April 2, 2014

Dear Ubuntu One Users: What SpiderOak Can Do For You

by with 20 comments

Canonical announced today that Ubuntu One is shutting down.

In addition to natively supporting Linux since day 1 in 2007 (my machines run Ubuntu, Debian, and RedHat) we also support Windows and Mac allowing you to be flexible.  Enjoy our easier pricing and Zero Knowledge Privacy Policy and keep your data safe, synced, and private!  Over 20% of our revenue at SpiderOak comes from happy Linux customers.

Other things Linux users might be tempted by:

– Scriptable Command Line Interface – great for cron jobs
– Configurable Backup and/or Sync between Arbitrary Folders
– “Keep Your Own Copy” feature and LAN Sync
– By Default: Perpetual storage of deleted items and old versions

Something we don’t have yet is Nautilus integration although it is on our roadmap.

P.S.  Psst…don’t tell the Windows/Mac folks, but if you sign up from an Ubuntu Linux machine and then email us next week at support@spideroak.com we’ll offer you a special deal.  It’s our secret!

P.P.S. I just donated $1000 to Ubuntu to support them while they focus on providing a great OS and hope you might consider the same! (link, which tells me that for that price instead I could have had an adult camel which was a difficult choice.) You can also support Debian, Arch, and other Linux distributions here.

Comments
  1. Camels are great alternative transportation, and no harder to deal with than your average system administrator.

  2. The major problem with donating to Ubuntu is that they don’t give you the camel with the $1000. Need more camel!

  3. Having ridden a Camel, you might want to reconsider the transportation aspects. And yes, they can be harder to deal with than a recalcitrant sys admin.

    On the other hand, if you want to make a fashion statement, nothing compares to having a camel.

  4. I don’t really have a comment or a camel, I just wanted to say thank you. I’ve loved and used SpiderOak for years on Ubuntu, hope more former “One” users come your way.

  5. I say, skip the camel and go for a horse with no name. Much better choice when crossing the desert.

  6. I’m an Ubuntu user and honestly haven’t ever really used Ubuntu one. I’ve had spideroak installed since before they packaged ubuntu with their backup service and to this day still install spideroak instead of using the ubuntu one service. I understand why they’re shutting it down. Needless to say I probably would have used their service if it was as flexible and powerful as spideroak.

  7. I came here via a google plus comment on a post from Full circle magazine. I used Ubuntu one regularly, so I will sign up later when I come home to try it out. Thank you!

  8. Just signed up and replaced Ubuntu One with SpiderOak. So far it just works. That’s what I was hoping for :) I’m curious to see what the deal is when I email support next week.

  9. Well thanks!, I just signed up. I was a heavy Ubuntu One user, and the service interruption really bothered me…until I discovered spideroak. Loving the 200Gb offer to Ubuntu users….these details make a big difference. You guys just earned a new customer…hopefuly for a long time!

  10. Well thanks!, I just signed up. I was a heavy Ubuntu One user, and the service interruption really bothered me…until I discovered spideroak. Loving the 200Gb offer to Ubuntu users….these details make a big difference. You guys just earned a new customer…hopefuly for a long time!

  11. I just installed it. Your splash screen is terrible :D

    Buttons too.

    Overall client could use some UI/UX love. (Your website is much nicer.) But at least it has lots of options. Now, let’s see how good conflict resolution works…

    • Total agreement about UX. We’re working on it.

      Conflict resolution in SpiderOak is the “last version modified by a human wins” model. However, we keep ALL historical version by default, so you can always retrieve a previous version if you need to.

  12. Hi. I’m out on a vaccation this week. Can still register for the special offer for Ubuntu users when I come back to my Ubuntu machine next week? :)

  13. Since you’re wooing Ubuntu One users do we get an indicator that fits the Ambiance theme? :)

  14. I don’t know anything about this and I really don’t know why I signed up or if I did, I sure don’t want to belong to this as I don’t really know what your all about.
    Please take my name off your list.
    Thank you,
    Joyce Avery