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Canonical to shut down Ubuntu One cloud service

Ubuntu One sync service backing up files
Ubuntu One sync service
While the Ubuntu One sign on service, the payment service and the backend U1DB database service remain around, Canonical decides to drop its cloud storage service, which will remain available until June 1.

Ubuntu is probably the most popular Linux distro currently on the market and one of its most attractive features is the Ubuntu One cloud storage service, which is similar to Microsoft's OneDrive. Unfortunately, Canonical has just announced the imminent shutdown of the service and this sad event is scheduled to occur on the first day of June.

"This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides. However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin." wrote Canonical CEO Jane Silber in her latest post on the official company blog.

While the cloud storage service will cease to function on June 1, the users' files will remain available for download until the 31st of July, when all the content will be deleted. According to the blog post mentioned above, Canonical will release the source code of Ubuntu One to the community.

The termination of the file service will not carry on to the Unbuntu One single sign on and payment services or the U1DB database service.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-04- 3 (Update: 2014-04- 4)