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What type of authentication Ubuntu One uses? Why there is no Login/Password fields under System->Preferences->Ubuntu One entry?

Is current U1 auth based on cookies or something?

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Ubuntu One is storing your credential inside Gnome Keyring Manager. You can access this manager from the System -> Preferences menu (or in older Ubuntu release from the Applications -> Accessories) choose the application named Passwords and Encryption Keys.

You can see that your Ubuntu One credentials are stored there.

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Note that this keyring manager is encrypted, it's a safe store. But it is unlock upon login, so that's why you don't need to enter your Ubuntu One credentials.

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It's really worth installing this little indicator-applet to see what Ubuntu One is doing. It's no dropbox, not by a long shot, but I find it helps demystify what on earth U1 is up to at any given moment : http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/10/ubuntu-one-indicator-applet-puts-sync-status-back-into-view/

Sadly, this proposed upgrade to the Ubuntu One client didn't appear the make the cut for 10.10 : http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/07/the-ubuntu-one-control-panel-beauty-in-simplicity/

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I'm not sure this is useful. Yeah for us geeks - we're quite control freaks - we like to see what's going on ;-) But for a normal user point of view it should be: "it just works"! Mozilla is doing the same with Firefox Sync in Firefox 4 at the moment. Chrome/Chromium do also the same. When it works, you don't need to verify it. However, from a marketing point of view, this is an idea! At least people feel that they have something special. Think about the On/Off buttons for ABS, ESP, etc. or even the strange red break on Porsche car. It's marketing, not ergonomics behind that. –  Huygens Oct 12 '10 at 20:19
    
The second link looks promising, I would like to have sth like this on my Ubuntu intsallation. –  Paweł Karpiński Oct 13 '10 at 7:48

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