Archive for October, 2009

Rodrigo Moya: Syncing Evolution contacts to Ubuntu One

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The other day was about Tomboy notes, today, Evolution contacts syncing to Ubuntu One!

For the basic setup, see this tutorial. So, once you have contacts in the Evolution CouchDB Ubuntu One addressbook, syncing to Ubuntu One happens automatically:

The same contacts show up automatically in the Ubuntu One web UI:

Now, we just need to get mobile devices (N900, Android, etc) to sync contacts there also, and your contacts would be everywhere you need them!

Enjoy it!

File sync status update

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

A few Ubuntu One users have reported a bug (#462828) in the desktop client software that could cause files to become unavailable in some circumstances. As a temporary measure, we have updated our server to display a “Capabilities Mismatch” error to prevent files from becoming unavailable to users.

A client software update will be released very soon in the update channel. Manually running Update Manager will update your client to work with the server and fix the root cause. Throughout this period, all files are still available from the Ubuntu One website.

Contact syncing and tomboy syncing services have not been affected by this issue.

UPDATE: A new client is available now for beta PPA users running 9.04 and 9.10. More updates coming soon.

UPDATE: The updated Ubuntu One client software is now available to those running Ubuntu 9.10 and not using the beta PPA. Please run Update Manager to install the new software.

Rodrigo Moya: Syncing Tomboy notes with Ubuntu One

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Lots of people keep asking the same question (how do I sync Tomboy notes with Ubuntu One?), so, since there is a nice tutorial already, posting it here to get to a wider audience: the tutorial.

Since this is also my first post about it (didn’t want to make it too public until it worked great), I wish to give special thanks to Sandy Armstrong, Tomboy’s super hacker, whose help in making this work has been very valuable. Not only he helped us in all the problems we found, but he was very receptive on our suggestions for changes in the syncing protocol. So, every time you sync your notes (to Ubuntu One or a Snowy server), please save some money to pay him (and me, if possible) some beers :-D

Thank you beta testers

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

We started the Ubuntu One service beta in early May of this year. It’s been an exciting six months and the entire Ubuntu One Team have been thrilled with the involvement of the Ubuntu community.

After over a thousand helpful bugs, fantastic feature requests, and always appreciated words of encouragement, Ubuntu One is now a much, much better service. Thank you to the entire Ubuntu community for their support. We couldn’t have come this far without you.

What started out as synchronizing only files, has grown to synchronize Tomboy notes as well as contacts. As we expand the Ubuntu One service, we’re excited about continued daily collaboration with the Ubuntu community.

Running Raindrop on Ubuntu 9.10 using Desktop Couch

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

One cool chap has posted a guide for Ubuntu Jaunty users for setting up Mozilla’s new mail/social-media/collaborative messaging thing, Raindrop.

Now, users of Ubuntu 9.10 (release candidate out today! final release out next week!) have it a lot easier; 9.10 comes with Desktop Couch, your own private CouchDB that you can play with. So it’d be great if Raindrop used that.


  1. sudo apt-get install python-twisted python-twitter python-feedparser
    (you may need packages other than this; I have so much Python dev stuff installed that I may have already had half the requirements)
  2. wget
  3. tar -zxvf paisley-0.1.tar.gz
  4. Follow to get the Raindrop source
  5. Apply the pretty small raindrop-desktopcouch.diff to patch Raindrop to use desktopcouch if you have it available
  6. Edit your ~/.raindrop file and then PYTHONPATH=paisley-0.1 ./ sync-messages --max-age=5days exactly as per
  7. To open your Desktop Couch for browsing, do xdg-open $HOME/.local/share/desktop-couch/couchdb.html (instead of the localhost:5984 link that the Raindrop install instructions recommend)
  8. So now we can all have a play with Raindrop. It looks really cool. Nice one, Mozilla Messaging team.

Ubuntu One Blog: Tomboy notes sync now available

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Now that you can synchronize files and folders with Ubuntu One, what’s next? Tomboy notes of course.

We’re happy to announce that Ubuntu One can now synchronize your Tomboy notes across all of your Ubuntu computers. Setup requires a few changes in the Tomboy preferences for each computer. Don’t worry about figuring it out for yourself because we’re happy to provide step-by-step setup instructions in our Ubuntu One Tutorials.

