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by Frank Karlitschek

posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

posted in Community

You've probably already noticed that Canonical announced today their plan to shut down their Ubuntu One service. Canonical CEO Jane Silber wrote that "the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage."

We get it, and we know there is no free ride. With storage so inexpensive now, Ubuntu One users should consider ownCloud as their alternative. Ubuntu One users can easily install ownCloud themselves on their own hardware or use one of our providers. In other words, your data reside where you want it. And, ownCloud is fully open source.

Ubuntu One was a great service. It was about more than syncing documents - Ubuntu One could synchronize installed software between computers, sync contacts and stream music. It is unfortunate for Ubuntu users to lose this.

ownCloud offers most of the functionality Ubuntu One offered and more importantly, it can be easily extended by apps. We would welcome apps which fill in the gaps for Ubuntu users! And of course, ownCloud already offers functionality that would be new for Ubuntu One users, like bookmark syncing, collaborative editing and much more.
We have set up a page to help users of Ubuntu One users migrate to ownCloud and track the state of our relevant features. See it here: https://github.com/owncloud/core/wiki/Ubuntu-One-Migration

You can learn about app development for ownCloud here: http://doc.owncloud.org/server/6.0/developer_manual/app/index.html

3 Comments on this post:

  1. Jorge Castro

    Ubuntu in 14.04 will include Juju, which will allow users to deploy OwnCloud very easily. https://jujucharms.com/precise/owncloud/

    It’s currently in the process of being updated for OwnCloud 6.

  2. Thanks about this.
    I’m really considering on make the switch

  3. Philipp

    I’m currently migrating from u1 to owncloud, but have no idea on how to export my contacts from the u1 web interface. before they got rid of couchdb there was a python script to export the entire address book.

    I wrote their support team about this but they only suggested to migrate hundreds of contacts manually ;-/

    Anyone with a better idea?

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