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When will Google Drive come to Linux? arnieswap 7/12/12 1:16 AM

It's been 4-5 months now and still there is no Google Drive client for Linux. I want to ask Google teams is Gdrive client coming to Linux or not? If yes, when. If not, despite Google being a heavy Linux user itself, why not?
Thanks.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? smakked 7/12/12 2:07 AM
Yes. This really must be a priority for Google to get done, so many FOSS users yet we seemed to be overlooked yet again.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? philobyte 7/12/12 3:08 AM
ChromeOS and Android are both Linux... they have support for those... what's the hold up?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Masonicmoron 7/12/12 2:14 PM
Hi

Linux is coming, but as with all updates from Google there is not a time scale for this.

It could be a few weeks or months

Best regards

MM
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? mikkay 7/16/12 10:39 AM
some week or some month? To me it means nothing...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DJDILL 7/17/12 2:48 AM
I love drive on Android and the web version.. but a client for Ubuntu would just rock :-)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager 7/17/12 7:01 AM
Hi everyone - Google Drive for Linux is still in the works. Thanks for following up with us!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ojoavizor 7/17/12 7:18 AM
Ok, but I would say it is the last of your priorities. How many of your others priorities don't have a release date? I just had to move all my  files to Dropbox because you don't give me support in Ubuntu
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Mario Lopez 7/17/12 8:56 PM
I would also like to see a Linux version. +1 :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? joncrel 7/18/12 3:25 AM
I'm pleased to hear it.  At the moment I'm directing my colleagues back to dropbox as it is the only cross platform tool.  I venture to suggest that Drive will fail unless it has a linux client real soon, since many groups of users include some using Linux, and not have Linux support means everyone has to switch to Dropbox (which to be fair is pretty good and stable)...  Think the first 'real soon now' comment was back in April, so its taking too long...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? jrwyatt 7/18/12 3:25 PM
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113819779884554230663/posts/VjjyhcB1Dof


The only thing we can really vote with in society is with dollars, the only thing we can really vote with in the community is adoption! I will not be adopting Drive for any reason when Dropbox has already set the standard.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? jrwyatt 7/18/12 3:27 PM
Placation is a marketing tactic, we're asking when it will be done. Freemium is also a marketing tactic, it's not like you're not going to make money on this. C'mon!
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lee1 7/20/12 11:38 AM
Glad it's a priority. Linux users are early adopters and are influential. They're often approached for computer advice by less technical friends and associates. Keeping one Linux user happy can cause many non-linux users to decide to use a product. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? cpjones44 7/23/12 7:29 PM
I don't understand why there is no Linux client for Drive. I've gone back to using Dropbox to keep my Linux hosts in sync.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? rukanda 7/24/12 10:01 AM
I intended to move from Dropbox to GDrive. I use both Win and Linux. I had to go back to Dropbox and looks like I have to stay as their service is improving in many directions! GDrive is too slow with critical features like multi-platform support!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? srimalik 7/25/12 1:23 AM
I have moved back to dropbox.
The only thing remaining is to change the files in google docs(gsheet etc) format to a PC friendly format(doc/odt).
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? hewbert 7/27/12 8:30 PM
Please hurry.  Something like cloud syncing really needs to be as multi-platform as possible to be practical among geeks.  Geeks are the biggest advocates and advertisers of technologies, and you folks know that.  If Google Drive was already multi-platform, myself and my colleagues would already have adopted it and started recommending it to our users.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ThisIsTom 7/28/12 8:25 AM
So glad to hear that, Teresa! In and of itself, the Linux community isn't large enough to have made this a first priority, obviously, from a business standpoint, but to get it done now is important.

In my case, I run a small business with a total of 15 Windows machines, and Android phones. Google Drive appears to be a perfect fit for us, especially in light of the great Google Docs (Google Apps) integration.

HOWEVER, we have two Linux machines, which need to be in the "sync mix," as well, so as it stands, the only options for us at the moment are Dropbox & Ubuntu One, neither of which has any meaningful Google Docs integration, so we're at a stalemate.

Here at least, are 15 Windows & Android devices unable to use Google Drive yet, simply because their is no Linux client.

And I'm sure we're not alone.

Can't wait to see the Linux client, so we can start signing people up for Google Drive plans!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Cajhne 7/29/12 2:54 PM
Teresa, after Google recently stopped Linux support for Picasa... I'm having issues believing Google cares about Linux. If my "priorities" went un-done for almost half a year after the announcement that it's "coming soon", I'd be fired. Moreover, these guys are beating you to it, and they are doing it in their spare time, for free:
http://www.geek.com/articles/news/grive-a-free-open-source-google-drive-client-has-arrived-on-linux-20120524/

So, either please hire them, or give some sort of a progress indication for the Linux version.
I love a lot of what Google is doing, but can't support things that don't work with my system.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Luc Ippersiel 7/29/12 5:25 PM
I've also been awaiting for an answer to this. I love GDrive (even over some lack of functionality like sync with PIcasa) but many months after launch no sync client nof *nix?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Papa Bear 7/29/12 10:25 PM
Have you seen third-party Insync for Linux?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? drosophyllum 8/5/12 12:29 PM
Shame.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? anavarrog 8/5/12 12:36 PM
It's always the same story ... forgotten forever.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dr.frankinfurter 8/5/12 1:35 PM
"Google Drive for Linux remains a priority for the team."

If it was a priority then it would have been done already. If you're not going to release a client, then just say so. That way, some developers could release a Linux client by themselves. If you just keep saying 'hang tight, we're not actually just lying to you and actually getting work done' then the incentive to use the Google Drive APIs to develop a client - a client like Grive - becomes less strong. Why put work into a Gdrive client when Google is releasing an official client themselves? If you stopped beating around the bush and started being straight with us, then we can actually start on that work ourselves.


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? xrules12 8/6/12 11:59 PM
Hey Teresa,
  if it continues to remain a priority.. then it is not a priority to begin with. It seems it is just an obligation that you want to fulfill. Saddening to see the state where coming soon stays on for months while third party applications can do the job. Shame on Google to neglect Linux User Base. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Tognolo 8/7/12 3:18 AM
C'mon guys, Google Drive is still a free resource, Google have no obligation to develop a Linux version for that. Unfortunately Linux OS is the 1% of the OS scenario. Who use Linux accept to follow the hard way, but there are so many developers that had start to create alternative softwares.
So stop to commiserate Google developers and start to look around. And use Dropbox, it works!

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? British Bear 8/7/12 9:12 AM
I would dearly love to make use of gdrive for myself and my research group since we make use of a fair array of google offering and products already and in fact, initially singed up for several hundred Gb of cloud space. However, the various partially developed ways of access for our research group (which is almost totally linux based and windows phobic) has lead us to a simple and sad conclusion: We can't make this work. Therefore as of last night, I moved us to dropbox. This is a well known scientific group making a cash for value decision. We like google but can't support this cloud service that isn't supporting us. If this feedback helps you get the native linux gdrive application / client going fast, please feel free to use it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Disk1of5 8/7/12 10:10 AM
i'm assuming this will be a open source project..
Would it be possible if Google could create a Google Code Project so the community can at least check on updates with out hassling the forums.. this also gives us the chance to provide feedback and bug tracking.

Thanks!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Cajhne 8/7/12 12:20 PM
If the first step in getting Google Drive working is to install Windows, or buy a Mac, then no, it's not "a free resource".
That's why we're here asking Google to support its roots. Yes, that's right, most of Google runs on Linux machines, and they've been the beneficiaries of the Linux and open source communities from the beginning. Even android is Linux based, so that whole "Linux is only 1% of the entire OS scenario" argument isn't only false, it's downright ignorant. Go do some actual research before spreading nonsense like that. If you're here trying to get converts for Windows and/or Mac, you're on the wrong forum. This is where people who've had enough of Windows and Mac congregate.

No one considers Google "behind the times", and they run vast Linux networks all over the world. So why is it so hard to get a Linux version working? The answer is: it isn't. People are doing it now, for free, in their spare time (see Grive project). Google is doing its self no favours by grandstanding for the Linux community, then failing to deliver on promises.

I do intend to keep using Dropbox. Google Drive can manage my very important shopping list until it grows up and decides to support Linux for real, not just in bogus internet headlines, and wild "I've had too much coffee, so I'm promising things we won't deliver!" outbursts. PS - If Google finally does follow through with this promise, and I see a WINE wrapper... I'm removing Google Drive from my Google account entirely. :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Tognolo 8/7/12 4:19 PM
Il giorno martedì 7 agosto 2012 21:20:05 UTC+2, Cajhne ha scritto:
[...] Even android is Linux based, so that whole "Linux is only 1% of the entire OS scenario" argument isn't only false, it's downright ignorant. Go do some actual research before spreading nonsense like that. If you're here trying to get converts for Windows and/or Mac, you're on the wrong forum. This is where people who've had enough of Windows and Mac congregate. [...]

First of all, I'm using Debian, no Windows, MacOS or any Debian based OS.
Then, I'd like you to watch this: 
Then you will understand that Chrome OS and Android have a kernel based on Linux kernel: this doesn't mean they are Linux OS. And if you ever try to create an Android app, you will discover that they worked on a dedicated Java Virtual Machine.
So if this is a trolling space, I'm really on the wrong forum.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? philobyte 8/8/12 5:14 AM
Linux is a kernel, not an operating system.  The gnu userland isn't Linux.  For example, Debian has the option to run on BSD kernels, in which case you are running Debian without running Linux.
http://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/ )  Chrome OS and Android do not have kernels based on the Linux OS, they have linux kernels.  They are linux.  For example, the link you posted about Chrome indicates they use upstart to manage starting and stopping of subsystems.  Upstart is written by Canonical for Ubuntu, and didn't need to be ported, because Chrome is Linux.   To build applications outside Dalvik on Android, you need to use the native development kit (NDK) http://developer.android.com/tools/sdk/ndk/overview.html.  The userlands on those two operating systems are different from most standard linux distros, but Linux is a kernel.   There are unique patches to Linux for Chrome OS, and the android patches are being gradually brought into the mainline Linux kernel. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/linux-guru-re-merging-of-android-into-kernel-eases-sysdev-a-bit/10635.   So no, they aren't linux based, they're linux, the same way my LG tv is Linux, the same way almost every home router on the planet is Linux, the same way the new Cisco NX product line is Linux... and here is a wikipedia link about market share, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems It has IDC reporting linux market share in server operating systems at 20%, for example, and about 1.7% on desktops.   If you go here http://i.top500.org/stats you will find the market share of Linux in supercomputing is 92.8%.  Desktops are a particular niche which gives a lot of people the wrong idea.  The fact is, in every other computing segment, Linux is either a significant part of the market, or already dominant.

Why should Google care?  Well, they have tens of thousands of internal people using Goobuntu http://www.ubuntuvibes.com/2012/05/how-google-developers-use-ubuntu.html All of those embedded routers etc... provide room for people to do meraki style cloud controlled/configured/enabled devices, and google drive could provide a component for that ecosystem that will surely emerge.  If they want it to be a purely consumer offering, then it doesn't make much sense to port to Linux, because there aren't many consumers there.  otoh, if they are aiming higher, they absolutely should.   What I don't understand is that if they have gdrive for android & chrome... well, heck... they have it for Linux already... it really should not be that big a deal, what is the hold up?


