Tired of UbuntuOne memory leaks? Try SpiderOak!

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I've been having problems the past few days with the new Ubuntu One update causing a huge memory leak on my MSI U100 netbook. By huge I mean taking up 1.2 gb and 4% CPU on my MSI U100's tiny 2 gb of RAM and Intel Atom duo. I finally got fed up enough yesterday to uninstall Ubuntu One, leaving myself in quite a predictament as I now had no way to backup my files online.


Thankfully Lxer.com came to the rescue with some suggestions on alternatives to Dropbox, which I don't particularly care to use in Ubuntu due to the lack of syncing functionality (I'll admit it, I'm lazy and see no need to do what the computer is fully capable of doing for me). Among these suggestions I found an amazing little company called SpiderOak that only charges $10 for 100 gb of data backup.


Curious about the low pricing, I went ahead and installed SpiderOak on my Ubuntu 11.04 Natty install (SpiderOak provides .deb files for Ubuntu so that was very easy to do, just two clicks away). Unbeknownst to me at the time I was in for a clever little surprise.


SpiderOak not only has the lowest prices in town, but their software also supports automatic syncing of your backup folders, just like Ubuntu One. Unlike Ubuntu One you're given full control over the syncing process so your files will be backed up at a time that is most convenient to you and not the program itself.


While SpiderOak's software does require you set it up to automatically start with Ubuntu, this is a very easy thing to do and something I don't mind doing just to have sync functionality. To add SpiderOak's software to your list of startup programs, just go to Startup Applications in the Unity menu, select New, and type in the following in the box labeled Command:



That's all there is to it. :) Enjoy your UbuntuOne alternative!





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