Using Ubuntu One

Using Ubuntu One

  • Ubuntu One - Intro
  • Comparison with other services
  • setting up the account and client
  • storing files
  • syncing notes and contacts
  • getting files in another machine

   1 [01:00] <cjohnston> Up next is shrini
   2 [01:01] <cjohnston> Shrinivasan, is a open source lover, who lives in Chennai, India. He talks about open source philosophies in local colleges and schools.
   3 [01:01] <cjohnston> Currently he is giving technical support to subversion and TeamForge at CollabNet. He runs a weekly newsletter "FossNews" and a blog for Foss Jobs.
   4 [01:01] <shrini> hello friends
   5 [01:01] <shrini> thanks for giving this wonderful opportunity to hang out with you all
   6 [01:02] <shrini> "Ubuntu One"
   7 [01:02] <shrini> is a very interesting project
   8 [01:02] <shrini> that comes with the latest ubuntu release 9.10
   9 [01:03] <shrini> I wondered on the first sight.
  10 [01:03] <shrini> Ubuntu One is a personal cloud
  11 [01:04] <shrini> you have 2 GB of space
  12 [01:04] <shrini> to store files, notes, contacts
  13 [01:04] <shrini> Storing, syncing and sharing files, contacts, notes, and bookmarks
  14 [01:04] <shrini> is the service given by Ubuntu One
  15 [01:05] <shrini> Let us discuss here about installation
  16 [01:05] <shrini> web and GUI clients
  17 [01:05] <shrini> syncing files,notes,contacts
  18 [01:06] <shrini> future plans and getting support
  19 [01:06] <shrini> Intro - As I told already
  20 [01:06] <shrini> Ubuntu One is a storage service
  21 [01:07] <shrini> you can think here as this is equivalent to "DropBox"
  22 [01:07] <shrini> we can store 2 GB of data for free
  23 [01:07] <shrini> If we need more space, we can buy
  24 [01:08] <shrini> canonical provides commercial space
  25 [01:08] <pleia2> shrini: want us to paste questions as they come, or wait until you pause to ask for them?
  26 [01:08] <shrini> pleia2: good. paste as soon as get
  27 [01:08] <pleia2> < scunizi> QUESTION is kubuntu setup to use the same service in the same way as ubuntu?
  28 [01:09] <shrini> yes. you can use the same client in kubuntu too. but requires to install gnome libraries.
  29 [01:09] <pleia2> < Out_Cold> Question We were discussing the differences between dropbox and one. how does one stack up on various OSs?
  30 [01:09] <shrini> good. currently Ubuntu One supports only ubuntu
  31 [01:10] <shrini> the support to various distros are future plans
  32 [01:10] <shrini> you can buy a 50 GB space for the cost of 10$/month
  33 [01:10] <shrini> ubuntu one supports partial downloads
  34 [01:11] <shrini> it resumes the downloads automatically
  35 [01:11] <pleia2> < scunizi> QUESTION if I can install the same client in kubuntu, will it also auto sync contacts in Kontact like it does in Evolution?
  36 [01:11] <shrini> if a file is changed, it is re-synced with entire file.
  37 [01:11] <shrini> no support for kontact now
  38 [01:12] <shrini> but, ubuntu one api is simple and anyone can develop kontact sync
  39 [01:12] <pleia2> < IdleOne> QUESTION: are there any limitations on file types that can be stored on Ubuntu One?
  40 [01:13] <shrini> all the files are stored in amazon S3 servers in USA
  41 [01:13] <shrini> no limits on file types
  42 [01:13] <shrini> you can store any file
  43 [01:13] <pleia2> < scunizi> QUESTION are files encrypted?
  44 [01:13] <shrini> No. files are not encrypted.
  45 [01:14] <shrini> encryption may give issues on sharing
  46 [01:14] <shrini> Let me goto Installation
  47 [01:14] <shrini> If you have ubuntu 9.10, Wow. you have already in your wallet
  48 [01:14] <shrini> It can be installed in ubuntu 9.04 too
  49 [01:15] <shrini> but not in other lower ubuntu versions
  50 [01:15] <shrini> https://one.ubuntu.com/support/installation/
  51 [01:15] <shrini> see this like for installing in ubuntu 9.04
  52 [01:16] <shrini> Once Installed, you can access via
  53 [01:16] <shrini> Applications->Internet->Ubuntu One
  54 [01:17] <shrini> To use this, we need a Launchpad account
  55 [01:18] <shrini> you can go to http://one.ubuntu.com
  56 [01:18] <shrini> and login using launchpad account
  57 [01:19] <shrini> then you can choose a subscription
  58 [01:19] <shrini> free 2 GB or paid 50 GB