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Hans Boldt 8/11/12 1:59 PM
First, the stats for my personal web page shows 2.6% of visitors using Linux. This web site has little to appeal specifically to Linux users, so the number is probably a better estimate of desktop Linux penetration.

Second, granted, that number is still small. However, Linux users are not casual computer users. We tend to be very knowledgeable about computers in general. Almost certainly much more knowledgeable than the vast majority of Windows users. And within our employers' organizations, we may well be decision makers.

And so a Drive client for Linux may well encourage Drive usage well beyond that 2.6% number. I have worked for companies that use Google products, and I think given a choice, most would definitely prefer using Drive rather than something else, like Dropbox. That is, this is not a market segment to ignore. Google needs to offer up a Drive client for Linux. And soon.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tijmz 8/16/12 4:23 AM
That <1% argument does not apply to collaborative software or, well, it applies way less. As soon as a project team has someone using Linux, Drive is a less interesting solution. For collaborative software you have to consider how many teams have someone using Linux or, even better: how many people work on even just one project that involves a Linux user. Because as soon as I decide to use Dropbox for hobbyist arts and crafts projects because Drive is not working well for Linux people, I am less likely to choose Drive for professional work, too.

This way, the 1% gets enriched - this may be especially true because many projects require a techie, and Linux adoption among techies is >1%. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? baditaflorin 8/16/12 9:46 AM
I want this feature, and not in 10 months, it`s so usefull
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sheehanje 8/17/12 12:53 PM
I'm hoping for an Ubuntu version myself.  I am using Ubuntu One for storage right now, but would definitely like to go up to 100GB for $4.99 ..

Until Google ports Drive to Linux, I won't use the Play store, or buy a Nexus.  Not that I don't like either, just that I'm going to use the service that ports to all my devices -  for now that is Ubuntu One ...
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Cajhne 8/18/12 6:28 PM
Philobyte said it best, but thought that I'd add that no one here believes you're a Debian user, Tognolo. No Linux user from any distribution is going to come on a forum like this and say "C'mon guys, you don't need a Linux version of this! It's Free!" Also, Java isn't an OS either, it's a programming language/interpreter, which executes bytecode on a virtual machine. If you're saying that it's not Linux because it runs Java programs, you should go back and re-read all the stuff you originally miss-read (or assumed) elsewhere on the internet. If you're looking for an OS that runs on Java, Oracle ate the only open source version of Solaris a few years back, and has been systematically destroying its user base by trying to profit off of things that Sun Micro Systems gave away for free. Luckily they lost their lawsuit with Google over the use of Java in Android recently. FYI 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? The Immortal Moo 8/19/12 1:38 PM
Thanks for Lettings us know  :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? .Jazz 8/19/12 3:56 PM
Agreed, Google is being a little slack here.  Linux users are usually decision makers/influence-rs so it's a bit silly to leave us out in the cold.  I know for one that I won't be raving about GDrive until I can use it myself, and I have a company full of people that listen to my suggestions.

That being said, I've found a fairly decent linux client called Insync.  Runs quite nicely so far, but I'm still testing it before I start thinking about offering it to my staff as a solution.

Here's the article from OMG! Ubuntu!: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/08/insync-brings-google-drive-to-ubuntu


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ShaeSays 8/21/12 7:38 AM
Agreed. I could also use a Linux version.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? eestrada 8/21/12 11:00 AM
Agreed. I would also add that this can have a multi-level effect. I am an long time Linux user and many of my choices in software and hardware are based on whether there is Linux support available. My wife trusts my opinion when it comes to technical matters. Then when her friends and family (who are even less tech savvy) ask her questions, she often just passes on the same information I give her. I wouldn't doubt that this cycle continues so long as those people are satisfied with the suggested software (this is the reason that my wife is a huge evangelist of Gmail and all things Google).
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? eestrada 8/21/12 11:17 AM
I think the biggest problem isn't the lack of the client (although that is a big one); I think the real issue is feeling we are all in the dark. I understand if all of the code can't be open sourced (e.g. Chromium vs. Chrome), but if we could have some indication of where the progress is on the state of things, all us Linux users would feel a lot less dissed. Also, if part/all of it was open source, part of the work of creating a client could be handled by members of the community. Then full time Google employees can put more of their focus on things that can't be open sourced. I see little reason for this to be closed source; the money to be made here is in the storage upgrades of the cloud service itself, not the client.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Cajhne 8/21/12 2:13 PM
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/08/insync-brings-google-drive-to-ubuntu
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? arnieswap 8/21/12 2:27 PM
@cajhnel: we are talking about Google Drive for Linux here, not some third party tools which I can't trust with my data.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dashesy 8/21/12 4:55 PM
I will buy a pro account (and switch from dropbox) the moment there is a Linux client version.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? google at michaelcole.com 8/22/12 11:57 AM
Bummer.  Just like G+ for Google Apps.  Never forget! :-p

Mike
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? frager1 8/22/12 1:21 PM
I agree with this.  Currently I use dropbox (easy), spideroak (better security), ubuntu one (nicely integrated) and have tried owncloud (not easy).  The price point of Drive is good enough that I'd consolidate all of them when they come out with a linux sync client.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? chipz88 8/22/12 6:00 PM
It is clearly not a priority.  Have you ever heard the expression "actions speak louder than words?"  No release means it's not a priority.  There are now multiple open source solutions that have been developed after drive was released.  If it were a priority, Google would have had this ready to go before drive was released.

Not only has Google shunned the linux community by not releasing a client, the Windows client has glaring issues that make it unusable.  You know, the lack of bandwidth throttling that makes meager connections unusable while Drive is running.  Oh, and the fact that dropping a gig of files into the sync drive will result in the client chewing through multiple gigs of bandwidth, yet claim it is only 25% complete.

Did Google forget to but the beta tag on this one?  Or did they put no tag on it at all because they were too ashamed to admit it's really still alpha?  I think Google rushed a product to market that wasn't ready so they would have something to compete with iCloud.  What they actually accomplished was to show their loyal users that all they care about is competing with Apple.  I am so disgusted with my experiences with Google lately that I don't care if they ever release a linux client - I don't want it anymore.  I put my money where my mouth is and I'll do so by supporting a company that can do things right.

Shame on you, Google.  Get your $#!* together.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Papa Bear 8/24/12 12:07 AM
Curious, can you use Chrome Remote Desktop BETA https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? johnwchadwick 8/25/12 12:26 AM
Honestly when I first heard Google Drive was coming I was sure it would be a better tool than the competitors, but this is really kind of crap. It's the same thing every time with Linux support for everything; nobody will just be honest.

If you have so many resources over at Google, why are you trying to have your cake and eat it too? There already exist (poor quality) FUSE drivers for Google Drive, I sincerely doubt in the time Google Drive was first conceived to this very moment there was simply not enough time to design and develop a Linux client for Drive, and yet there was simply plenty of time to do it on every other platform. What is going on? Is someone waiting to see that Google Drive is enough of a success to warrant a Linux client before actually developing one?

And the sad thing is, all of our talk might as well be piped into /dev/null. The next time a representative replies, if there is a next time, will be the same boilerplate crap where everyone is lead on that the software is a "high priority," which of course has the credibility of a 419 scam e-mail. To make matters worse, those of us coming from other cloud storage tools are at Google's mercy because we know that Google Drive has the capability to out-do them. The question is, will it even matter by the time we get to use it?

Congratulations on releasing Google Drive for Windows and Android, Google. Let me know when you release the rest.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ohforfs 8/25/12 12:13 PM
The reason is simple. Ubuntu with Google Drive (=docs) competes directly with Google Chromebook.

This is why they are dragging their feet and pretending it's coming soon. The suits have told them not to release it while they are trying to push Chromebook. And they would also be upsetting their partners (i.e. Samsung) by releasing it.

There was a time when Goole was "Do no evil" but these days it's harder and harder to get an honest answer on anything. As many people have pointed out, if they had wanted it done, it would be done. It's not a difficult piece of software. Why not just tell us "The suits say we can't do it as it will make a competing platform for Chromebook"?

I think most of all people just hate being strung along much more than bad news. I know I do.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? McVoiceX 8/26/12 9:57 AM
Windows is more chaotic. Linux is the operating system of the future. More and more people worldwide are using Linux. Google has created Android and ChromeOS, but it provides for Linux systems too little tools ...! This is sad!

Windows wird immer chaotischer. Linux ist das Betriebssystem der Zukunft. Immer mehr Menschen weltweit verwenden Linux. Google hat ChromeOS geschaffen und Android, aber es liefert für Linux-Systeme zu wenig Tools...! Das ist traurig!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ohforfs 8/26/12 3:17 PM
I love Linux! I have many linux devices - my problem is that I wish google would just talk to us straight ;)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? frager1 8/27/12 10:23 AM
FYI google. I just signed a 1 year deal with spideroak.  Try me again in the future if you think you're ready to compete.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Daniel NZ 8/28/12 9:22 PM
Adding a request for a linux client here!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? westerj 8/29/12 11:31 AM
Hey Gpeople,

Please help us understand why there is no client for Picasa or GDrive that will work with our primary OS of choice, Linux.

We all have family members ( most have substantial numbers of unrelated friends too! ) and tend to lead that group in such Tech areas.

Sometimes, we pick Llinux for our home systems.  That is not negotiable.  Dont bully us.

All we are saying is that we'd be happy to push for you, if you'd help us out.

Why would we drag our friends to a platform that doesn't even support us?  OK, maybe we can run Chrome. No problem, its just a browser.

Recently, I went on a wild 50th birthday trip with Wifey and brought back GB's of pics from the great state of Alaska.  I am having problems posting and sharing.  Both G and I look like fools when they visit. Is this really what you want?

We are legion. We will pulll for you platform. Support us, or we will find a better match.

Thanks - John W.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? holandes 8/30/12 3:00 AM
Simply put Google, you are loosing money by not having a Linux drive client, and you do each day it passes. I know they know this, so it's a matter of time to have the client for our favorite OS. We are patient but please hurry guys!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? brealorg 8/30/12 3:15 AM
Can we at leaste get a ETA?



This is backwards retarded!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ThisIsTom 8/30/12 8:02 AM
Thought this was an interesting article in ZDNet, about how Google itself is standardized on Ubuntu desktop internally, so either they're not using Google Drive, themselves, or they've just chosen to not share it with the rest of us: http://goo.gl/kHH9u

Great quote in the last paragraph, from Thomas Bushnell of Google, "You'd be a fool to use anything but Linux.”

Then...? Mmmm....? What are we missing here, Google?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sgrayban 8/30/12 3:41 PM
I have left Google drive for Dropbox instead.

