No clients for Win, Mac and other Linux distributions.

Asked by Michael Kanis on 2009-05-12

Similar services like Dropbox are far superior because there are clients for Win, Mac + Linux (also not only debs for Ubuntu!). I can not use this with my friends, so it's not of much use. Your user base will probably be very small.

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Paul Tagliamonte (paultag) said : #1

First Off, I am just a user, not a developer of Ubuntu One.

From what I can see, this is largely python based. In theory, this can run on Windows ( Euch! ) Mac and other Distros. I will try to run this first in Debian W/ GNOME ( If nothing else can run this, it will be Debian ). If this looks promising ( and I think it should ) it should be portable across the other distros with light hacking.

John Lenton (chipaca) said : #2

On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 01:44:32PM -0000, Paul Tagliamonte wrote:
> First Off, I am just a user, not a developer of Ubuntu One.
>
> >From what I can see, this is largely python based. In theory, this can
> run on Windows ( Euch! ) Mac and other Distros. I will try to run this
> first in Debian W/ GNOME ( If nothing else can run this, it will be
> Debian ). If this looks promising ( and I think it should ) it should be
> portable across the other distros with light hacking.
>

yes. For running on things other than gnome, the only blocker is the
gnome keyring (there isn't yet a cross-desktop keychain thing).

For running on legacy operating systems you'd need to replace the
inotify bits with the equivalent on the operating system of
choice.

Facundo Batista (facundo) said : #3

Note that, as the needed pieces are being freed as open source, *anybody* could create clients for KDE, Windows, Mac, VMS, or whatever...

Rick McBride (rmcbride) said : #4

Also, we do have the Web interface, which can be used to download/upload files with any OS that has javascript support in a webbrowser.

Bruno Areal (bruno-areal) said : #5

I currently use an iMac with MacOS X as a desktop at home, and use an (imposed) windows at my new work.
Since then, i left my ubuntu laptop in my bag, and rarely use it...

Nevertheless, i'm an open source "fan" and, i would be grateful to help cannonical contributing as a "client" of ubuntuOne. But obviously that required that i could use it.

Being currently working as an software analyst and java developer, and just finished my graduation, i'm really available to try to figure out some kind of client. This could simply autenticate an mac or an windows box, and synchronize a predefined folder...
(basically, i'm thinking: "hey, open-source is 'nothing' if your not available to contribute!").

Unfortunately, i'm used to develop in a more "high level", and neither participated in some kind of "open source project", so this task seams more than i can afford....

Is there anyone out there available for some help and some guidance?
I couldn't spend more than 2 hours a week working on this... But it's better than nothing....

Elliot Murphy (statik) said : #6

Bruno, thanks for your offer to help. Stop by #ubuntuone on Freenode IRC or contact us on the mailing list https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuone-users/ and we'll help you get started contributing to the project.

tlois (tlois3) said : #7

It can be used to access your documents from Windows, which is all I care about, as I use Ubuntu on 5 computers and only one Windows machine by force at work (although I have snuck Ubuntu on to one Windows machine at work too- hee hee- don't tell the IT folks).

Have never used drop box, usually use gdocs in order to access all my docs from anywhere, but there are work forms that don't translate there. I really like UbuntuOne.

So that was just to say that although you may not be able to place docs, etc. into UbuntuOne from a Windows machine, you can definitely access and open them from one by logging into your account.

uncleho (singerhmk) said : #8

This is really a question. Why does it not work on mac or windows?

Elliot Murphy (statik) said : #9

Hi! it's just a question of time and resources. We're going to be organizing a sprint on porting some code to windows at PyCon 2010 in February, but don't have any specific timeline set for when a windows version of the file sync client will be available. You can get Tomboy for Windows and OS X, and use that to sync your Tomboy notes with Ubuntu One, but we haven't ported the file sync code yet.

johnkzin (john-rudd) said : #10

If you've got a web interface to UbuntuOne, why not just go the extra step to support WebDAV, and then you get basic Mac (and Windows) support via mounting web folders/web volumes?

It also shouldn't be too difficult to support AFP from a linux server.

Manuel de la Peña (mandel) said : #11

Well, although webdav would be useful for a solution that is just a remote storage is good, Ubuntu One provides far more features which we certainly want to have in other platforms.

The issue with the current solution is that we depend on gnome-keyring, dbus, and inotify which (although some ports exist) cannot be easily used. We do not want to create an client that will force you to install all the linux drivers on windows or mac. There is a lot of wor to fix this issues and the code should be more portable soon.

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