  59 [01:19] <pleia2> < IdleOne> QUESTION: What do I do if I get OpenID login failed?
  60 [01:19] <shrini> sometime, this may happen
  61 [01:20] <shrini> we need to check why login failed.
  62 [01:20] <shrini> It failed for me too saying like "invalid timezone error"
  63 [01:20] <shrini> I changed my timezone settings in launchpad and it worked :-)
  64 [01:20] <shrini> #ubuntu helped me on this
  65 [01:21] <shrini> after subscribing, you can access the "Ubuntu One" gnome client
  66 [01:21] <shrini> This will take you to a page,
  67 [01:21] <shrini> where you have to add your computer to "Ubuntu One" cloud
  68 [01:22] <shrini> this is essential for the server to recognize your personal computer
  69 [01:22] <shrini> once added, you are done.
  70 [01:22] <shrini> now, you are ready to get thrilled
  71 [01:23] <shrini> your home folder has a special folder called "Ubunt One"
  72 [01:24] <shrini> this is where the magics happens
  73 [01:24] <shrini> After running the ubuntu one client, you can see a icon in top panel
  74 [01:25] <shrini> click the panel and click "connect" to connect with the server
  75 [01:25] <shrini> you can right click it. select "properties"
  76 [01:25] <shrini> to select the visibility options for the icon and to change the bandwidth settings
  77 [01:26] <shrini> Once connected, you are ready
  78 [01:26] <shrini> Now access the "Ubuntu One" folder via Places->Ubuntu One
  79 [01:26] <shrini> It looks like any other normal folder.
  80 [01:27] <shrini> but has hidden magician
  81 [01:27] <shrini> create a folder inside
  82 [01:28] <shrini> and paste a file from any other folder
  83 [01:28] <shrini> wow
  84 [01:28] <shrini> see the notification area.
  85 [01:29] <shrini> It is saying "Updating files"
  86 [01:29] <shrini> after a little time, it says that
  87 [01:29] <shrini> "updating Finished"
  88 [01:29] <shrini> Thats all. this is called syncing
  89 [01:30] <shrini> Any files or folders placed inside "~/Ubuntu One" will be synced to the server
  90 [01:30] <shrini> you can create, modify, move,delete the files
  91 [01:30] <shrini> as you do in any other folders
  92 [01:31] <shrini> but, all your actions will be reflected in the server too
  93 [01:31] <shrini> normally the sync happens once in 10 min
  94 [01:31] <shrini> there is another interesting thing is here.
  95 [01:32] <shrini> you can share your folders to other ubuntuone users
  96 [01:32] <shrini> right click any folder inside "~/Ubuntu One"
  97 [01:32] <shrini> choose "Share on Ubuntu One"
  98 [01:33] <shrini> you can give a users email address
  99 [01:33] <shrini> for example, if you want to share any folder with me, give my email address there
 100 [01:34] <shrini> you can even give me rights to modify your files
 101 [01:34] <shrini> by selecting "Allow Modifications" checkbox
 102 [01:34] <shrini> then click "share"
 103 [01:34] <shrini> this will send me a email
 104 [01:35] <shrini> saying that [name] wants to share a folder with you
 105 [01:35] <shrini> I have to accept a this by clicking a link provided in the email
 106 [01:36] <shrini> My "~/Ubuntu One" folder has a sub folder called "Shared With Me"
 107 [01:36] <shrini> this is the folder, where I get all the folders which are shared with me by other ubuntu one users
 108 [01:37] <pleia2> < Endomancer> Question with contacts I can see how to add people one at a time, but how do I sync it with empathy to add all my contacts?
 109 [01:38] <shrini> you can sync evlution contcacts
 110 [01:38] <shrini> not with empathy contacts
 111 [01:39] <shrini> want to share photos? albums? letters? documents?
 112 [01:39] <shrini> with your family and friends?
 113 [01:39] <shrini> Just place in ~/Ubuntu One
 114 [01:39] <shrini> and share by giving their email id
 115 [01:40] <shrini> you reach many people in a easy path
 116 [01:40] <pleia2> < IdleOne> QUESTION: My sister uses Windows. Can I share files with her via Ubuntu One?
 117 [01:41] <shrini> Not possible now.
 118 [01:41] <shrini> you can login to one.ubuntu.com via browser and see all the files
 119 [01:41] <shrini> browser is another way of managing the ubuntu one folder
 120 [01:42] <shrini> https://one.ubuntu.com/files/
 121 [01:42] <shrini> here, a web based file browser helps us.
