[PLUG] Ubuntu One
amitkarpe at gmail.com
Wed Oct 14 12:23:05 PDT 2009
2009/10/14 Rahul Sundaram <sundaram at fedoraproject.org>:
> On 10/14/2009 07:51 PM, shirish शिरीष wrote:
>> I had sent a mail sometime back and they had responded saying at that
>> some point they would make it cross-platform as well. The bit about
>> proprietary is news to me.
> Cross platform (Assuming atleast Windows, Linux and OS X) would put them
> in a competitive position to Dropbox since it would come integrated out
> of the box. However the fundamental approach of a free and open source
> client (the dropbox client has some binary bits in it as well) that is
> connected to proprietary server side bits remains the same.
> With the complete open sourcing of Launchpad, I had hoped that
> proprietary software as a point of differentiation was going away but
> apparently not.
> I am reluctant to put my personal data on a proprietary cloud and it is
> not clear to me why a pure service oriented business with the same
> concept wouldn't feasible. I don't mind being charged for safe encrypted
> backups and syncing across multiple systems via the cloud based on the
> amount of disk space/bandwidth I consume. For example, Amazon EC2 runs
> Xen VM's on RHEL on a open API and have been enormously successful doing
> so. Not sure proprietary sauce makes enough business sense to risk
> contaminating the brand value. Launchpad bugs referenced at
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_One has more details.
> On the other hand, they do have to make money *somewhere* and perhaps
> the risk/benefit equation is not what I think it is. Hard to say since
> Canonical is a private company. It should be interesting to watch this
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I think one fine day Canonical will open source this service.
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