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Re: ubuntu one


On 02/04/16 17:25, Rodney Dawes wrote:
Not everyone wants to maintain their own server.
but some people do! The phone project seems to be very very focussed on not taking any advantage of the fact that users might run Ubuntu desktops and servers and maybe a bunch of phones.
  The part of ownCloud
which is problematic as a general solution is the "own" part. Google,
Dropbox, iCloud, etc… do not provide compatibility with owncloud, so
while it theoretically allows some of us to have some level of sync, it
doesn't solve all the problems, and doesn't enable things for all.
but it does enable things for people who buy into the concept of Free software and want their infrastructure to be Free software that works together. This is a perfectly good target niche.

Note of course, that Google contacts/calendar sync is already on the
phone, and has been for a very long time now, so if Google is an
acceptable place for storing those things, it can be used (with some
small caveats, as it seems only default contacts/calendar are synced,
so alternate/subscribed calendars on Google don't get seem to be
working on the assumption that people are using Google to run all their stuff means that the phone is competing head to head with Android on Google's playing field. It isn't necessarily wrong to support those users, and yes, they might be a numerically large target, however there is a wide open opportunity to change the rules of the game and go a different way.

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