Nowadays we tend to have more and more devices that allow us to connect to the internet. Forget about the family desktop, now people have netbooks, smartphones, laptops - so very often, more than just one device. But ideally, we would like to access all our data, pictures, music, from any device we have, from any location.
Enters Ubuntu One and the world of file synchronisation. Push your files to Ubuntu One, and you will be able to access them from any Ubuntu machine in the world. Nice idea, but here comes the fail:
- Forget about accessing Ubuntu One from your Iphone or Android phone
- Forget about accessing Ubuntu One from Windows machine (might come later, but will still require installation, so no easy access from friend's computers, or internet cafe)
Now here is my pledge: how nice would it be to have an appstore for webapps, stored online, for apps that would interact with cloud storage. Think http://bitspace.at/ , but using ubuntu one/dropbox storage.
I would love to have:
- A HTML5 photo browsing app, stored on Canonical's servers, that would interact with Ubuntu One storage.
- An html5 music player, from which I could listen to my music stored in the cloud in streaming
- An HTML5 ODF editor, where I could quickly edit my files.
Advantages over existing solutions:
- Access and use all your files from any internet-connected device, provided it has a good browser
- No need to install software on target computer - same look and feel whatever the platform.
Issues that need to be solved:
- The applications purchased should be downloadable as ZIP files and uploadable to a new host (potentially your server), should you wish to change the application provider.
- The apps should be able to interact with many file storage providers - and a standard would be needed for that (CMIS, anyone?), so you could change the storage provider too.