Google you are only hurting yourself... at least I know now that linux users are not important to you.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Mark Nealon 9/1/12 4:29 PM
Dear Google,
Please give us an update.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? brealorg 9/1/12 4:42 PM
You got a point there sir.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? numbrain 9/2/12 10:34 AM
couldn't you just release the source code that you used for the android version so we can compile our own clients?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? NevynH 9/3/12 1:13 AM
I find myself suspicious. Porting to Linux would be trivial compared to porting to Windows or MacOS X. In which case, has Google purposely dropped Linux support as a priority due to ChromeOS. From my point of view, ChromeOS's biggest competition is a standard Linux desktop.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? geertj 9/3/12 7:37 AM
*bump*.. Google, we are waiting for this!
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Rene Raggl 9/3/12 2:41 PM
That's another +1 from the Netherlands! Would love to see this coming soon, as it would make my work setup perfect!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Michele1 9/4/12 9:11 AM
Hello Teresa,

I'll leave some quick consideration, in line with what already wrote, just in case it can be helpful for your statistic to set the priority according with your business.

I'm also using a linux OS (Ubuntu) and (mainly) Ubuntu one and Dropbox as remote drives. I'll be for sure one of the paying user of google Drive up to 50/100 GB but so far I'm keep using the mentioned solution until linux version of Google drive would be released.

In addition to that, I would also suggest to add the proxy automatic (proxy.pac script) authentication not jet available even on Google Drive windows version.

Last suggestion: 
Let the users (us) know if there's anything we can do to drive or speed up the decision to develope the linux version of Google Drive. 

Thanks a lot

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? LuBob 9/5/12 12:53 AM
I am sure it is a priority for the team. A quick look at the calender does provide me with the impression that on a scale of 1 to 10 it must be 0.

Sad indeed as I  switch from DropBox the same day you make Drive avalable for Linux.


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Klox 9/5/12 6:45 PM
+1, I think Google Drive has a lot of potential and I would love to integrate it better in my workflow. I need Linux for that! Keep up the fantastic work.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Stone Peng 9/5/12 6:54 PM
+1,  I need Linux for that! Keep up the fantastic work. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? chibi consulting 9/6/12 8:27 AM
How is it that both Dropbox and Ubuntu One can have native Linux clients in addition to all of the others they support while Google; with more Linux programmers on staff than both of the other companies combined, is not able to put a basic Linux client together for Google Drive?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sbbg 9/6/12 7:39 PM
Where is the native client now? Can't we, at least, have a beta/preview/what-so-ever version
 or something?
Many Linux users have good background to feedback good bug report if there are bugs left.

I was exceptionally embarrassed when my friends asking "Why Google uses Linux so much,
but they keep dropping support for Linux."  
You guys drop Picasa for Linux, never release SketchUp for Linux, and now this.
You can't blame those people questioning you, you know?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? srimalik 9/6/12 8:10 PM
You might want to try otixo (otixo.com)
This can integrate many cloud storage services (drive, dropbox, s3, skydrive etc.).
It also provides webdav interface and you will see all your services in a single view. I use a fuse webdav client and see all my data from 4 services in a single directory and can move it around from one backend to other very easily. The only issue is limited bandwidth which can be increased by referrals, so, if you plan to use please use this link

https://app.otixo.com/login.jsp#register/invite/82ac61af-c95f-4984-b0a2-cd1f533623cc

:-)

-Sri

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Math. 9/7/12 8:59 AM
Well, I'm using grive at the moment, and it works very well.
Though I'm sharing the same directory with Windows(multiboot), so when I sync in Windows again, it's also uploading the .grive files.

Maybe if I just leave the .grive files synced, or find a way to exclude them in Windows it should be all fine.
But it feels better, or more trusted if I was just using Google's original software.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Crynix 9/9/12 1:08 AM
I feel like Grive's syncing algorithm isn't very efficient. It seems to take quite a while for it to actually upload new files. I've been using InSync. It's usually great. However, it has a bad habit of leaving .doc files everywhere whenever I make any changes with the web client, which is very annoying. Google really needs to release an official client for Linux.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Papa_Thiele 9/10/12 7:59 AM
Just another Ubuntu user waiting for G Drive to come our way.  I would love to have a drag and drop folder like in Winders.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? thinux 9/10/12 2:52 PM
I also have to use Dropbox  and am at the point of giving up on Gdrive. Surely if Dropbox did it then why is gdrive so slow in doing it????
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Egon H. 9/10/12 6:57 PM
Google created the Goobuntu!!

So, that is the question... If they are using Ubuntu to work, I think that they are not using Google Drive!!


Google, tell us a position about it, please! We need to know something... even the launch date is good to know!!

look for us
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 9/10/12 10:34 PM
You know, saying its still a "priority" months later seems to me like you guys are giving a nice big middle finger to us. "I told them it was a "priority", "snicker" a low priority hahaha". I'm sure it was a priority for Dropbox and Box.net too, and they got it done. And, they have no where near the resources Google does. Given Google's lack of love for Linux (such as this and Piccasa) while at the same time profiting off Linux (Android, Chromebooks) its hard not to be pissed as hell at Google. And thus a Google devotee moves ever closer to viewing Google as just another Microsoft. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 9/10/12 10:38 PM
Exactly, if cross platform support was a true priority how is it possible for the startup Dropbox (among others) to pull it off when it apparently takes the mega-giant Google half a year to do (or more, I predict a release shortly before GDrive's one year anniversary). Either Dropbox employs some coding wizards or when Google say's Linux is "a priority" they mean "a loooooow priority". 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? MrCalvin 9/10/12 11:19 PM
Exactly. This is so frustrating. I have a PC, but I use the Linux computers at my university's engineering computer labs. I don't know what priority it is for Google, but Google surely considers it a lot less important than I do.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? kabotage 9/10/12 11:37 PM
"Google Drive is made possible by open source software." And they forgot about Linux. What about us?




Meanwhile in china....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ambert Xie 9/11/12 7:36 AM
Hey guys, while we are waiting for the official client you might want to take at Insync. It's syncing my Drive files on my google apps account to my laptop running Fedora 17 KDE and it's working like a charm. It's still in beta but I have not had any issues so far.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Dylan Lindgren 9/11/12 11:31 PM
It's not free. I'm paying $4.99 per month (on the 100gb plan). It might be free for some, but I'm paying money for this service.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? TraceyR+ 9/12/12 2:13 AM
It looked like Linux was not a possibility...but I found a work around.

After giving up waiting, and figuring out how to do it myself, using this as a guide to getting google drive working under Linux. 

This is not an excuse for Google not releasing a Linux version, after all, Android is based on Linux
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Linuxuseres 9/12/12 8:02 AM
sorry for my English. (im spanish)
Google im a big a fan of you and your products, and too a great linux lover, Please give us support for your products and a Gdrive client soon, if not, sadly, i will came to dropbox, and i don want it. You same use linux for your servers, and a half of your 20,000 workers use a linux distribution bassed on ubuntu. Why do you do that?

Please Google listen us!!!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? onionz 9/12/12 1:13 PM
I can't believe how bad of an attitude people have about this, especially since Google is providing you with the best cloud services on the planet for free.  For those like me who purchased upgraded storage, I didn't see anywhere of Google promising a timeframe for Linux support at the time.  If you think it is so easy, perhaps you should start writing code for your own cloud services, or buy iDevices and use iCloud.

I am thankful for Google to take their time and test Drive for Linux until they see it is fit for release.

Thanks Google, love you!

XOXO
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? stperson 9/12/12 6:09 PM
What Google should do for now is at least support ssh or specifically sshfs so that Linux users can mount their Google drive as a network drive.  That would be just as good as any client they could possibly come up with.  All we'd have to do then is script it so that the drive gets mounted every time we boot.  I'd think every flavor of Linux on the face of the planet supports sshfs.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Arthurdent3 9/13/12 11:30 PM
Some people actually pay for the storage space. Your argument is valid for the people using the default free space.
I want to purchase more space but if no Linux client shows up soon I will be looking elsewhere to spend my money. 
The point people are making is that Google consistently lags in Linux development while they have profited very much on Linux. They even use it internally on their desktops. 
I think Google could do better at keeping people informed on the status, if any on a GDrive for Linux on a more consistent basis. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 9/14/12 12:17 AM
You are absolutely right. you clearly articulated everything, google refuses to support linux on a number of fronts, personally I am paying for the extra space (bought before gdrive), and google not only uses linux within their company but profits from the hard work of others through their products.
 
Given that every other cloud storage enterprise offers linux support, and that google had more resources than any of those, wouldn't it be reasonable for us to expect support, or st the vary least some estimate as to when there will be support?

Linux built the foundation for many google products. Our community did that. Given how much we've given to google the least google could give back is to treat us as equals with the rest of the market.

But they don't. We are second class users. Google doesn't even bother to give us a rough time estimate. Just, we are a priory. Well I just got yet another android (linux) update which I can't use because there is no official support for my pc. So, google, where are your

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 9/14/12 12:24 AM
I, for one, am done. Ubuntu one gets all my money from now on. Screw any company that is going to dick me over for this long.

Google, you are a greedy corporation. I have no more trust in you to protect internet users than I do with microsoft or apple. this attitude does not come from your lack of linux gdrive support alone, but your whole posture toward linux. I will always regard you with suspicion

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DerBunteHaufen 9/14/12 1:24 AM
würde das auch  toll finden,  gab/gibt ja auch clients für Picasa und  Earth z.b.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? phelyks 9/14/12 2:23 AM
why should i use google drive when i cannot use it on linux? dropbox can do it, you cannot.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? nazgul17 9/14/12 9:54 AM
+1 ! I would like to replace Dropbox in my operative system (Kubuntu) but I can't since there's no Linux version. Please, let us know your schedule or an approximation of it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? randiroo76073 9/14/12 10:07 AM
I don't think they're even working on a linux client, just like we're nothing but second hand trash...Linux, oh yea, we'll get to it in a year or two...Hah!
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? secipolla 9/16/12 5:43 AM
Of course Google will release Drive for Linux as they'll be discontinuing Docs (that's how I came here anyway).
For me it came in a good time as I'm upgrading my connection from 1Mb to 35Mb.

I don't think they're delaying this because of Chromebook. Like why would I get a laptop with ChromeOS? As good as it may be, a majority of the people are reluctant to start with in relying solely on Google (or any company) for their computer activity.
But using Google Drive we can gradually get used to it and then we can be more secure on what it means to use ChromeOS.
And while I would never use Windows (I have some responsibility standards in my life) I would use ChromeOS. Drive may get us used to it.

It's also a psychological process but that's how it works.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? L.Percival 9/17/12 11:05 PM
Well ... google involuntarily moved me from "docs" to "drive" and now my linux hack no longer works.

I guess I'm just going to have to buy some more Dropbox space.  Google.  Seriously?  Either move me back, so I can get some semblance of work done, or come out with the Linux client, already.  Or, heck, hire me (or any of the other good programmers here) to write it for you.  The amount of cash you will get from people using more than the 5-gig space will offset their salary.  Heck, some of the programmers here would probably work for half the revenue generated by everyone who connects and pays for Google Docs via linux, for, say the first two years.  That should be enough to retire on.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 9/18/12 2:21 AM
Let's face it - there is NOT going to be a Linux client for Drive. We have two options: either use grive (which is not quite comfortable yet) or stick with Dropbox. I've chosen the second option. The conclusion for us - Linux users is clear: you are not going to get much support from Google.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? BigCage 9/18/12 11:41 AM
** Begin Rant **

Fuppin Hell Google! Get the fuppin finger out!
If you don't want us Linux-y peoples using your product (as is obviously the case with a certain photo manager app - not mentioning any names), just man up, grow a pair, look us straight in our squinty, spectacled eyes and tell us to fupp off!!
This horse excrement reply of "it's coming soon" is fine, as long as it's soon. At least give us a timeline of some sort, this year, next year, never?
Oh and while I'm ranting - don't fupping dare insult us with a 'for Linux' release that uses WINE!!

