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Re: ubuntuone - cross-platform support


On Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 3:38 PM, Shane Fagan <shanepatrickfagan@xxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> On Mon, 2009-09-07 at 18:01 +0530, shirish wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >      This is going to be perhaps a controversial (or not) request. So
> > please take couple of deep breaths, have your favorite cup of coffee,
> > put the AC or whatever puts you at ease. My use-case is desktop users
> > rather than anybody else.
> >
> > Existing scenario :-
> >
> > 1. As of right now, the only competitor per-se is usage of google
> > gears rather than anything else. http://tools.google.com/gears/ and of
> > localstorage http://hacks.mozilla.org/2009/06/localstorage/ which are
> > of browser-based solutions. (but then the data remains on PC as well
> > as the cloud and I/O as in bandwidth is saved.)
Dropbox is the main competitor and is already used by many Windows, Linux,
and Mac OS X users. (It has even appeared on Planet GNOME several times.)

> >
> > 2. The other kind of solution which exists are something like
> > http://docs.google.com/ and www.zoho.com which are again manual upload
> > file-sharing and backup online solutions.
> >
> > 3. The other competitor is of course windows skydrive or whatever its
> > called (which I haven't really checked out).
> >
> > 4. The use-case is specifically with desktop users its much more
> > easier to get them acquainted with the windows version of FOSS
> > applications, get their usage of these applications happening and then
> > slowly migrate them towards GNU/Linux. If they are already aware and
> > using FOSS applications then the migration is relatively pain-free.
> > (or atleast that has been my humble experience so far.)
> >
> > 5. It would be great if ubuntuone would be open for FOSS applications
> > file backup, syncing etc. on the windows platform too . It should give
> > bigger visibility to Ubuntu in MS-Windows world which doesn't know any
> > other service provider other than MS and Google.
> >
> > I do have some more ideas but please lemme know what you think ?
> > Feedback and constructive criticism encouraged.
> You can access ubuntuone via the browser. I personally would object to
> porting ubuntuone's client to windows because its something special for
> ubuntu and using it on windows would reduce its specialness IMO. Plus I
> dont think canonical would like their bandwidth taken up by windows
> machines.
I asked about this and was told by a Canonical employee that ports to other
platforms would be welcome but not officially supported.