Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has announced that it is shutting down cloud storage service Ubuntu One. Why is Ubuntu One shutting down? Competition.
?Additionally, the free storage wars aren?t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage,? said Canonical’s Jane Silber in a blog post. ?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.?
Ubuntu One was launched as a freemium service. The service competes against services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc. Ubuntu One accounts will not stop functioning. You can still log in to your account and provide a credit card number to buy apps. Users cannot buy more space though. Syncing will stop on June 1st. Data will be wiped out from servers on July 31st. Annual subscribers will receive a refund.
Canonical said that the source code will be released under an open-source license.