With the newest release of Ubuntu, they made Ubuntu One standard. Ubuntu One, Canonical’s entrance into the cloud computing market, is their online storage that allows you to sync settings, Tomboy Notes, files, and more across multiple computers. Ubuntu One pretty much stacks up similar to all the others, such as Dropbox. Your first 2GB is free, then you can pay for more space. If you want 50GB, you pay $10.00 a month. While appealing, with the amount of space on other services, such as Gmail, I cannot see many folks opting for the paid version.
I did set up my computers, though, for Ubuntu One. What I personally like is the syncing of system preferences. Right now, I only sync my Tomboy Notes across my computers, but this in itself helps tremendously. When studying for my A+ Certification, I often needed my laptop to review some notes. If upstairs on the desktop, I physically needed to walk downstairs to take a look. Now, with note syncing, I can easily assess all current notes. As they progress with other system preferences, I really like the possibilities. Imagine syncing all settings so when you go from computer to computer, things stay consistent. I definitely see promise in this, even with our UNR project with the Asus eeePCs in some of our elementary schools. Would be very nice to keep preferences consistent. Maybe even wireless settings, without needing to prepare a new image.
The great thing–Ubuntu one is also available on Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Great, so I can sync notes from the Dell 2100. I take it to meetings, and use Google Docs, but need an active internet connection. So for times I am without internet, like that workshop at Micro$oft, I am out of luck. By using Tomboy Notes, I can take notes offline, and sync when back with a connection. Great! At this time, they do not support a Windows version, for obvious reasons, but I can access files through their web interface. Pretty simple, with my Launchpad login.
Definitely great to see Ubuntu jump into the cloud scene. I think they need some tweaking, and some more refinement, but for their initial plunge, I find Ubuntu One quite useful. Not a Dropbox replacement yet, but over time, who knows!