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Since canonical is shutting down Ubuntu One, what are the possible alternatives?

I currently use Ubuntu One as a backup service for my Documents folder and various other folders I deem important. Of course I have backups on an external hard drive as well, but nevertheless, I find Ubuntu One to be very useful. What I'm especially looking for is a cloud service that does not need a special folder (such as a dropbox or google drive folder); something that is able to integrate into my own file system and syncs just any folder I want to.

I am aware that this question is rather subjective, but I do guess many people who have used Ubuntu One are now in the dark.

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closed as too broad by Eric Carvalho, BuZZ-dEE, Braiam, Lucio, Seth Apr 8 at 2:59

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So this was NOT an April Fools Joke? –  Luis Alvarado Apr 2 at 17:28
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Well he does state that he wants something which can synchronize any user-specified folder (rather than a specific folder)... My understanding is that most "cloud" storage systems don't support this - so why is this question "on hold"? –  Gregory Opera Apr 3 at 9:48
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Asking for a list of alternatives to a specific service is not too subjective, nor too broad. There should also be many questions like this expected over the next few days. –  dobey Apr 3 at 11:49
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@dobey as long as any and every answer is valid, it's too broad. –  Braiam Apr 3 at 14:46
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@Braiam No, it isn't. Otherwise all the other similar questions on AskUbuntu that have been protected, like askubuntu.com/questions/6586/what-native-games-are-available , need to be closed as "Too Broad" as well. –  dobey Apr 3 at 16:11

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The following is a list of the cloud services similar to Ubuntu One that work in Ubuntu (Can be installed with a .DEB file) and may provide support for the Unity Systray:

Dropbox enter image description here

Website - https://www.dropbox.com/
Starting Free Space - 2 GB
Bonus Space - 25 GB to 50 GB when used on an Smartphone
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders between devices.
Unity SysTray Support- YES
Open Source - NO

InSync enter image description here

Website - https://www.insynchq.com/
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders with Google Drive. Extensive Sharing properties. 15 Day Trial.
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - NO

OwnCloud enter image description here

Website - http://owncloud.org/
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders between Devices on your "Own Cloud".
Support - http://owncloud.org/providers/
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - YES (GitHub)

SpiderOak enter image description here

Website - https://spideroak.com/
Starting Free Space - 2 GB
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders between devices. Advanced GUI System & File History
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - NO

Wuala enter image description here

Website - http://www.wuala.com/
Starting Free Space - 0 GB Paid Only
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders. GUI System and an easy way to manage files across devices.
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - NO

Tonido enter image description here

Website - http://www.tonido.com/
Starting Free Space - 2 GB
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders between computers.
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - NO

TeamDrive enter image description here

Website - http://www.teamdrive.com/
Starting Free Space - 2 GB
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders between computers. File Collaboration (Multi User Support)
Bonus Space - Up to 10 GB by inviting others.
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - NO

SeaFile enter image description here

Website - http://seafile.com/en/home/
Starting Free Space - 1 GB
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders between computers.
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - YES (GitHub)

Syncany enter image description here

Website - http://www.syncany.org/
Starting Free Space - 1 GB
Characteristics - Sync Files/Folders between computers. Can use Picasa, RackSpace, Amazon, Google, Windows Share and even WebDAV as a repository. Nautilus integration. Advanced GUI. Can integrate with other Cloud Services. Very flexible.
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - YES (GitHub)

Copy (Barracuda) enter image description here

Website - https://www.copy.com/home/
Starting Free Space - 15 GB
Characteristics - Up to 5 Devices Synced, 5 GB+ for every invite, Can personalized space provided for a single user. Nautilus integration. Advanced GUI. Can integrate with other Cloud Services. Very flexible. Supports soft symlinks.
Unity SysTray Support - YES
Open Source - NO

Others that may be used (Open Source):

enter image description here OwnDrive - https://owndrive.com/

  • Unified Access to multiple Cloud Services
  • 1 GB Free Space

enter image description here SparkleShare - http://sparkleshare.org/

  • Open Source (GitHub)
  • Version Control & Privacy

Others that may be used (Closed Source):

enter image description here Asus Web Storage - https://www.asuswebstorage.com/navigate/

  • 5 GB free space
  • More free space if you use ASUS Devices

enter image description here SugarSync - https://www.sugarsync.com/

  • 30 Day Trial
  • 60 GB Starting Size (Not free)

enter image description here BitTorrent Sync - http://www.bittorrent.com/sync/downloads

  • Offer API to Developers
  • Direct Transfer between Devices

enter image description here BitCasa - https://www.bitcasa.com/

  • 5 GB (Upto 20 GB via inviting others) Free Space
  • Up to 3 Clients

enter image description here GoAruna - http://goaruna.com/

  • 2 GB Free Space
  • Works on many devices

In my case I stick with Dropbox and InSync. Tried SpiderOak and there was a lack of User-Friendliness that I did not use it after a week. InSync is pretty cool (Saves me a lot of time). Lastly Syncany has pretty cool options to connect to other cloud services and even create your own for privacy.

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This InSync thing looks exactly like I'm looking for! –  Gx1sptDTDa Apr 2 at 18:57
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+1 for SpiderOak. I agree that it is less user-friendly than the others, but its major advantage is privacy. Nobody but you has access to the files you store, SpiderOak doesn't store copies of your encryption keys like most providers do. –  TwentyMiles Apr 2 at 19:44
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It would be nice if you could expand this answer by adding in which country(ies) these companies store the data. –  Luís de Sousa Apr 3 at 14:58
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Thanks Luis for the great answer! If I may suggest an improvement: add the information of which ones are open source and which aren't. –  mardy Apr 6 at 18:59
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Another major advantage of SpiderOak is historic versions of files. You always have all historic versions of the files that you work on, unlike in Dropbox (where these are available for 30 days only). –  landroni Apr 6 at 20:40

I use Google Drive with Insync. I think Insync is the most decent cloud service client for Ubuntu, as you can leave your files where they are, because Insync can follow symlinks.

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One of my favorite services that no one is listing is BitTorrent Sync. They offer UNLIMITED transfer and storage space; it works just like Dropbox.

The ONLY downside is that it is indeed BitTorrent; one computer has to be on with the files. I just let it run on my laptop. It's multiplatform, and its incredibly sharable.

Ther's also Dropbox, which I highly recommend.

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OneMediaHub (Funambol) is a good one. It's supported by large amounts of different hardware and operating systems. I sync my Android device with Google, Evolution, my Nokia N8, etc. It's really quite good. It's open source as well, so you can run it yourself if you want to.

It supports notes, contacts, calendar, todo, pictures, video, music and other files.

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