** End Rant **
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Bruce Wagner 9/18/12 10:53 PM
I agree.  Google uses Linux extensively internally.  Why in the world would they not offer a Linux version of Google Drive.  Dropbox has offered this for years now.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Timo Reimerdes 9/19/12 10:54 PM
I would also emphasise the need for a linux client, not because there are so many native-full-time-linux-users, but because of the hundreds of thousands "sometimes linux users". After all, that's what this online-storage-thing is all about, no? Getting your stuff in the most usefull manner possible ANYWHERE.

So my range of required workiness would be: I work on Win7, play on Win8 (and wine), use linux (elementary OS) at home, ubuntu-server as home server, ubuntu-desktop for my parents, android on my phone, osx on testing machines, iOS on my girlfriends iPhone... *shrugs* right now, dropbox wins.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ramsv 9/21/12 10:02 PM
And when they are supposed to be available a version for Linux? if it is already developing an approximate date would be easy to give.
I am a user of Google products and Linux too, I think it's disappointing from part of Google that they created a client for micro$oft and not for Linux, it's time to give us some respect.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dshng 9/24/12 7:53 AM
+1 for linux ....
Where is it? When is it?
If it's really a priority why is there only one reply from Google regarding the status?

No one is *actually* reading these group posts is my hypothesis.


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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? oytuneren sengul 9/24/12 9:43 AM
Are you guys still believes Google is real Linux lover? They're just using it internally, which fits just for their benefits, use the name of Linux on Android, just for striving to bring open source developers to their platform and use the clean name of Linux name for security but everybody knows it's not! (I mean Android about security)...

At the end of the day, they just use Linux name without any main functions. Open source, GNU, freedom...

There is no any REAL open source products from Google and of course no Google Drive!

Linux developers and fans, please stop supporting Google for Linux/open source. 

Microsoft gone Google come.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ine - Support 9/24/12 1:18 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks for expressing an interest in Google Drive!

Our engineers are currently working hard to provide Linux users with Google Drive. We hope to have it up and running soon!

In the meantime you can access your files using Google Drive on the web.

Cheers
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ibustama 9/24/12 1:36 PM
Hey Papa Bear, thanks for pointing out the existence InSync. I'm trying it out right now, seems to work quite well. Hopefully one day Google will release an official client for drive...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? zeeeee 9/25/12 11:38 AM
after reading this thread i wasn't planning on replying. it just seems like a lot of the same old same old.

that being said, this response from ine is really poor. post after post with complaints about being told only 'soon'. finally a google representative responds to the thread with <prof farnsworth>'good news everyone! it's coming soon!'</prof> it just proves that ine didn't read the thread.

i'm commenting here to hopefully catch someone's eye at google. you folks make a lot of really great tools. the one thing however that you utterly fail at is communicating with your users. i cite this thread as proof.

as someone else in the thread already said, help set our expectations. ff you're not going to do it, come here and say so. if it's going to take 2 years, come here and say it will take 3 years. at least the folks here won't be wondering what 'soon' means. is soon a day, a month? two months isn't 'soon' in my book, but i suspect that 6 or 8 months falls under 'soon' in yours.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 9/25/12 12:31 PM

It is in Google’s best interest to get Drive working on their main supported platforms, Windows, Mac and Chrome OS.  Drive is a free service – you are only paying for additional space to use with that service.  Ultimately we are the product as our usage habits, search results and interactions ultimately feed the Google ecosystem.  If you are OK with that, and honestly the alarms aren’t sounding off for me, then understand that as a *nix user you are fairly low on the food chain.  This isn’t necessarily a terrible thing.  Google has brought their other offerings to Linux via WINE and while we would all appreciate a native offering this is going to be the best we have until someone makes an unofficial client Google sees potential in and the developer(s) are bought out and merged into the company somehow. 

This is what I see happening – In 2013 Google releases plans to offer Chrome OS on supported desktops.  Since Chrome OS is cloud dependent, the offline offering has to be compelling enough for people to invest their time and effort.  Offline Google Docs, Email, and Calendar – it will all be there.  Support for mounting and writing to the local HDD is also important.  The difference is that on the full-fledged desktop or laptop you aren’t dealing with 100GB or even 250GB of storage.  This is often replaced with 1TB drives.  To handle that much traffic per user requires a lot of work on their end.  This is why the cloud is being developed and devices like the Chromebook are being pushed.  The Chromebox is the next evolution in the process, and beyond that the traditional desktop is the next logical step. 

Why should Google offer their service to the Linux platform without protecting their intellectual property, controlling growth of the platform and minimizing the risk of failure?  I won’t Google Drive on Linux.  I personally want to move away from Dropbox and keep my info with Google who I have personally known to provide great customer service.  Yeah, that Google.  But, I have to respect how they decide to rollout services to market.  We all should. Drive is potentially the Christmas gift we know is coming, but we are twiddling our thumbs on Christmas Eve and the minutes seem like hours and the hours like days.  It can’t happen soon enough.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? freaky2000 9/26/12 12:55 AM
Hi Teresa,

like many already said, please stop talking trash. When drive came out in *MAY* Google said a linux client would come soon. Unless you're a planet, star or the galaxy itself 4-5 months is nowhere near "soon". And it's not 4-5 months, cause it still ain't here, there's still no timeline, there's still no proof or anything else to back up your statements what so ever.

All we get is a bunch of BS. Then again, maybe the joke is on us. We should just stop trusting Google and recognize the BS it spreads. It's not like it's the first time after all. Not by a long shot.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 9/26/12 1:39 AM

Why should Google offer their service to the Linux platform without protecting their intellectual property, controlling growth of the platform and minimizing the risk of failure? 

 

Well I am doing some development work in a small group.  The whole team was very excited when I suggested Google Drive and had it installed on everyone's computer. I was ready to pay for the extra space, when, oops, the one linux user (myself :) ) in our group cannot access it from his desktop.  Ah well, never mind, we will all use Dropbox, it is a really fine piece of software that never gave me any problems till now.

PS I used to be a Google evangelist, but I stopped a while back when I got some concerns about privacy and Google, which I still have.  In fact I stopped using many Google services and this was really a exercise in getting back onto Google.  I did not like having to open my firewall and my browser for this exercise but, hey,  I don't need to anymore, everyone is now going to Dropbox which will be marginally more expensive but will work the way it ought to.

Google, you failed again with me.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 9/26/12 3:35 AM
We have a shop with mixed Mac, Windows, and Linux users.  We have to continue using Dropbox until Drive is supported on all three platforms.  Very much looking forward to giving it a go when the Linux version is ready.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? wslfung 9/26/12 3:31 PM
Out of the 115 messages I read thru, 2 were from Google employees telling us absolutely dick.  This is very disappointing and sickening.  Half a year, they can't produce a client?  really?  engineer(s) working on it?? It'd be done by now if at least one person is working on it.  Sick!!!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gavin Stilgoe 9/26/12 4:04 PM
Good job we have Dropbox   Cmon Google lift your game 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Benny_H 9/29/12 1:24 AM
I love Google, and it's services, but come on Google, your products like android and chrome OS, and your Data centres, for goodness sake, are all based on Linux. It can't be that hard to make a Linux Client from G Drive. Please! Otherwise I'll just have to move back to Windows...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Simon Rodan 9/29/12 4:28 PM
Dear Ina

Thank you so much for taking the time to post an update.

I'd concur with many of the comments in this forum. I use Dropbox which works seamlessly across the three platforms I use, Linux, Mac and Windows and I'm very happy with it. The motivation for wanting a Linux version of Google drive is because the university uses Google docs and accessing my documents from my Linux machine at home would be helpful.  

That being said, there appear (at least for me) to be "issues" with the current Mac implementation - none of the folders that were created in the web interface, and which appear in GDrive in Windows, have synced on my Mac; so all I see are the files in the top level directory. That's a bit of a problem since for me, directory structure / organization is key to filing and retrieving stuff; (perhaps I'm just old fashioned). 

It would however be useful if you could be a little more specific; for example is there a target launch date and if so when is it)?

Sincerely

Simon Rodan
 

    
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Simon Rodan 9/29/12 4:33 PM
Dear Ina

My apologies - I forgot another question it would be nice to have an answer to. You wrote: "Our engineers are currently working hard to provide Linux users with Google Drive."

Just out of curiosity, "How many engineers"? and "
How much of their (his/her if n<2) time is devoted to this endeavour"?

Looking forward to your answer.

Sincerely

Simon Rodan
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? hnaparst 9/30/12 3:12 AM
Google Drive has the most complete feature set, is more reliable, and is faster than Dropbox or Wuala, which I had been using.   It is terrific to hear that Google is planning even to support Linux, which commands less than 1% of the desktop market.  This shows how committed Google is to Drive.


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? mormolis 9/30/12 8:21 PM
I like how people demand. Ask for your money back!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ian Mackintosh 9/30/12 9:49 PM
+1 from me for a Linux client. I'm a paid Dropbox user and would make the switch but I simply don't use Mac or Microsoft at home. I use Linux, mostly Ubuntu of Debian.

As for the, 'hey we don;t give timelines' gag. That sucks, Google relies heavily on its community and on opensource platforms and users to do their heavy lifting. It is usually a very good corporate citizen when it comes to supporting these groups and opensource projects.

An indication of when we can expect to see a Linux client would be fantastic. Engage with the community, many folks (including me) will stick something in their diary and test the client when it comes out. If it gets delayed we'll understand. 

Whatho,
Mack
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Snyper68 10/1/12 5:03 AM
I must disagree to that. Linux has a 1-percent-marketshare in the desktop market by revenue. Given the nature of open source that figure does not represent the installed base at all.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Matthew Ohlmeyer 10/5/12 3:37 PM
I just want you guys to know, that paying customers are looking for the Linux version as well.  I'm looking to buy 200GB of online syncable storage that supports both Windows and Linux.
I'm trying another service for the next 3 months, and I really really hope you guys can get a world class client out in that time.

I have a feeling Google's Drive is going to be the best solution out there, but if it doesn't come in time, I'll end up signing on with someone else for a year.

Please do what you can to get it to us sooner than later, and as an FYI, I'd be glad to beta for you.

Thanks
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? davide.gironi 10/6/12 2:17 AM
+1 for linux google drive
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pavel Solakhyan 10/8/12 4:26 AM
Hi everyone!
Some people say that Google Drive works with Linux+Chrome, but I have a problem.
I have OpenSUSE 11.4 (64 bit) and Chrome 17.0.963.46.
I got a link to shared gantter file. Tried to add an extension to Chrome - "There was a problem adding the item to Chrome. Please refresh the page and try again".
Then I added gantter extension from my Windows XP. Now when I try to open that file (from both Linux and XP), I get:

Server Error in '/' Application.

Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: Authenticator

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code. 

Exception Details: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: Authenticator


What can be the reason? And what are the alternatives to use the file.
Thanks in advance.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Sven Hartvig 10/8/12 6:40 AM
I, too, wonder why Google is so slow in this matter. 

Very annoying, just as the policy change that installation of plug-ins must go through Web Store - it is almost as ridicilous as the old Apple policy that all programs had to be validated by Apple, otherwise they would not work 

- it is, without question, a step backward.

Also - a direct link to Google support, without all the running around should be preferable.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Sven Hartvig 10/8/12 6:51 AM
But hey? Chrome OS? Yet another OS on the "market" It has bee tried numerous times, with at best marginal success.

Why on earth not just get Drive to work on Linux, stop all the grand plans about a new OS, and start responding to "customer" questions?

Sadly, Microsoft has a far better and more efficient support system than Google, and in the end, the lack of proper support will canalize itself from the private, free customers to the companies they work for, and what then Google?

That Google ported Drive through Wine says nothing - having to start an OS within an OS never was a good idea, and Wine, even though greatly improved over the years, is still an "emergency solution" for those with Windows-specific programs, that have no equivalent in the Linux World - yet!.

More and more software companies recognize the boom of Linux due to greater stability and far greater performance than Windows, and are reacting accordingly by launching program versions for Linux, free or against a fee.

So maybe Google should get the (imaginary) finger out?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ine - Support 10/8/12 3:19 PM
Hi there,

Thanks for posting and for expressing an interest in Google Drive.


Our engineers are currently working hard to provide Linux users with Google Drive. We hope to have it up and running soon!

Meanwhile you can access your files using Google Drive on the web. Also I just wanted to let you know about some new App integrations in Drive. App integration will help you get more out of photos, videos, and much more on Drive on the Web.

Cheers,
Ine
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? chibi consulting 10/8/12 3:38 PM
Ine, thanks for recommending Chrome;{yet another !@#$ web interface!} however, we have all been patiently waiting for a Linux client and have heard the hardly working on Linux line for several months now.  Does anyone have a real ETA on when we can finally drop Windows and stick with Linux completely?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? NevynH 10/9/12 10:15 PM
I've been eagerly awaiting a client since Google Drive was a twinkle in someone's eye (I tend to find out about these things early). I work on a project supporting a little over 1,400 Linux machines within school environments. I can't express the frustration I'm experiencing with this situation.

The more interesting bit for me: Given that Android and ChromeOS are both based on Linux, and both of those products have a Google Drive client, surely porting it to a different widget set(s) (gtk/qt) is trivial. You have to wonder. Given that Google have quietly started the browser wars all over again, are they also drawing a line in the sand around OSes?

Having someone from "Support" occasionally tell us "it's coming soon" really isn't helping. It's been coming soon since this thread got started - July (4-5 months after Drives was rolled out).

Google, what is the problem really?! You could opensource the development if you really can't solve it....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Percival Lucena 10/10/12 7:45 AM
It is hard to say how many Linux users are out there. But it is quite common on developers and techs in Brazil for many many years. 

I know the Google Drive API is open and we have alt clients like grive and insync. But both solutions are not as good as Dropbox "which just works". It takes some amount of time and resources to create a decent Linux client. I hope Google to do it. And do it very soon.

IMHO, I  think it  makes much more sense to Google Developers to move to Linux too. I know some teams run ubuntu. But when I see the Google presentations where the developers use their Macs to code and show the latest versions of their products I get puzzled about that. Isn't Apple the company that is moving all those actions against Google?  Why support Apple?  Why not to show Linux distros some love, after all Android only exists because of the Linux Kernel. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 10/11/12 3:15 PM
I use Dropbox every single day. Because of that, when I write applications that need to store data, I use Dropbox's API to do it. I use Dropbox because it runs on Linux. I don't have a Windows computer, and I certainly don't have a Mac. Sure, Google Drive has a web UI, but that's irrelevant when I'm not connected to the internet. I spend nearly 4 hours every day without an internet connection. I can't just stop working for 4 hours. I will never have a use for Google Drive unless there's a Linux client that syncs my data for offline use. I would say "until," but it's been half a year since I was promised a Linux client "soon." As has been mentioned previously, if I hired someone to write me some software that has already been done by other people, and they didn't have any progress to show me after six months, I'd fire them.

In fact, I'd even be okay if you did insult us with a WINE wrapper. At least it would be something. Right now, Dropbox and Ubuntu One are pretty much the only options for Linux users. If you ever want to compete with Dropbox, a native Linux client is a must.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Дмитрий Постоленко 10/12/12 2:01 AM
+1
Waiting for linux Google Drive app. The cloud service must be crossplatform. Otherwise there is no sense to use it. I have lots of info and pay for storage, but i just need linux support.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? munzerelli 10/15/12 6:09 AM
COME ON GOOGLE! PLEASE!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ine - Support 10/16/12 11:32 AM
Hi everyone! 

We truly appreciate you interest in Google Drive for Linux! 

Unfortunately there's nothing new to announce at this time and we don't currently have an ETA. 

Keep an eye on the Drive blog to stay updated on news.

Cheers,
Ine
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Rodrigo Souza 10/17/12 2:18 PM
I love Google, but come on, 6 months?
I give up, Dropbox is the answer to all my needs. Not sure if i ever will use Google Drive 4 Linux... 
It's a shame...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Tom Gillwald 10/18/12 6:56 PM
I am surprised that Google has not produced a Gdrive that is available for Linux users. There have been companies already that have a online drive available and for all major OS's as well. There have been others that have supported the Linux community too. But from what I see and read, is you are more focused on Windows users than the Linux users. Maybe it would be better if you people just help us out here, by sharing the code with us so that the Linux community can get this up and running for you, since you don't seem to have the time.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lucas Klassmann 10/19/12 6:27 AM
I hope it's worth waiting, I did an upgrade from my account the same day he left google drive to have more space, but when I went to see, was not the client for linux. I've even bought a 100GB Dropbox account and I'm using to make my backups, is an advantage. And paid only $ 4 more than the Google Drive and have triple the space.
I just did not cut a Google Drive account because I'm a fan of Google services since the beginning, when there were only the search, I am user of all services available from Google, development tools and Android. I hope they will finish this client soon, I hope :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Sven Hartvig 10/19/12 9:23 AM
In spite of the fact that a lot of Google products are free, it is not very satisfactory to hear that you still do not have an ETA for the product.

Hopefully, there will be sufficient comments about this to make the Google-powers that be change their minds and get going - this is not very satisfactory.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Simon Rodan 10/19/12 9:45 AM
Dear Ina

Thank you again for taking the time to post an update. If you could spare a second, though, I'd appreciate an answer to a couple of questions. When you say:

"Our engineers are currently working hard to provide Linux users with Google Drive. We hope to have it up and running soon!"


could you please be a little more specific; has a target launch date been set and if so when is it?

Second,  "How many engineers"? and "How much of their (his/her) time is devoted to this endeavour"?

Is there a version of the product in alpha or beta testing, and if there is could we join the testing group?

As always, looking forward to your answer.

Sincerely

Simon Rodan
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? gjoris 10/20/12 1:23 AM
People, people, just relax ... Google probably has a timeline set for a Linux client, but just as any other company, it probably all boils down to budget and priority. The most used operating systems are supported now, and you must commend them for working on a Linux client. It'll be done when it's done. If you don't want to wait and switch to another platform, then just do it -- but don't post childish posts where you're trying to "blackmail" Google into handing you a solution. 

Second,  "How many engineers"? and "How much of their (his/her) time is devoted to this endeavour"?

As an IT professional, I can say to you that I would never answer that question, not even to a very close business party. That is not information that should be disclosed nor justified to you. 

I, for one, am using InSync (https://www.insynchq.com/) at the moment. It works so well, I even think that Google will have their work cut out for them :-) To be complete: I'm using it on Ubuntu 12.04 (Gnome3 + Cinnamon + MATE), works perfectly. They even have an apt repository now -- I'm going to install that now, since I've been using InSync even before they officially released the beta. I especially like the fact that it has multiple Google account support, since I have 3 of them. And it works all the same: it sits in your task area, and syncs everything in the folder. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Bacchus Nysa 10/20/12 8:36 AM
I've been lurking on this topic for awhile, but felt I had to chime-in with my two cents. As a (commercial) developer (by day), and Linux enthusiast (by night), I've learned all too well how difficult it is to support the Linux community, so I can't say that I blame Google for making this a (REALLY) low priority. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a sizable faction internally isn't already arguing, "screw that!"

At work, I eventually had to phase-out the Linux version of our commercial application simply because the Linux market is too fragmented for such a tiny potential ROI.

And we, the Linux community, only have ourselves to blame.

There are simply too many distros, running too many GUIs (and let's not forget that you can't even make assumptions about the underlying filesystem)... There are quite literally dozens of potential combinations for QA to address, and for what.... Maybe a combined 2% market share on a good day?

Crap - There are what? Three different distros of Mint, alone?

Now don't get me wrong - Linux servers are wonderful things, but I'm talking about Desktop Linux here, a completely different beast for the purpose of this debate.

In our case, we were spending nearly 70% of our QA time (and budget) supporting just about 1.2% of our user base... It became total insanity from a business standpoint.

Sure - People like to point to Dropbox as "having pulled it off," and they have... But as you all know "getting it to work" is one thing, and "keeping it working" is another... I personally experienced Dropbox "breaking" (visually) on two different machines this week... Ubuntu 12.10 caused its indicator in the top bar to continuously indicate, "Connecting..." even though it is connected, and working as expected.

So now, they're going to have to invest QA effort (and dollars) once again, just to support one version of one distro representing only one portion of what's at best a tiny market, cumulatively.

If we don't solve the Linux fragmentation problem, I predict Dropbox will wash their hands of us eventually, as well.

Now, I'm sure - Someone's going to jump-in, and say, "Dropbox didn't break for me when I upgraded," but that's the point... None of us are running the same, exact Linux Desktop configuration... A QA team's worst nightmare.

Does Google have it working, already? Of course they do. They run their own "flavor" of Ubuntu internally (yet another distro, by the way). But, since they control that distro, supporting its changes is trivial compared with what exists "in the wild."

If we in the Linux community want to start being taken more seriously, and have access to all the "cool new things" coming down the road, we need to first pull our heads out of the sand... We love to be (or, pretend that we are) revolutionaries behind a movement, but the truth is that we're all aimlessly marching in different directions, without a cohesive front. We've fragmented our ranks to such a degree that more and more, commercial enterprises are going to wash their hands of us, and move-on.

Sure, Android (and I'm a HUGE Android fan, too, by the way) suffers from the same fragmentation, but at least, combined, all of the "flavors" of Android represent a significant chunk of the smartphone market.

On the desktop, Linux does not, and only we... Collectively... can change that.

And the ONLY thing that will change that is for the community to get-together behind one distro - "The Linux distro,"  put our egos in check, and learn to compromise for the sake of the platform's future.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Bruce Wagner 10/20/12 8:52 AM
Bacchus,

All I can say is...   Wow!

That is the smartest thing I've heard said about Linux in years!

