Comment 216 for bug 532633

More than one person is missing the point here, I believe.

Ubuntu is free to use, distribute, and even more important in this case, free to modify. If you dislike the buttons on the left, just use the already mentioned gconf or extra PPA methods. That's it. Of course, you can like Ubuntu's/Canonical's decision on this issue, or you can dislike it; but noone is pointing a gun at your head. This is not how things are done in the free software world. They make a choice, and you can make the opposite choice in your own computer if you prefer.

Personally, I don't like Ubuntu One. And I am not blaming Ubuntu for including it in the default installation; I just uninstall it.