Ubuntu: synchronizing settings among multiple computers using Ubuntu One

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Using more than one computer, often it would be useful to have a way to synchronize settings among multiple computers. For example you change the desktop wallpaper on your office PC and you want to find the same wallpaper when you go back home on your personal PC or on your laptop. Language settings, online accounts, privacy settings ecc... are only few examples of settings you could want to have synchronized.

Ubuntu One already gives you 5 Gb space for free and it's available for everyone activating it. It's a perfect place for storing a shared folder with all those settings. Of course not a simple folder, a special one. Applications use settings taken from usual ~/.appName and a daemon takes care of synchronizing data once you're connected to Internet. Just like Ubuntu One does with your documents.

How do I choose which settings to synchronize? First of all you have to activate an Ubuntu One account, if you don't have already done it, then you just have to choose the settings you want using this tool available in Ubuntu System Settings

What? A mockup?! Isn't this tool available yet??!! Exactly :) This tool is not available yet, but I think it would be an interesting feature to talk about for the next (not precise, I mean 12.10) Ubuntu release. What do you think about?

8 Responses to “Ubuntu: synchronizing settings among multiple computers using Ubuntu One”

  1. seb24 Says:

    You have the “oneConf” project in Ubuntu. Speak with Didier Roche about that.

  2. ituxer Says:

    AFAIK,oneConf syncs apps,not stuff like wallpaper..

  3. Andrea Grandi Says:

    I’ve just given a look to this https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OneConf
    I was not aware of it and maybe we can merge our ideas and re-launch this feature.
    I really would like to have something like this on Ubuntu.

  4. Stuart Langridge Says:

    Hi, Andrea!

    This is a great idea. As head of the Ubuntu One application developer programme, I’m happy to give some advice on how this might be done. Here are a few links that you might find useful, for people who have discussed this sort of project before.

    * http://launchpad.net/stipple (a previous project which had roughly this idea, but used the now defunct desktopcouch technology to sync with Ubuntu One)
    * http://askubuntu.com/questions/48444/will-ubuntu-one-support-os-settings-sync/48541#48541 (my answer to someone else asking about this, which explains some of the harder aspects of it)
    * http://voices.canonical.com/ubuntuone/?p=1342 (Ubuntu One’s U1DB project for data sync)
    * https://one.ubuntu.com/developer/ (API documentation for Ubuntu One)

    I’d love to chat more about this if you’re interested in starting work on such a project; I have thoughts on it, and can give some guidance and ideas!

  5. Andrei Says:

    Sorry, but syncing wallpaper is a frivolous use case on which to base a plea for a new tool. Surely you can think of a more practical need, otherwise it’s no surprise nobody’s bothered to make this thing.

  6. didrocks Says:

    Hey Andrea, I’m working on OneConf. I would be happy to join this shared effort with you. You can contact me by email or on IRC :)

  7. Dan Says:

    To sync your desktop wallpaper, go to your home folder and hit Ctrl+H to show hidden files. Then right click the .gconf/desktop folder and choose to sync to Ubuntu One. Worked for me :-)

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