Everyone should quote him and repost his commentary all over the web.

The Linux user community really NEEDS to hear, and GET, this message.  

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 10/20/12 9:25 AM
Bacchus, I get your message - I can understand why Google do not want to spare their time and effort for Linux, but why do they keep saying they do?! That's simply giving a false hope. I'm going to say it again - let's face it: they are NOT going to make a Linux client, but the least they CAN do is open to the community and give it the tools.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Bacchus Nysa 10/20/12 9:39 AM
Artux, my hunch (and it's only a hunch - I have no affiliation with Google) is that there are internal factions still debating the issue. I have no doubt they have no shortage of "people like us," who'd love nothing more than to push-out a Linux client, and at the same time, another faction (likely, those charged with QA and/or support and/or finance) that are pushing-back.

We all know that "it" exists, internally, so the fact that they're sending such mixed signals to the market, to me, speaks more of ongoing internal debate than anything else. As gifted a group as they are, Google has never been terribly good at managing public perception & expectations.

But again - That's only a hunch.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 10/20/12 11:02 AM
@Bacchus You're right! We just need to get everyone to switch to <my favorite distro>!

Sarcasm aside, I think the best part about the Linux ecosystem is that there are so many choices. On a platform like Windows, there's basically one way the OS works, and if you don't like it, you have to go find and install a program that adds the functionality. Maybe that program will start nagging you for money, maybe it'll turn out to be a virus. Worst of all, that functionality you didn't want is still lurking on your system, and the program you installed has to fight it to keep it down. If you don't like the Metro UI in Windows 8, you can add your own, but you'll still boot to Metro every time. Good luck uninstalling IE, too.

I've been using Ubuntu as my main desktop OS for a little over 3 years now. I wasn't happy with Unity when it was introduced, so I uninstalled it and replaced it with MATE. The point I'm trying to make here is that what I did essentially fragmented the ecosystem. I'm now running Ubuntu 12.04 with MATE, an uncommon configuration. But that's the setup I like.

I don't think anyone is asking Google to support all Linux distributions. If they just supported Debian and Fedora, they'd probably hit over half the desktop Linux market right there.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Simon Rodan 10/20/12 11:54 AM
Dear Gjoris

Thank you very much for pointing me to InSync. This does exactly what I need.

Thanks again

Simon Rodan

(OS 10.7.4 and Ubuntu 12.04 with Classic Gnome desktop)

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? 王敦 10/23/12 7:46 AM
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nyan - Support 10/23/12 12:23 PM
We'd like to have a native Linux version of the Drive sync client rolled out as soon as possible for our Linux users. It's in the pipeline but we don't have a solid timeline or expectation to provide you with at this time. Thanks for your patience and interest in Drive. 
In the meantime, there are 3rd party apps you can try to get started with Drive right away such as Wine and CLIs for Linux that work with Drive.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 10/23/12 10:37 PM
A very nice way of saying "we don't really care".
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? MGBach 10/24/12 6:35 AM
Seriously? Use Wine? Why don't I just switch over to Windows then! I use to love google but this is ridiculous.How longs google Drive been out for now? And there still isn't a Linux version. I might be able to understand if this wasn't coming from one of the largest tech companies in the world. You can create a car that drives itself but you can make a Linux version of google Drive? I agree with artux, it's a nice way of saying you couldn't care less about us Linux users!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 10/24/12 7:20 AM
You're damned if you do:
 
While Google could release a Google Drive app for Linux there will always be someone, somewhere, that has to complain about a missing feature or quirk.  It won't run as smoothly as the Android app or isn't as unobtrusive as the Windows version.  It's so much cleaner on Chrome OS!!!!
 
Please.
 
 
You're damned if you don't:
 
You're a developer.  You come out with an app that others have done - argubly better - that you want to push to the forefront but have only a finite number of resources to allocate.  You want to reach a large audience but at the same time want to keep troubleshooting limited to one or two operating systems.  Since this is "new", you expect there to be some kinks.
 
Who do you develop for?  Windows users.
 
Why? You have the broadest audience of users to reach and from a technical standpoint you aren't fighting yourself when it comes to different flavors of Linux.  Someone mentioned Google uses a custom version of Ubuntu - I'm surprised that it isn't Debian directly rather than a version of Ubuntu that could be broken every 6 months. 
 
Aside from casual interface tweaks the experience on most Windows machines will function the same.  You can write up universal installation instructions.  Linux has many distros and repos and kernels and such that a person running Linux Mint might have luck running an app where someone running Crunchbang does not.  Oh well he's using Fluxbox and I'm using MATE - doesn't matter.
 
Distros could be considered different OS's for all intents and purposes.  A dev could like what Fedora did with its latest version and want to use it as a base but cut out RSTLNE out of the features when Google Drive uses at least the RST and sometimes E.  But, sometimes Y can sub for E but you need to be running kernels released prior to 2008 for it to work and even then you lose automatic syncing. 
 
How did Dropbox do it?  Dunno for sure but they support Fedora (RPM) and Ubuntu (.deb) which means they cover the popular distros and variants based on them.  For Google to "pick a side", it means devoting resources to the popular builds and could potentially stiffle development on other flavors because they [Google] preferred one over the other.  That's "evil". 
 
So they pick Windows and Mac.  Hey, those are the two primary desktop OS's in both home and corporate use!  Right, so who has to say Google picked favorites? 
 
BUT THEY DON'T SUPPORT WINDOWS 98!
 
Software ages.  Technology improves.  Someone discovers the cure for cancer. 
 
Guy out in his garage loves Linux and uses Ubuntu.  He thinks Ubuntu is bloated and decides to compile his own version.  At its core its Ubuntu but the end product ends up being something pretty impressive.  By the time he's finished with it he's on version 10 and Ubuntu is now on 13.04.  Does Google then have to backpeddle and support up to version 10.04 because Jimmy has a cool stripped down Ubuntu that boots instantly and irons your outfit for the next day while you play  Team Fortress 2 on Steam over WINE?
 
To Linux users:
 
Pick a side - GNOME or KDE, Ubuntu or Fedora, etc...
 
An OS based on an OS that is based on another OS doesn't count.  That's like taking bits from 98, 2000, Windows 7 and Moutain Lion and making a new OS and calling it iWindows 12.04 - MATE Edition. 
 
Hate to say it but a free operating system is great - but only if you can encourage a community of software developers to find new ways of monetizing from it.  Commercialize Ubuntu.  It doesn't have to be a $200 OS or even a $100 OS.  Market it to consumers and retailers alike for $50 and include 6 months of product support. Designate specific hardware requirements and adhere to specific standards to achieve specific performance attributes. 
 
Sound like what Windows and Windows-based software does?  Sure. 
 
Get full-fledged graphics support and not some half-baked attempt at it.  Partner with companies that make printers and scanners and get working drivers - someone switching to Linux should find the utility in it rather than experience the futility in it.  Ubuntu should be sold in stores, pre installed on machines and marketed around the holidays and back to school sales.  Wider adoption  would make developers consider Linux a good alternative for their products.  Compatibility, support and ufamiliarity with the OS hinder it.
 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ramsv 10/24/12 9:18 AM
i'm very disappointed with google,  say "use wine", is ridiculous for a so huge company, develop this app should be so easy for them, but they don't care!, google will become just an another microsoft, so, why continue to use their products?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? arqueonautis 10/24/12 9:25 AM
This is outrageous, how can seriously a company as Google say "use Wine"? Why don't better tell us to go to hell?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nkansah Rexford 10/29/12 5:24 PM
Its much surprising to me that all this while, Google of all techy companies don't have a simple, common app for use on Ubuntu (Linux in general).

Then what is the nexus and chrome and chromebook and whatever whatever about. I read the first post which was somewhere in april, and I'm posting this in October ending - Over 5 months now. Even if Google outsource that tasked to a single-headed person, it would have been completed all this while.

If Google, you think you can complete the linux version of google drive app, then please outsource.

I'm disappointed in Google
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? jrwyatt 10/29/12 5:38 PM
It is pretty clear that the lack of a linux client is a product decision so as to not undercut potential chromebook sales. Pretty shitty google, pretty shitty.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kana1da 10/29/12 6:30 PM
Anyone try installing it in wine? I know it's probably a long shot, but might work.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? James Packard Love 11/1/12 1:02 PM
How is this going?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? richard herist Jr. 11/2/12 2:55 PM
i would leave dropbox, spideraok, and box.net if this could happen
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 11/2/12 3:17 PM
WINE? You must be joking. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 11/2/12 5:03 PM
How did Dropbox do it?  Dunno for sure but they support Fedora (RPM) and Ubuntu (.deb) which means they cover the popular distros and variants based on them.  For Google to "pick a side", it means devoting resources to the popular builds and could potentially stiffle development on other flavors because they [Google] preferred one over the other.  That's "evil". 

Official support for Ubuntu (and derivatives) and Fedora would be fine. Neckbeards on other distros can figure things out themselves. That they don't want to "pick a side" -- this weird argument you're making -- surely has nothing to do with the fact that there isn't a Linux version. 

On Ubuntu (and derivatives) I've had absolutely no problems with Dropbox in Unity, Gnome 3 Shell, Cinnamon, and even eOS's Pantheon. No excuses. Get it done, Google.   
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kana1da 11/2/12 5:09 PM
Wine works pretty well now vs a little while back. You'd be surprized what you can run these days. I just don't think it would work with this type of apps because of how it looks like it hooks into explorer etc...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kana1da 11/2/12 5:12 PM
Ah and I didn't notice this, but hey if you use linux and don't know what cron and shell scripts are for then...


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 11/2/12 5:17 PM

Oh, gosh, that's perfectly adequate. Google shouldn't bother then. ;-) 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? nukedeath 11/3/12 3:05 PM
Could you tease us with a screenshot?
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Timo Reimerdes 11/4/12 11:59 PM
I doubt that. Since a chromebook would only be usefull if it could sync with "the other devices". It's not like the usual thing to do is to ditch "the real desktops" when getting a chromebook.

More compatibility and syncing -> More users who like it and talk positive about it -> ... -> Profit.

But who am I to argue, I guess google will have the most powerful kind of database for this. Just hope they do value in the "talking about it". I think it's still the "computer experts" that use linux. Those are the ones who get asked by friends and family what they think about the potential investments.


However I would agree: It's time, google. Go pay a student to code that client! :D
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Tarik Hoshan 11/5/12 8:49 AM
G$$gle = Micro$oft
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 11/5/12 1:11 PM
Am Dienstag, 23. Oktober 2012 21:23:33 UTC+2 schrieb Nyan - Support:
We'd like to have a native Linux version of the Drive sync client rolled out as soon as possible for our Linux users. It's in the pipeline but we don't have a solid timeline or expectation to provide you with at this time. Thanks for your patience and interest in Drive. 
In the meantime, there are 3rd party apps you can try to get started with Drive right away such as Wine and CLIs for Linux that work with Drive.

@Nyan

Do you have a tutorial how to install Google Drive with Wine?

