Cloud - Review of Ubuntu Karmic Koala
Ubuntu One is a new cloud storage and synchronisation service. Any user can open a free account offering up to 2GB of space. Ubuntu One is accessed either through a web browser, or through a special folder on the file system. Save a document into the folder, and it automatically appears on the internet service as well. You choose to share a folder with others, based on email addresses, in which case they can download it from any operating system; though we found that Microsoft's IE 8 could not use the site. Better still, if you have several Ubuntu computers and register them with the same account, documents are automatically synchronised between them. The facility is similar to Microsoft's Live Mesh, though this is built into Ubuntu 9.10, whereas Mesh users have to install a runtime component.
Ubuntu 9.10, also known as Karmic Koala, is taking on Microsoft's Windows 7. The Koala has a better software installer, faster boot times and much more. Here's our thorough review.