Canonical is preparing to launch a new web service called “Ubuntu One,” which will bring cloud synchronization and collaboration features to the Linux desktop. The service is under heavy development, but it is expected to be ready for widespread use when Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, is released in October. Ubuntu One will support tight desktop integration. To achieve that goal, the developers are building client software that will make the service a seamless part of the desktop experience. The software is currently available to beta testers in an Ubuntu Personal Package Archive (PPA) hosted on Launchpad. The source code will be released soon under open licenses and is said to be usable on other Linux distributions. Canonical began inviting Ubuntu community members to participate in a closed beta test.
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