It looks like that it does not work with Wine:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/112081584624304379263/posts/fpwmNZTEXTz

I have tried it also by myself with Centos 6.3, but i did not get it running.
Maybe some libraries are missing in Wine?
 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Greg Miernicki 11/6/12 5:52 AM
Why have you forsaken us Google?!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Timo Reimerdes 11/6/12 10:33 PM
Less cool than valve? ;)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nyan - Support 11/7/12 7:01 AM
Probably not. It's more likely due to the sync app's method of indexing files in relation to the file system architecture. There's still bugs and other known issues that need to be fixed in the current releases.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? LonghairDave 11/7/12 11:59 AM
Nyan, Thanks for the information.

I share the Google Drive folder on my Windows machine.

I have a shortcut to that network share on each of the  computers I use on the network. It works great until a Linux solution comes around. Then I'll move to the Linux file server.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? kentabel 11/8/12 9:43 PM
Too late, Google!
I've used Google drive for two months and have waited for the Linux version. I got tired of waiting and have switched to Drop Box as of yesterday. So far, it's great - it's quicker and doesn't crash in Thunderbird.
Good bye, Google Drive!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Anderxale 11/8/12 10:07 PM
Use insync (really the name) syncs a folder in your home folder with google drive.  Resyncs whenever there is a change.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 11/9/12 1:38 AM
Meanwhile, i have installed VMware Player in linux and run Windows in a virtual machine.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Am Mittwoch, 7. November 2012 20:59:24 UTC+1 schrieb LonghairDave:
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Belasz2 11/9/12 7:19 AM
Would have been more useful if there was a link to info about what it is and how to use insync.
Bela
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? LPP1 11/9/12 3:00 PM
For me, Insync has worked fine with Linux Mint 13.
You can get it here: https://forums.insynchq.com/discussion/1545/insync-for-linux-beta-10-0-9-25#Item_41

Ans also here you can find how to configure the repositories:
http://www.webupd8.org/2012/10/insync-repository-available-for-ubuntu.html
It has worked fine for me with Linux Mint Maya.
With Mate desktop you have to install the
Unity (appindicator): the insync-beta-ubuntu

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sinekonata 11/10/12 7:11 PM
The other comments about how little effort it would be for them to develop this in a week if they wanted to makes much more sense than yours.
Google would be 5 years backwards compared to its competitors if it wasn't for the open source community on which it's been sucking so much work.
And yet they contribute so very little to Linux : 1 sad lonely percent in 2011 (nokia gave 1,2%...). I see no way you could justify their behaviour, especially when this was clearly not the first instance of their being giant dicks...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Josh212213 11/10/12 10:50 PM
Gets me how Play Music had a linux client soon after release while Drive still doesn't have one.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 11/10/12 11:52 PM
Good on you those who recommend insync. Couple to point out though; 1) they will charge money once they are out of beta, nothing bad about that, they deserve it for picking up google's slack, but in an ideal word google would have the base client and we'd be posting insync for extra features, 2) this client is still in beta, I've experienced breakage, maybe its better now but if you want a client that will consistently work look to dropbox or ubuntu one, 3) none of this excuses google from their simple lack of support. Dropbox did it, box did it, what is holding google back? (dont forget this is the company who built the self driving car)

You would think, after all linux has done google (see android, and see google chromebooks) if they didn't at least support us, they'd at least give a timeline. But the continuing answer from google is a clear middle finger.

Personally, I've dropped all alliance to google. I view everything they do with sketicism. If they can't be honest about this (platform suppprt), what can I trust them on?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 11/11/12 2:04 AM
Gets me how Play Music had a linux client soon after release while Drive still doesn't have one.


Yes, rather odd. Gonna have to blame Larry Page -- seems he has decommissioned the troops that fuss with Linux clients. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? VitasLoWang 11/12/12 4:52 AM
I am sorry but this is just a typical corporate talk of a spokesman (woman in this case) who knows nothing but has to announce something anyway!
Why am I not surprised that the question was not answered at all ...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Chris Hoppe 11/12/12 5:12 AM
Hi Ine,

It's good to hear that Google Drive for Linux is being worked on. For now, I'm managing ok doing manual updates, but I do agree with the other folks on this forum that it would be great to have the Drive available on Linux as well.

Take care,
Chris


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? mattzerah 11/12/12 5:36 AM
I have to admin I am very disappointed with the feedback on this forum.

1) People have the impression that google is 'required' to make this software available for Linux. Basically google is a commercial company and needs to make money. If they could make money by having a client for Linux, then they would be there. Face it. Linux users make up a fraction of the users that Windows and Mac users do. They may be working on it, but its obvious they have not placed the resources that they did on the windows and mac clients.

2) People seem to think that google should provide the resources for a client for Linux. Why? Is there a law that says everyone must write software for windows/mac/linux/bsd? If so I have never heard it. I've been using linux for 15 years and I have come to know one thing at least. Software is not always available for linux. Games? Photoshop? No one is required to write software for linux, its a choice, and if google is working on a client, I say that is great, the sooner the better! But why would i discourage them from writing that client by whinging at them.

3) People say that google uses linux, and only contributes a small amount of code back to the core, shame on google for not writing that client! Well, I'de be very interested to know how much software those people contribute back to the community in free software, and how much they contribute back to the core. Simple fact is that by using linux you are not obliged to contribute back to the core. At the very least if you make modifications, and then ship binaries that use those modifications  then you are obliged under the license to make those modifications available for people to download. But you are not obliged to write software for the platform. Also, if you can get ANY code accepted by Linus for insertion into the kernel, that is a great task. Not only did you write good code, not only did you write something useful, but you also wrote something thats acceptable to Linus. Well done to google or anyone who can get code accepted into the core at ANY percentage!

4) Why should google write a client at all? Good alternatives exist. Are they as good as Dropbox? Maybe not. But they use the same API's that a google produced client would use. They work. They are available now. Use them. Enjoy them. Contribute patches and documentation and bug reports back to them to help them get better. When google gets around to releasing the client, you may not even switch to the google client because you've helped contribute to the software and made it better than the google product. This is what open source and community is all about. Not whinging about what someone doesn't do, but getting in there and helping projects get stuff done.

Please note this is not ment to be a flame war. I want google drive for linux, by google, as much as anyone here. But I get depressed when everyone seems to think its there 'right' to have a client by google, when in reality, how much are you paying for any of googles services? In my opinion effort could be directed to positive functions like helping other projects out there, offering money to google to pay for the development (they are a commercial institution after all), or simply providing comments to this thread like +1, or 'me too' or whatever the current method is these days. Rather than in the negative claiming to leave google drive and go to dropbox.

Lets have some common sense please!





Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lucas Klassmann 11/12/12 5:50 AM
I disagree.

We deserve a satisfaction, commercially speaking Linux may represent only a fraction of the Desktop.

But Google uses many of the technologies in our community.

We're just wanting what is rightfully ours, attention and support technologies.

After all what would be Google if it depended on technologies other commercial enterprises such as Microsoft, Samsung, Apple?

The community provides many of the technologies used by Google, it would not be fair to just be treated equally to other users?

I agree that we should not go to war, but we need support, we use a lot of Google technologies, and contribute to much of it, what if we ask too a little attention?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/12/12 5:58 AM
What is rightfully yours?  Google released Drive for the most popular and widely used formats out there.  By doing so, they covered the majority of the market and also limited their support to the bulk of their users.  

Face it, when you don't pay for a product or service you are the product.  Google's millions of users are not a bunch of free-loaders.  Instead, they are a vast data mining experiment even at the lowest level of anonymous data.  Through this they are able to come up with rather intelligent solutions through their mobile offerings.  What they have managed to succeed in doing is make you believe you are getting the best thing out there for free when in the end its your consumption that drives further development.  If Linux was more saturated in the market and used more by people at home and in business then Drive might be considered a project to develop for.  However, why should Google release anything where only .01% of the world is on the OS and its many, many variants?  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Chris Hoppe 11/12/12 7:56 AM
If Google had plans not to release it's products in the Linux space, we shouldn't have seen Google Earth for Linux, but we have. I think we will eventually see the Drive client as well. It's just that they don't want to give an ETA in public and then potentially not be able to meet it for reasons beyond their control. Pretty much all the software companies I've ever worked for had a policy like that in place.


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lucas Klassmann 11/12/12 8:58 AM
Their arguments are repetitive, are not useful, they are all advocating the idea because Linux is only 0.1% of Google users, it is sad to see that.

Linux is not interesting to distribute a product, but when to use it as the basis for the Android or some other product, there is a good idea?

I'm already using Dropbox for some time, as I use Google products like a long time and I just hoped that respected Linux users. You look like the release of Chrome on Linux that took a long time too.

But I'll wait, what else can I do :/
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Cajhne 11/12/12 1:47 PM
I'm presently paying for Google Drive space. It's the Google Apologists that get to me here. This is a thread about Google Drive for Linux, which was promised to be coming soon almost a year ago now as "top priority". That's something to be upset about for people who have been waiting (and paying for space). If you're buying Google Drive space, and use Linux, and are not upset by this, fine. If you're here to bitch about people who are rightly frustrated at being lied to by Google reps, because, after nearly a year, there's STILL no Linux support for Drive, you are either on the wrong forum, or are a troll. Please get a life.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lucas Klassmann 11/12/12 1:56 PM

Cajhne, I'm also paying for services Google Drive.

I'm also frustrated by the lack of consideration of Google, some are saying it gives to use Wine, the Insync etc.

I find this ridiculous, since we are also users.

Hello Google? How long must I wait?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/12/12 2:38 PM
Just stop.  You are paying for storage space on Google Drive.  You are not paying for space on Google Drive to use it with "x" operating system.  If your argument was that you couldn't access the files you loaded onto the service - your content - and couldn't get access to them that would be one argument as they've taken away your ability to benefit.  

Your ability to benefit - meaning having access to your Drive storage space - while not as convenient as you would prefer isn't compromised.  You can still access Drive and store files up to the storage limitation of your package.  The fact that you don't have an official or third-party client to sync the content is a secondary concern.  Google can always come back and suggest you store files on another client / service if you are using Linux.  I agree that WINE is an iffy answer.  

However, you aren't being forced to pay for STORAGE.  Again, you bring in the fact you are a paying customer.  How much are you paying?  Did you pay a lump sum?  Do you pay monthly?  Regardless you need to understand that paying for storage and paying for a client are two different things.  If you paid for a desktop client - which is a related piece but not necessarily required to use Drive - then I would say you are getting hosed and you should see some action from Google.  Thing is, you are paying for storage.  With Dropbox you are paying for storage.  (Unless you just use your free GB from referrals, etc.)  With SugarSync, Carbonite, etc - you are paying for storage.  Yes, I will concede that desktop clients make use of these services easier.  However, unless they otherwise note the application is required it is an extra and OPTIONAL.  

I don't apologize for Google.  However, you're losing steam in this argument because now you think because you pay for storage you should get a desktop client.  That's now how this works.  Where is your desktop Gmail and Calendar client?  *ahem*  Picasa and Earth on WINE was experimental.  Support is all but gone at this point.  Google sees where the point of diminishing returns comes into play - supporting Linux outside their own needs doesn't generate them a significant amount of revenue.  Google is an internet company no matter what.  Their services revolve around a high-speed data connection.  They don't want you syncing files locally on the desktop - they want that all on the cloud.  

