What 'is' the 'client'?

Asked by fixor on 2010-02-25

What exactly is the client? After spending a lot of time reading Faq's, tutorials, ubuntu one support pages, launchpad and wiki's (yes yes the information is very well spread out) i still do not know.
My guess is that the 'ubuntu one client' is one of the following:

* An applet sitting in my notification area

* The web interface to the service

* The folder in my home dir called 'ubuntu one' that i can open with nautilus

But which one is it ?

Someone please write a proper introduction to make sure that someone with many years of ubuntu experience, after a lot of reading, can understand. what. it. is!

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Matt Griffin (mattgriffin) said : #1

The client is the synchronization software that is installed on your desktop... so your first guess is correct. We refer to it as the 'client' because it communicates with the Ubuntu One servers in the data center.

Duane Hinnen (duanedesign) said : #2

One of the easiest to understand explanations of the Ubuntu One components can be found here:
hope that helps,

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