 122 [01:42] <shrini> we can create folder, delete folder
 123 [01:43] <shrini> click a folder and "sharing" to share with others
 124 [01:43] <shrini> same as we did with gnome client
 125 [01:43] <shrini> you can upload files too
 126 [01:43] <shrini> currently one file at one time is possible
 127 [01:43] <shrini> bulk upload options are yet to be developed
 128 [01:45] <shrini> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Tutorials/FileSharing
 129 [01:45] <shrini> this link explains about file sharing in details
 130 [01:45] <pleia2> 15 minutes left
 131 [01:45] <shrini> next, let is see on syncing tomboy notes
 132 [01:46] <shrini> tomboy is a perfect note taking application
 133 [01:46] <shrini> we can use it to take all kind of notes, todo list, reminders
 134 [01:47] <shrini> in Tomboy preferences
 135 [01:47] <shrini> select Synchronization  tab
 136 [01:47] <shrini> select ubuntu one
 137 [01:48] <shrini> by service as "Tomboy Web"
 138 [01:48] <shrini> thats all
 139 [01:48] <shrini> all your notes will be synced
 140 [01:48] <shrini> you can get them in browser via "notes" tab
 141 [01:49] <shrini> you can create, edit, delete in browser too
 142 [01:49] <shrini> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Tutorials/Notes
 143 [01:49] <shrini> read for further info
 144 [01:49] <shrini> you can sync, evolution contacts
 145 [01:50] <pleia2> < starcraftman> Question: I asked earlier, I get a lot of .u1onflict markers on my folders. I'm constantly updating between my labtop/workstation and sometimes don't sync up before modifying, is there any good way to resolve these? Some of my folders seem to have stopped syncing becuse of it.
 146 [01:50] <shrini> well. sometimes, conflict too happen
 147 [01:51] <shrini> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntuone-client/+question/77902
 148 [01:51] <shrini> this page says that
 149 [01:51] <shrini> you have to choose which version of file to keep
 150 [01:51] <shrini> and remove all the file except the required one
 151 [01:51] <shrini> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Tutorials/Contacts
 152 [01:51] <pleia2> < mhall119> Question: Can you share notes like you can share files?
 153 [01:52] <shrini> see this link for syncing evolution contacts
 154 [01:52] <shrini> currently, we can share files ony
 155 [01:52] <shrini> there are many future plans
 156 [01:52] <shrini> like
 157 [01:52] <shrini> syncing files outsude ubuntu one folder
 158 [01:53] <shrini> indication remaining time/bytes on sync
 159 [01:53] <shrini> clients for other distros
 160 [01:53] <shrini> screen sharing
 161 [01:53] <shrini> high capacity storage
 162 [01:53] <shrini> mobile clients, console clients
 163 [01:53] <shrini> encrypted file storage
 164 [01:54] <shrini> sharing notes,contacts
 165 [01:54] <shrini> public accessible shared folders via a single URL
 166 [01:55] <shrini> login is secured via ssl and oauth
 167 [01:55] <shrini> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Security
 168 [01:55] <shrini> ubuntu one community gives awesome support
 169 [01:55] <shrini> Forum - http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=367
 170 [01:55] <shrini> FAQ - https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntuone/+faqs
 171 [01:55] <shrini> LP answers - https://answers.launchpad.net/~ubuntuone-users
 172 [01:55] <shrini> LP project page - https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuone-users
 173 [01:55] <shrini> acount asst - https://one.ubuntu.com/support/account-assistance/
 174 [01:56] <shrini> you are welcome to report  bugs here. Bugs - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntuone-client
 175 [01:56] <shrini> "Sharing is Caring"
 176 [01:56] <shrini> share you with the world
 177 [01:57] <shrini> Forget to say, #ubuntuone is the excellent place to hang out
 178 [01:57] <shrini> you can sync your own applications too with ubuntu one api
 179 [01:58] <shrini> contact the helpful developers in maling list/irc
 180 [01:59] <shrini> Thanks all
 181 [01:59] <shrini> Hope I have done
 182 [01:59] <pleia2> thanks shrini!
 183 [01:59] <shrini> thanks again for this wonderful opportunity
 184 [01:59] <shrini> so happy to be with you all

