Some of you may know that Ubuntu has recently launched a beta version of the storage service online called “Ubuntu One”. This service is very similar to what other service online storage dropbox as already, except that Ubuntu One (Corporate Service) is more expensive than dropbox and the fact that dropbox client already supports Linux very well that it makes little sense to use Ubuntu as a service for online storage. Unless we consider these facts:
- More than just backup: Although still at the initial stage, online storage and file synchronization is an aspect of what will be on Ubuntu, ultimately the goal of Ubuntu is to be able to integrate with applications so that you can save / store / retrieve application specific information and share with other computers (or users) if you wish. Something very similar to what already does with OSX MobileME.
- Cloud is the future: RMS May not this, but the future of the desktop OS will be a form of collaboration between the cloud and the desktop clients. There is little sense for the popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu to be on the sidelines of this change in evolution of other operating systems that will eventually be a major kiss. We need more ways to appeal to new Linux distributions, users and taking proactive measures to be consistent with the ways people use computers.
- Fund for the future development of Ubuntu: Ubuntu As grows in popularity as the cost of keeping things working well. Perhaps the most important (for me) is that Canonical is seeking ways to generate funds for the future development of Ubuntu. You can collect as much money by selling mugs, t-shirts and gifts paid or provide support services. If Ubuntu is a service paid enough members, it will generate a source of funds for future development of Ubuntu. If you ask me it’s a win-win for everyone.Ubuntu is still supported by funds from Mark Shuttleworth, an initial “emergency” funds of 10 million.
What do you think of Ubuntu One? Are you willing to pay $ 10 per month (10 GB) for Ubuntu, which will also fund the future of Ubuntu?