single sign on service|
The service enables users to store files online and sync them between computers and mobile devices, as well as stream audio and music from cloud to mobile devices.
Ubuntu One has a client application that runs on Ubuntu 9.04 and later or Windows XP or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Other Linux distributions not running GNOME are supported through a console client. The source code is available through launchpad and can easily be compiled for other Unix-like operating systems such as FreeBSD. There is an Ubuntu One music app for iOS devices. A free Ubuntu One account offers 5 GB of storage.
The Ubuntu One service is similar to services such as iCloud, Dropbox, Google Play Music, Amazon Cloud Player. Its client code is written in Python. It uses Twisted for its low-level networking and Protocol Buffers for protocol description. Data is synced over a custom protocol called "u1storage", and stored on Amazon S3.
Ubuntu One offers automatic upload of photos taken from Android mobile devices for immediate sync across computers; integration with Mozilla Thunderbird for contacts and with Tomboy for notes due to the access to the local CouchDB instance. It also has capabilities for purchasing DRM-free music while synchronizing them automatically with an Ubuntu One Account via the Ubuntu One Music Store (in partnership with 7digital).
Ubuntu One publishes APIs for developers wishing to build applications with file and data synchronization or music streaming.
An Ubuntu One account gives users access to the Canonical Store, Launchpad, Ubuntu One and other Ubuntu services; an Ubuntu One account allows users to store files within the cloud, store their contacts details within the interface, access the Ubuntu One Music Store to buy music from and activate the Ubuntu Software Center. Other sites that support OpenID authorization also have support for Ubuntu One.
On June 2013, the Ubuntu Single Sign On account was re-branded under Ubuntu One as part of consolidating Canonical's online services under the Ubuntu One brand. Also, the announcement identified Ubuntu Pay as another service to come under the brand. Following a hack in 2013, Canonical put the Ubuntu Forums under the brand, meaning that Forum users now log in using Ubuntu One rather than with the previous username-password system.
The Ubuntu One App has a 4.5 star (out of 5) rating on the iTunes App Store, and 4.5 star (out of 5) rating on the Play Store. It had a 4.5 star (out of 5) rating on the Chrome Web Store, until it was taken off the site.[when?]
There is not yet a native client integration for the Kubuntu variant of the Ubuntu operating system, as of January 2013. Kubuntu integration is under development and has also received a grant from the Google Summer of Code 2010.
Further criticism concerns the unclear revenue share that will be granted to the community. The Amarok development team has announced that they will not add support for the Ubuntu One Music Store to the Amarok media player for the moment, unlike the Magnatune media store, which returns 10% of the revenue produced via the interface to Amarok.
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