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Google Drive Linux Petition Now 10k Signatures Strong, Google Yet to Respond

Google Drive LinuxOver 10,000 people have signed a petition asking Google for a native Linux version of their desktop Drive client.

The petition argues that ‘no [computing] minority should be under represented’.

Desktop clients for Windows and Mac OS X allow users of the Google service to keep their files in sync with their desktops, while mobile clients for Android and iOS give on-the-go access, to uploaded files.

Google are yet to issue a formal response to the petition, either directly or to us.

Packaged Applications

At the time of Google Drive’s launch a Linux desktop client was mooted by the search giant. But since then little else has been heard.

But why? Google’s internal OS, nicknamed ‘Goobuntu’, is based on Ubuntu. Surely their own employees would benefit from a Drive client?

Short of any formal response speculation is all we have. So what’s the hold up?

Ignoring the reasonable concerns over fragmented file-managers, differing APIs between desktops, and a choice of toolkits to build in, the main reason for a delay could be to do with Google Chrome.

Google are making a big deal out of ‘Packaged Apps‘ for Chrome and the features they can offer.

Near-native, these apps are able to look and work like traditional native system apps – despite being written in the same technologies as web apps – thanks to privileged APIs giving access to system hardware.

With a packaged version of Google Music rumoured to be on the way – which is able to ‘watch’ music folders for new music – a packaged version of a Drive client could just meet the needs of Linux users.

Only tIme will tell – but adding more weight to the petition will surely fasten the answer.

Google Drive for Linux Petition

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Google Drive for Linux Petition

Google Drive LinuxWould you be more likely to use Google Drive if there was an official native client available for Linux?

Without needing to employ USA-style surveillance I can wager that ‘yes’ would be the response from many of you.

Hoping to harness this want, a new petition has been launched with the aim of persuading Google to create one.

Wait, isn’t there supposed to be one coming anyway?

Back in April of last year, when Drive was launched, Google assuaged anger from Linux users feeling left out by assuring that a Linux client was on the roadmap.

A year on and that client has yet to materialize  in any shape or form.

Which is slightly puzzling when you realise that many Google employees use an internal OS based on Ubuntu. Surely they’d want Drive functionality, too?

Drive is supported natively on Chrome OS via the File Manager application. Standalone desktop apps for Mac and Windows, as well as mobile apps for Android and iOS, are also available.

Whilst there are handful of third-party solutions around, the most notable being InSync, many of these are in the process of transitioning to a paid model – not ideal.

If you fancy adding your voice to the call for a client, hit the link below. We’ll be sure to update you if we hear anything in the meantime.

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