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Ubuntu One for Windows – a quick run down of the first beta

Yesterday I got my invite to join the Ubuntu One Windows Beta. I thought I’d show off some screenshots.

The installer is a small 12MB .msi installer and installation of it is straightforward.

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Setting up your Ubuntu One account after installation is just as easy on Ubuntu: you open the app, enter your Ubuntu One sign in details and connect.

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Once installed and logged in it sets about doing its job: syncing your Ubuntu One account to Windows. Despite a ‘known issue’ of slowness in the initial sync mine was very fast – but then I don’t have a lot in my Ubuntu One account ;)

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During the sync the tray icon becomes animated. A nice little touch.

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In this first beta you can only ‘sync’ your main Ubuntu One folder. This is placed in your ‘My Documents’ directory. Support for sync outside of the Ubuntu folder is targeted for future releases.

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Windows options

So far only a sync interval options is available to configure but more features are heading to the Windows port including: -

  • Account sync upon file change
  • Further account information
  • Ability to sync folders outside of the main ‘Ubuntu One’ folder
  • Sync contacts, notes and bookmarks

And more curiously this: -

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Tomboy is already available for Windows whilst Banshee, as of yet, has no official windows build available for download.

One other thing to note about UbuntuOne on Windows is that it automatically adds itself to the Start up items.

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For more information on Ubuntu One for Windows and how to join in the beta testing point your browsers to voices.canonical.com/ubuntuone/?p=689