Tomboy Notes sync is available to all Ubuntu One subscribers. If you’re not a Tomboy user, now is a great time to take the application for a spin. Tomboy is one of the many applications included in the standard Ubuntu 9.10 release and is found in the Main Menu under Applications >> Accessories.

Setup Ubuntu One in 9.10 Karmic Koala

Monday, October 12th, 2009

There are many great features included in the 9.10 (Karmic) release. Of course the one that we’re excited about is that Ubuntu One is included. Setting up Ubuntu One is now easier than ever.

After your 9.10 install or upgrade is completed, ensure that you are connected to the Internet and launch the Ubuntu One application found in Applications >> Internet. The web browser will open and you will be asked to login to Launchpad. If you don’t already have a Launchpad account, you can create one. Next, select your Ubuntu One plan and add your computer to synchronize with Ubuntu One. Now Ubuntu One will start to automatically synchronize. It’s that easy.

If you already had files, Tomboy notes, and contacts synchronized from another Ubuntu machine, they will be automatically downloaded to your new Ubuntu 9.10 installation into the “Ubuntu One” folder.

All of these steps can be found in the Ubuntu One Tutorials. This area also includes information about how to setup and use the other great features of Ubuntu One.

Ubuntu One support options

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Now that we’re getting close to the 9.10 release, we thought it would be a good idea to review the technical and account support options that are available to all Ubuntu One subscribers. These options were selected because they fit closely with how software is often developed for Ubuntu, and, since the Ubuntu One development team uses these tools every day, it should provide a high degree of transparency to all subscribers as we receive suggestions, fix problems, and develop new features.

Launchpad is our primary tool to log bugs, diagnose issues, and track development. Anyone with a Launchpad login (available to everyone) can post bugs which the team reads daily and promptly addresses.

Since Launchpad is very transparent, anyone can read the bugs and help out with resolving issues. We encourage this type of community involvement that is a core aspect of Ubuntu. Launchpad users can also subscribe to bugs so they will be notified at each stage of the resolution.

Launchpad Answers
is a tool that enables subscribers to post more general questions about the Ubuntu One project. Team members answer these questions, but this is also an area where the Ubuntu community often steps in to provide assistance.

Ubuntu Forums
Ubuntu Forums
is similar to Launchpad Answers where subscribers can post questions about Ubuntu One features. Forums has a very active community of Ubuntu users that are frequently willing to help with issues and participate in lively discussion.

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a wonderful chat tool that Ubuntu One subscribers (or anyone) can use to communicate directly with the Ubuntu One development team. Interested individuals can find us in the #ubuntuone channel on freenode. The team is mostly based in England and the Americas, so you’re likely to reach us during normal business hours for these regions.

Account Support Form
Sometimes subscribers have questions about important account topics like credit card payments. Subscribers can go to their Account page to find the Account Assistance form to submit these types of questions directly to the team.

We hope these support resources meet the needs of all Ubuntu One subscribers and would like to hear your opinion. Anyone is welcome to join us in IRC and give us their thoughts.

What’s new with Ubuntu One

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

The Ubuntu One beta is going very well. We have appreciated every bug, IRC message, Launchpad Answers question, and Ubuntu Forums post about the service since the beta launch in early May. This community feedback has been extremely important to the decisions we make and have made in developing the service.

With the release of the Ubuntu 9.10 Beta last week which features Ubuntu One as a default option, we thought we’d share a few more recent updates.

More storage
Ubuntu One offers two subscription plan options: 2 free GB for everyone’s essential storage needs and a $10 USD plan with more capacity. We’re happy to announce that we have increased the size of the paid plan from 10 GB to an incredible 50 GB. Ubuntu One paid subscribers can now backup, sync, and share more of their music, photos, and movies.

Expanded services
Ubuntu One started with files and folders. Now we’re expanding the service to synchronize more desktop applications that people use each day. In Ubuntu 9.10, Ubuntu One will backup and synchronize Tomboy notes, Firefox bookmarks, and Evolution contacts.

Easy setup
Ubuntu 9.10 is the first Ubuntu release with Ubuntu One pre-installed. It now only takes a few clicks to enable automatic file synchronization for your Ubuntu computer or computers.

Subscribe now to try out all of these features and more.