Ubuntu One — good or bad?

Today I activated my UbuntuOne account again and enabled mobile service + extra 20GB storage (such set is given free for Canonical people). Now I wonder did it had sense…

On my desktop I am running KDE 4.5.3 under 11.04 ‘natty’ development release. Why is it important? Because there is no client for such combination. It looks like you need to run GNOMEbuntu or Microsoft Windows to have some kind of U1 integration. Otherwise I need to run shell command (or use GTK app) to login.

But ok, I installed all required packages and it connected. Synced Tomboy notes from desktop and Conboy ones from my Nokia N900 so now I have them in sync (without a way to select which one I want where but that’s limit of apps). Then I decided to make use from synchronization of contacts. And here the fun begins… My phone is not supported by Funambol (syncml backend used by Ubuntu One) so sorry — all I can use is one bug on LaunchPad.

So what’s left? Files — good to have 20GB of storage for something. Maybe will start using it one day. Now I spend time mostly at home so wifi/ethernet connection works and I have access to all media on my machines. Other is bookmarks — but only Firefox is supported (by extension) and I switched to Chromium few months ago.

But who knows… maybe it will have some use one day.

7 thoughts on “Ubuntu One — good or bad?

  1. ScottG

    My only reason for not using Ubuntu One right now is that they don’t encrypt your data. I hope they remedy that in the future. Until then I’m sticking with Dropbox, which doesn’t have all of the GNOME app syncing features.

  2. bigbrovar

    The lack of kde support is the one reason why I don’t use Ubuntu one. From the look of things I don’t see that changing anytime soon as we have seen support for iphones, android and even windows but no support for kde even though Ubuntu’s sister distribution is based on it. I rather stick with dropbox for my syncing for now. But one project which am hoping for is the ownCloud project which is a free software project to bring an open cloud storage server allowing people create their own private clouds. you can read more about it here http://owncloud.org/

  3. francesco mapelli

    Hi Marcin,

    currently we do not have a Funambol client for Maemo, and we never tested your configuration. I reported your issue in our bug tracker but I fear it won’t get high priority as we currently are focused on other OSs.

    If you are willing to help or are interested in adding support for your device, feel free to join our discussion list ( http://bit.ly/fun-open-discuss ) to get support and information.

    cheers Francesco Mapelli, Funambol Community Manager

    1. Marcin Juszkiewicz

      Francesco: I am using SyncEvolution as syncml client under Maemo5. I think that I can extract whole session between N900 and UbuntuOne server using Wireshark if someone would need it.

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