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Ubuntu One To Be Discontinued


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:22 PM

 

Shutting down Ubuntu One file services

U1, Ubuntu One

Today we are announcing plans to shut down the Ubuntu One file services.  This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides.  However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin.

Our strategic priority for Ubuntu is making the best converged operating system for phones, tablets, desktops and more. In fact, our user experience, developer tools for apps and scopes, and commercial relationships have been constructed specifically to highlight third party content and services (as opposed to our own); this is one of our many differentiators from our competitors.  Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage.  If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make. We choose instead to invest in making the absolute best, open platform  and to highlight the best of our partners’ services and content.

As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services 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.

We will work to ensure that customers have an easy path to download all their content from Ubuntu One to migrate to other personal cloud services.  Additionally, we continue to believe in the Ubuntu One file services, the quality of the code, and the user experience, so will release the code as open source software to give others an opportunity to build on this code to create an open source file syncing platform.

Customers who have an active annual subscription will have their unused fees refunded. We will calculate the refund amount from today’s announcement, even though the service will remain available until 1 June and data available for a further two months.

We will contact customers separately with additional information about what to expect.  We will also publish further blog posts with advice on how to download content and with details on the open sourcing of the code.

The shutdown will not affect the Ubuntu One single sign on service, the Ubuntu One payment service, or the backend U1DB database service.

We’ve always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you’ve shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you’ll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

Source.

http://blog.canonical.com/2014/04/02/shutting-down-ubuntu-one-file-services/



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:19 AM

There goes the music streaming add on also. Oh well.

 

It seems that Canonical is steadily slimming down it services, back when I started with Ubuntu, they shipped free install CD's, though it took 2-3 weeks to get them. At the time, that was my best option, as my ISP service was a cell-based one, with a 5GB data limit. There were no overage charges, but when one reached 5GB during the billing cycle, the speed would throttle to where all one could do was browse the Web.

 

This will be another boost for Linux Mint, as this gives users one less reason to choose Ubuntu as their primary OS.

 

Also, it doesn't seem that these cloud services are affected, if so, no notice is provided.

 

http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud/management

 

This shows that Canonical is taking away from what Ubuntu has stood for since it's inception. Ubuntu stands for "humanity to others".

 

http://www.ubuntu.com/about/about-ubuntu

 

Is it a wonder why Linux Mint userbase enjoys almost a 2 to 1 advantage over Ubuntu?

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:31 AM

 

Is it a wonder why Linux Mint userbase enjoys almost a 2 to 1 advantage over Ubuntu?

There is a line somewhere there ..... But I am too chicken to say it lol.

 

And yet Mint is based on Unbuntu with a few addons. My Unbuntu is Kubuntu  or it would be if I downloaded Kunbuntu, But no Like all Linux people I have to do it the hard way I got Unbuntu then added Kde.


Edited by NickAu1, 04 April 2014 - 01:32 AM.


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:42 AM

A few years back, Ubuntu was sort of like Mint, in that it had a traditional Start Menu. Canonical is more & more making Ubuntu similar to Windows 8, with lost of eye candy & having to search for apps in a similar manner.

 

On the other hand, Linux Mint is the lazy user's Linux, most anyone who runs a Windows OS (prior to 8) can run it fine, as it still has the similar looking Start Menu, Making it far easier to use, especially newcomers from Windows.

 

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