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Ubuntu to shut down Dropbox competitor Ubuntu One as storage wars heat up

Canonical, owner of the popular Linux operating system Ubuntu, today announced that it is shutting down its file-storing service Ubuntu One.

Aside from being a distraction, Canonical says the service is being shut down because “free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB – 50GB free storage.” Interestingly, this departure also marks Canonical’s departure from music streaming services; One offered a music streaming feature for songs stored on the service.

Yes, it appears the cloud storage price war between Google, Dropbox, and Amazon just claimed its first casualty.

Canonical was refreshingly blunt in its announcement, simply stating that it cannot compete globally without making a larger investment — and it doesn’t want to do that.

If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make. We choose instead to invest in making the absolute best, open platform and to highlight the best of our partners’ services and content.

Canonical is no longer accepting signups for Ubuntu One starting today, the service will not be included in the next Ubuntu OS release, and it will formally shut down June 2014. Existing users can download their files until the end of July. Ubuntu says its Ubuntu One sign-on service will live on.


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