Join Thousands Of Linux Users Asking Google For Native Drive Client [Updates]

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Imagine 15,000 people, all desperately wanting to use your product – so much so that they take time out of their day to sign a petition. That’s the case for Google: a petition demanding a Linux version of Google Drive is rapidly approaching its goal of 15,000 signatures.

Google Drive is two things: the highly anticipated sync service from the web giant, and the name for the web service once called Google Docs. Linux users can currently use Google’s web products without issue, but not the syncing service – there’s no official client for the open source operating system.

Similar to Dropbox and Microsoft’s Sky Drive, the desktop software syncs documents in a particular folder on the users’ computer to the cloud. This allows users to access their files online, or to sync them between multiple devices. Google offers users of the service 15 GB for file storage (though that storage is split between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos).

It’s this desktop client that Linux users want – and blog OMG Ubuntu reported a Linux version is on the way over a year ago. Sick of waiting, users are signing the petition in the hopes Google – a company where many employees use a variation of Ubuntu at work – can speed the process along. Some expressed displeasure with the search giant not supporting the software their company runs on.

“Come on Google, your whole business runs on Linux,” wrote Euan de Kock, from Australia. “Pay up and support it.”

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It’s not as though Linux users don’t have choice when it comes to cloud syncing: Dropbox has been on available on the platform for years, and Ubuntu comes bundled with its own cloud storage service. But as more than a few petition signers pointed out, Linux and Google have quite a few mutual fans.

“I love Ubuntu and Google,” wrote Tomas Martins, from Portugual.

There’s a reason no petition exists for Skydrive on Linux.

Act now: You too can add your voice to the Linux Google Drive Petition.

So what do you think: will Google give the people what they want? And when it does, will Linux users actually use Google Drive? Or will they, like Windows and Mac users, uninstall the software when they realize they’re not sure what to use it for? Chime away in the comments below.


Image Credit: Penguin photo from The Spheniscus magellanicus at the Cabo Vírgenes Provincial Reserve, in southern Argentina

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Comments (27)
  • steven_c

    linux ninjas and trolls , hi ;)

    1) prism is about tapping the fibre optic cable outside of google and storing everything for later cracking. link “listen and understand” Damien!
    NSL stuff is patriot act BS (not the same thing)

    “the war on terror is over , osama is dead , there will always be idiots with pipe bombs, and handgun spree killers meh”
    democracy will continue when the patriot act is broken by the people.

    2) linux ?
    the issue is one of “adoption vs support”
    (chicken and egg) no one supports linux = no one adopts linux
    the weak link is support* imho

    a standing army of linux activist going after those who dont support linux
    and who claim to do so , or use it “gooubuntu”
    in the media and in the marketing / advocacy / educational areas

    “hi this is intel do you need new hardware”
    “sorry not buying intel next year the lockout linux chip means f*7k off”

    3) july 3 – july 4 (1000) “give it a chance to catch fire” dragonmouth?

    4) insync lol (6 dudes in a shopping mall office in singapore) no thanks

    5) there is no 5 just tl:dr break …

    6) encryption of files before uploading to drive
    “linux users are screwed they cant enrcypt for toffee” (sarc)

    7) donky ? free choice for all , do your own thing :)

    8) when were done , we vote as a democracy about what we do next.
    XMPP OTR LaTeX Picassa (lazza evernote noted*)

    9) linux users are the top 5-10% of intelligent demographic computer users
    (steam gamers coming this way soon)

    10) when we get everything working WorknMan , i hope you donate the money you save from buying new OS’s and stuff, to the charity of your choice.
    ACLU or ORG please ;)

    steven c
    … “and im all outta gum”

  • Lazza

    Honestly, given that Google Drive (and Ubuntu One) don’t provide an alternative to the 30 days backup that Dropbox offers, there is very little choice in terms of cloud sync services, especially if you use the software for something serious like university or work, and not just to sync your MP3s across devices.

    • Justin Pot

      Yeah, the backup is kind of Dropbox’s killer feature, isn’t it?

    • Lazza

      Absolutely. :) I signed the petition anyways, because it’s correct to have a client for Linux. Still, I hope the petition for an Evernote client will be a success, because that is the company constantly claiming to have “cross platform” products, when it should say “cross proprietary platform + android”. Evernote for Linux is much more needed, the open source clients are not at the same level, but that’s another story. :P

    • Alex

      There is Everpad.

    • Lazza

      There is a reason why I wrote «the open source clients are not at the same level» and it’s precisely for Everpad. ;) I used it for a while in order to have a local backup, but it’s feature-lacking, unconvenient and difficult to use it productively so I always reverted to using the web interface for everything. I know NixNote 2 is in the works, but this is not an excuse for Evernote to ignore a paying (well, now for me “former paying”) customer base.

  • Pooky J

    The Linux mascot is not the Chinstrap Penguin however.

  • Mirza

    Like any business Google probably looks at projects return on investment before it develops a product. If ROI for drive on Linux is not high enough than Google would prefer to invest money into a more profitable project.

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