Ubuntu One

06 May

Ubuntu One is a data-sharing service hosted by Canonical, the company producing the Ubuntu distro on which Mint is based. It can be installed on Mint with the commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuone/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntuone-client ubuntuone-control-panel

sudo apt-get install ubuntuone-client-proxy

sudo apt-get install ubuntuone-control-panel-qt

This should add an Ubuntu One item to your Mint menu. Select this and supply a password. Choose ‘I don’t have an account yet – sign me up’ and you will be prompted to supply a name, an email address and a password. Canonical will send out an email acknowledging these.

A new folder called ‘Ubuntu One’ will be added to your <username> folder, and any files places in this will be automatically stored in the cloud. You can go on to select other folders too. Any changes you make will be reflected in the stored files. A notification will appear on the screen when these are being updated. You can choose to have reverse synchronisation as well, whereby if you (or anyone else with access to them) changes your files and folders via the web, the original copies on disk will be changed too.

Your files and folders can be accessed via the web from anywhere with an internet connection: log in with your username and password at You can download saved files from here on to the connected device. Files and folders can be designated here as ‘Published’. This will give them a public URL, making them available for others to view and download.

The first 5Gb of storage in Ubuntu One is free, but you can purchase additional services such as music streaming from the Ubuntu Store. Ubuntu One is also available for Windows and Macintosh PCs.

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Cloud storage



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