"Ubuntu One" is a very interesting project, that comes with the latest ubuntu release 9.10.

I wondered on the first sight.

Ubuntu One is a personal cloud. You have 2 GB of space to store files, notes, contacts. 

Storing, syncing and sharing files, contacts, notes, and bookmarks is the service given by Ubuntu One.

Let us discuss here about installation, web and GUI clients, syncing files,notes,contacts, future plans and getting support.

Intro - As I told already, Ubuntu One is a storage service. You can think here as this is equivalent to "DropBox".
We can store 2 GB of data for free. If we need more space, we can buy. Canonical provides commercial space.
You can buy a 50 GB space for the cost of 10$/month.

Ubuntu one supports partial downloads. It resumes the downloads automatically.
if a file is changed, it is re-synced with entire file.

All the files are stored in amazon S3 servers in USA

Let me goto Installation.
If you have ubuntu 9.10, Wow. you have already in your wallet. 
It can be installed in ubuntu 9.04 too. but not in other lower ubuntu versions.

https://one.ubuntu.com/support/installation/
see this like for installing in ubuntu 9.04

Once Installed, you can access via Applications->Internet->Ubuntu One. 
To use this, we need a Launchpad account. 
you can go to http://one.ubuntu.com and login using launchpad account. 
Then you can choose a subscription free 2 GB or paid 50 GB.

After subscribing, you can access the "Ubuntu One" gnome client. 
This will take you to a page, where you have to add your computer to "Ubuntu One" cloud. 
This is essential for the server to recognize your personal computer. Once added, you are done.

Now, you are ready to get thrilled. Your home folder has a special folder called "Ubunt One". 
This is where the magics happens. 

After running the ubuntu one client, you can see a icon in top panel, 
click the panel and click "connect" to connect with the server. 
You can right click it. select "properties" to select the visibility options for the icon 
and to change the bandwidth settings.

Once connected, you are ready. Now access the "Ubuntu One" folder via Places->Ubuntu One. 
It looks like any other normal folder. But has hidden magician. 
Create a folder inside and paste a file from any other folder.

Wow !
        
See the notification area. It is saying "Updating files". 
After a little time, it says that "updating Finished"

Thats all. This is called syncing.

Any files or folders placed inside "~/Ubuntu One" will be synced to the server. 
You can create, modify, move,delete the files as you do in any other folders. 
But, all your actions will be reflected in the server too.

Normally the sync happens once in 10 min. There is another interesting thing is here. 
You can share your folders to other ubuntuone users. Right click any folder inside "~/Ubuntu One". 
Choose "Share on Ubuntu One". You can give a users email address. 
For example, if you want to share any folder with me, give my email address there. 
You can even give me rights to modify your files by selecting "Allow Modifications" checkbox. 
Then click "share". This will send me a email saying that [name] wants to share a folder with you. 
I have to accept a this by clicking a link provided in the email.

