Ubuntu One will be no more from June, so grab your data back soon
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As of the first of June this year, Ubuntu's cloud service, Ubuntu One, will be closing down. Two months after, July 31st, all the content within the servers will be wiped and the hardware will no doubt go onto become something else in the Canonical community of services.

This isn't really much of a surprise, in all honesty. Ubuntu One was never really all that good, as cloud services go, and was plagued with all sort of issues from the start. Speed or rather, lack of it was the main problem, though, despite the amount of money Canonical invested, it just couldn't get the service to operate at the same kind of speeds that its competitors were offering.

The thing is, if Canonical is moving into the mobile market in the way which we all think it will be, i.e. going full-guns and offering a complete OS docking/phone and tablet set of options, then it's going to have to include some kind of cloud storage option for the user. Naturally, this option will now be up to the user to decide (from Google Drive and so on), but it seems a little odd for Canonical to invest so heavily in the mobile market then leave a large section of the user capabilities to another company's product.

February saw a significant outage for the service nearly a week that seems to have been the nail in the coffin. How many people abandoned the service at that point is unknown, however it must have been a fair few. After all, would you invest money in a service that was so unreliable that it goes down for nearly a week without any communication from the company involved?

No Profits, And Loss
It's all down to money, of course; the plain and simple fact of the matter was that Ubuntu One wasn't making enough money to warrant its existence. When Y0U factor in the infrastructure, staffing costs, administration and even the power costs, there simply wasn't enough of the folding stuff being generated to keep the service alive.

"With other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage, 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." said Canonical's CEO Jane Silber, regarding the 'free storage wars'.

There is a light at the end of this tunnel, though, with the news that the Ubuntu One source code is being made available. Although there are many other home-based cloud servers available to choose from, the code for Ubuntu One could yield some future as with a more personal feel that the competition can manage. It's certainly worth thinking about at any rate.

Ubuntu One won't therefore be appearing in the forthcoming release of 14.04 LTS, so if you have anything on Ubuntu One, now is the time to get it off, get your refund from Canonical, and start looking for somewhere else to store you data in the cloud.