Depending on the “cloud” for remote storage is a common thing these days for most operating systems. Problem is, there are so many different ways to get content off of the computer and onto remote, elastic storage. Take Ubuntu for example. Out of the box, you have access to the distro’s own elastic storage feature called Ubuntu One. The idea is you’re provided with a fairly straight forward “shared folder” that is accessible from any Ubuntu desktop. But this isn’t to say that this is a match for everyones needs.

Cross platform compatibility

While there is a port to the Windows platform for Ubuntu One the way, it’s not there just yet. Ubuntu One access for Windows users is still in beta and that’s simply not going to cut it for most people. At the same time, I should mention that Dropbox works great all of the common platforms without problem. This is a fairly significant issue. So if dependability matters to you, then clearly working with Dropbox is going to be the way to go. After all, it’s about something that works vs something that doesn’t.


The one killer defeat for Dropbox over Ubuntu One has to be Ubuntu One being able to backup databases, whereas Dropbox cannot. For some users backing up various application settings and the like, it’s kind of a deal breaker and will push people back into Ubuntu One exclusively.

Ubuntu One Vs Dropbox
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Most people would likely not care so much about this. After all, how many of us are backing up our settings with either of these options? For the love of commonsense, stick with something better suited for backups like JungleDisk.

What does Matt use?

For basically sharing of stuff, I rely on Ubuntu One. Not talking about backing up videos or anything crazy like that. Rather simply indicating that Ubuntu One provides me the basic functionality I need, out of the box, without needing to install anything extra. Then there is the fact that with each version of Ubuntu that Ubuntu One is tested. Can’t say the same thing for Dropbox.