My "~/Ubuntu One" folder has a sub folder called "Shared With Me". 
This is the folder, where I get all the folders which are shared with me by other ubuntu one users. 

Want to share photos? albums? letters? documents? with your family and friends? 
Just place in ~/Ubuntu One and share by giving their email id.  
You reach many people in a easy path.

You can login to one.ubuntu.com via browser and see all the files. 
Browser is another way of managing the ubuntu one folder
https://one.ubuntu.com/files/   
Here, a web based file browser helps us. 

We can create folder, delete folder. Click a folder and "sharing" to share with others. 
Same as we did with gnome client. You can upload files too.

Currently one file at one time is possible. Bulk upload options are yet to be developed. 

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Tutorials/FileSharing 
This link explains about file sharing in details.

Next, let is see on syncing "Tomboy Notes". Tomboy is a perfect note taking application. 
We can use it to take all kind of notes, todo list, reminders. 

In Tomboy preferences, select Synchronization tab, select ubuntu one by service as "Tomboy Web". 
Thats all. All your notes will be synced. 
You can get them in browser via "notes" tab. 
You can create, edit, delete in browser too.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Tutorials/Notes
read for further info

You can sync, evolution contacts.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Tutorials/Contacts
See this link for syncing evolution contacts



There are many future plans like
Syncing files outsude ubuntu one folder
Indication remaining time/bytes on sync
Clients for other distros
Screen sharing
High capacity storage
Mobile clients, console clients
Encrypted file storage
Sharing notes,contacts
Public accessible shared folders via a single URL

login is secured via ssl and oauth
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/Security

ubuntu one community gives awesome support
Forum - http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=367
FAQ - https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntuone/+faqs
LP answers - https://answers.launchpad.net/~ubuntuone-users
LP project page - https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuone-users
acount asst - https://one.ubuntu.com/support/account-assistance/
You are welcome to report bugs here. 
Bugs - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntuone-client

"Sharing is Caring"
Share you with the world

Forget to say, #ubuntuone is the excellent place to hang out.

You can sync your own applications too with ubuntu one api. 
Contact the helpful developers in maling list/irc

Thanks all. Hope I have done.




QUESTION: Is kubuntu setup to use the same service in the same way as ubuntu?
ANSWER: yes. you can use the same client in kubuntu too. but requires to install gnome libraries.
        
Question: We were discussing the differences between dropbox and one. 
how does one stack up on various OSs?
Answer : Good. Currently Ubuntu One supports only ubuntu. 
The support to various distros are future plans


QUESTION: if I can install the same client in kubuntu, will it also auto sync contacts in Kontact like it does in Evolution?
ANSWER: No support for kontact now. But, ubuntu one api is simple and anyone can develop kontact sync

QUESTION: Are there any limitations on file types that can be stored on Ubuntu One?
ANSWER : No limits on file types. You can store any file.


QUESTION: Are files encrypted?
ANSWER: No. files are not encrypted. Encryption may give issues on sharing. 


QUESTION: What do I do if I get OpenID login failed?
ANSWER: sometime, this may happen. We need to check why login failed.
It failed for me too saying like "invalid timezone error".
I changed my timezone settings in launchpad and it worked :-)
#ubuntu helped me on this.


Question: with contacts I can see how to add people one at a time, 
but how do I sync it with empathy to add all my contacts?
Answer: You can sync evlution contcacts. Not with empathy contacts.


QUESTION: My sister uses Windows. Can I share files with her via Ubuntu One?
ANSWER: Not possible now.



Question: I asked earlier, I get a lot of .u1onflict markers on my folders. 
I'm constantly updating between my labtop/workstation and sometimes don't sync up before modifying, is there any good way to resolve these? Some of my folders seem to have stopped syncing becuse of it.

Answer: Well. sometimes, conflict too happen. 

https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntuone-client/+question/77902

This page says that
you have to choose which version of file to keep and remove all the file except the required one.


Question: Can you share notes like you can share files?
Answer : Currently, we can share files only

UserDays/01232010/Using Ubuntu One (last edited 2010-01-24 03:11:49 by shrini)