Dropbox and SugarSync snatch up all the headlines, but they aren’t the only cloud storage solution in town; for the past few years, Linux lovers looking to access their files on the run could turn to Ubuntu One, a service offered by Canonical, the private company that provides commercial backbone for Ubuntu Linux. There was one small problem, though; Ubuntu One only worked on Linux computers, which kind of sucks when you remember that, you know, most computers run Microsoft operating systems. All that changed last night with the launch of an Ubuntu One Windows client.
Developing a Windows client was a matter of practicality and listening to users, the
Ubuntu One team wrote on its blog
We have long received feedback from Ubuntu users regarding their evolving needs to manage all their content from a single, secure place across multiple platforms and devices. We’ve looked at many use cases, the most common being the Ubuntu user who is using more than one device or OS. Many people have to work in Windows or Mac environments, even if they prefer to use Ubuntu as their home desktop or OS of choice. Another case is enabling more opportunities for sharing across platforms. For example families using different operating systems in one household can use Ubuntu One as their central place to store all their music, documents, photos and share them easily with each other and friends.
Ubuntu One actually has a lot of good things going for it: the free version supplies 5GB of gratis cloud storage, just like SugarSync (and 3GB more than Dropbox). You can also access your files on your Android device via a free app. Ponying up $3/month gives you 20GB of storage, while the optional music streaming add-on gives you 20GB of storage, iOS usage, and the ability to stream your saved music to mobile devices for $4/month.