Now, this is something I am really looking forward to in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 release (a.k.a Maverick Meerkat):
Idea is to store the state of your Ubuntu installation in the cloud, so that it can be cloned on some other machine, or used to restore after a brand new installation.
This is especially relevant because of the 6-month release cycle. I’ve spent many hours - if not days - to bring my system back to where I like it to be, after every fresh install. Furthermore, it may encourage folks to do a fresh install (versus an upgrade), thereby avoiding many problems that often arise after an upgrade. This is great for anyone who provides support on the the Ubuntu Forums - or other support avenues.
Another reason I like this is that, features like this truly justify Ubuntu One. Ubuntu One needs more ideas like OneConf to harness its great potential, and distinguish it from the other online storage/file sharing services. Not to mention the value it adds to Ubuntu as a desktop Linux distribution.
Somehow, all this sounds very familiar!
Can’t wait …