So do they want you to stop using Linux?  No.  But, there will be limited support of the OS when it comes to their apps getting local clients made.  There simply isn't a major need for this.  If you live and die by Google Apps, get a Chromebook.  No, seriously.  Just get a Chromebook because you fit more into their mold of what the future will be in a world where people produce content 24/7 that is submitted digitally across the web and no one physically owns anything anymore.  Instead of owning 10 TB drives you will rent space on the cloud.  Backups will be when you have your files digitally saved on more than one cloud service.  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lucas Klassmann 11/12/12 2:52 PM
First, I am not justifying the reason for wanting a client because I paid!

I am commenting because users are saying that Linux is not commercially interesting, how? I paid and I know several other users also pay.

I'm not justifying payment for the Google Drive Client, but if you have a bit of intelligence, and note that smaller firms other services that Google already have a Client for Ubuntu at least :/

And do not think I'm wasting my time, that is my right to ask and be part of this thread to show Google that also want this software.

Who are you wasting time here is, if you do not need the Client, exit this thread, it is not interesting for you.

And again, as many have mentioned, simply because Google does not release the technology to the community to make your own client?

Enough talk, if you are not needing this Client or think is not a priority, do me the favor of not commenting.

I'm publishing my needs for Google, not for you, you is Google?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/12/12 3:00 PM
If I have a bit of intelligence?  You lost my respect when you had to lob an insult like that, which suggests people that do not share your opinion lack any kind of intelligence.  

The point of paying for storage space on Google Drive was brought up.  I didn't say your name specifically.  You might have noticed that if you had a bit of intelligence. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Klox 11/12/12 3:17 PM
Go away. You aren't the one to tell people how they need to access their data. You aren't the one to tell people what they did or didn't expect when they paid for the product. You aren't the one to tell people they should get a Chromebook (wtf?). You have no idea how their revenue streams relate to Linux. Why are you ranting about the future of the cloud? People here obviously get it, they want to use the cloud more. Why would you say Google doesn't want you syncing files locally? Dragging files over to your client syncs it to the cloud, thus using bandwidth and making the cloud more relevant. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

How else does one show demand for a product than by direct contact with Google? The thread is here for it to grow and show the demand for the client. Sure, some people are pretending they have more leverage than they do, but it is a mixed bag of requests. All are here for a specific reason.

If you don't have support for the thread then go away. Stop tainting legitimate requests with your crap. Google will decide how powerful and relevant this thread is.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 11/12/12 3:56 PM
(to nobody in particular)

Paying for a product and complaining about its quality is sending mixed messages. Money speaks louder than words. If lots of people are paying for Google Drive, Google will assume it's a decent product.

For me personally, a lack of Linux support makes any product totally inviable. This is not the case for the vast majority of other Google users. Because Google Drive doesn't support Linux, I don't pay them money. Paying for a product that should, but does not support Linux is doing a disservice to the Linux community. If you want a Linux client, cancel your Google Drive subscription. They'll probably have a little form where they ask why you're cancelling; mention the lack of a Linux client there. If a Linux client isn't that important to you, stop complaining. It makes the rest of us that really want a Linux client look bad.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/12/12 6:38 PM
Firstly, you are putting words into my mouth and pulling context from what I said that was never there to begin with.  You are basically taking my stated opinion, shitting on it, and then trying to force feed it down my throat in a holier than thou attitude that is completely unbecoming of any intelligent conversation that I have been a part of.  So to you Klox (really, Klox?) I say fuck off.  I'm not going to sit here and let someone who clearly thinks that they have the authority to tell me where I can and cannot post push me around when in reality they have nothing more to offer to further the conversation about Google Drive on Linux.
 
Instead of picking apart anything I said in a constructive matter, you go right for the prepubescent position.  My point about not wanting local files is this - soon onboard storage will be obsolete and we will be transmitting files to the cloud almost directly.  What space we will have on our mobile devices will be reserved for the OS and temporary file storage while you to send files to the cloud.  Agree, disagree or just go fuck off.  That's my opinion and I really don't think you have any right to tell me where to go with my opinions.  I shared a thought / opinion / rant and you offered nothing in return.  Well, at least nothing constructive that had substance.  Go ahead and tell other people you think their comments are crap.  I'm not going to sit here and entertain the thought.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? polemon wurst 11/13/12 3:00 AM
To be honest, I gave up waiting for the Google Drive daemon for Linux, or a FUSE driver. It can't be that hard to do, but it's quite obvious that Google simpy doesn't care. Other things that are missing, but would make sense, is support for ODT files, and plain text files! I can edit MS Office files, but not a plain text file? That's just ridiculous.

Google is fine being a search engine, I like Google Mail and I like Google Plus, but in the field of cloud storage, it loses tremendously to DropBox. With DropBox space race, I have 25GB for free for two years. Right now, the 5GB for a standard Google Drive is twice as much as for standard DropBox, but I'm quite sure, that they will offer more and more space in the coming years.

I don't like the Dropbox daemon at all. I'd take a FUSE driver any day. But it beats Google Drive by a mile.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lucas Klassmann 11/13/12 3:38 AM
polemon wurst,

Finally a helpful comment :)

You are right!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? VitasLoWang 11/13/12 4:32 AM
OMG it is not about demanding something because we pay for it. We are simply amazed can google make fools out of everybody by saying that something is a top priority even when it clearly is not! If they said from the beginning that linux google drive is on the bottom of their task list then there would be much less complaining IMHO
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/13/12 6:13 AM
How do you know what is, and isn't, a priority for Google at this point?  A year later there isn't an official client on Linux.  What does that tell you?

  • Perhaps the percentage of users requesting an official Linux client is not nearly as high as you might suspect. 
  • There are possibly technical limitations - either in Google's implementation of Drive on Linux or in the OS itself - that is preventing them from even releasing an alpha/beta product to be tested by the public.  
  • Google is thinking further into the evolution of Drive, its share of the mobile and desktop computing space and doesn't want to release a client for Linux if they are going to directly compete with the OS.
It's important to understand that what motivates someone.  For many businesses making money is an ultimate end.  However, the means by which they attempt to do so typically reveal what really motivates these individuals.  I don't think Google is content with just releasing a sync client on Linux.  Their foray into Linux with Android demonstrated their ability to bring a version of Linux to the masses and be widely adopted and commercially accepted.  

Aside from mobile and tablet computing, Google has the Chromebook.  Google has a multitude of projects int he works, following the 7-2-1 rule of thinking.  They have one relatively safe project that is large in size and scope and drives the business.  In addition they have two riskier projects that consume a little less time and carry more risk.  Lastly you have seven "blue sky" thinking for the future projects that carry a substantial amount of risk and might potentially fail.  The projects keep Google innovative and at the forefront of software development.  Drive isn't the one big project or even one of the two less important ones.  It's one of seven different, riskier ventures by Google in attempt to increase their marketplace and compete directly with Microsoft, Apple and smaller vendors like Dropbox and SugarSync.

So while Google attempts to improve upon the model set forth by the likes of Microsoft and its Skydrive service and capture an audience the size of Dropbox, be appreciative of the developmental process.  And then ask yourself these questions:

  • Did Google reach the goals it had in mind when Drive was launched for Windows and Mac?
  • Is the service on pace to have the amount of growth it needs to have to generate revenue?  
  • How many visitors to Drive are coming from machines running Linux?  From Windows? From Mac?  
  • At this time, does the vocal interest in Drive for Linux match up to the percentages requesting it?  
I'm not Google.  I don't work for Google but I wouldn't tell them 'no' if they called me up and offered me a job.  I'm just trying to apply some logic and reasoning behind by after a year of supposedly everyone complaining about the lack of a client on Linux, Google hasn't introduced one of their own.  

No one here that is requesting Drive on Linux is entitled to it.  However, on 202 pages of conversation there are several more vocal people on here that seem to think they and other Linux users are entitled to something.  Answers maybe, but Google doesn't owe you much more than that.  

Insult me, my lack of intelligence or come back with some silly remark about how you feel like I'm dictating how you should act, etc.  In the end it only goes to show you had nothing of substance to offer in rebuttal.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/13/12 7:25 AM
willesj, stop trolling and face the facts for God's sake:
- a looong time ago Google announced the Linux client was coming soon (I know, you will provide a particular definition of "soon")
- after this looong time they say they don't even have a timeline

The conclusion is obvious: either they lied from the beginning or something happened, which they do not have enough courage to reveal.

BTW, your argument about "technical limitations" is... funny.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/13/12 8:21 AM
This is what happens you expect an intelligent discussion.  You try to come up with possible reasons why the client hasn't been released and people in turn decide that they would much rather make light of you and your opinion than other any real credible response back.  That's honestly the real definition of a troll.  The conclusion, wait the "obvious" conclusion as you see it is that a company lied or they are scared to tell the truth.  Given the history of Google and how they operate I would venture to say your assessment is completely biased and sophomoric.     

Once again, I try to offer up possible scenarios and I'm met with childish responses.  I won't continue the battle of wits with you because you are clearly unarmed and entrenched in your own battle of fighting out of a wet paper bag.  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? R. Gary Valiant 11/13/12 8:30 AM
Google does what they think will make them the most money, just like every other publicly traded business. No public business "cares" about its customers, except as sources of profit (like cattle) - mostly short term profit. Google isn't less evil because they say they are.

Perhaps it's not to Google's advantage to "serve" users of Linux? Perhaps there are issues of CONTROL here. Ya think? Maybe?

In the end - who cares? Don't use Google Drive - I'm not. Don't use Insync because you feel that someday they might have you by the short hairs - I'm not. Don't get butthurt because Google might not love you - THEY DON'T.

I've used Linux since Slackware 1.0. If I wanted someone else to take care of me, I would have stopped right there.

This "discussion" is boring.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/13/12 8:34 AM
And we have finally approached the biggest question: what is this forum for anyway? Shall we ask Google how we can pay more money to them?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 11/14/12 7:29 AM

https://www.google.com/search?q="download+google+drive+for+linux"

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ibustama 11/14/12 8:04 AM

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ibustama 11/14/12 8:05 AM
I'm head of IT in my company. We decided to use google drive (paid version) because we need to constantly share documents and folders, in a selective manner, with people using different OS's (win, mac, linux). Since google had promised a client for linux "soon", we thought we could manage for a couple of months, until the client was released for Linux. Turns out it's almost been a year since that, and the client still doesn't exist.

As you could guess it's my department that has all the linux computers. So it's really annoying having to always upload/download from the website when we need to share files with someone in another department (ON A DAILY BASIS). 

We tried out insync, but it's lack of selective syncing really gets in the way, since we don't want to sync EVERYTHING that people share with us (somewhere around 300GB), but only what we add to "my drive". If we had known that "soon" was going to be more than a year, we would definitely have chosen dropbox. If the client for linux is not out soon, then we'll probably move to dropbox, since google drive is uncapable of keeping their compromise (to release a linux client *soon*). 

I know what I've just told you may be totally irrelevant, but I just want to show that us, the linux users, can seriously influence over the decisions that users in other OS's take, and that in the long run this will affect google's revenue (though I'm sure that they've got so many millions, they couldn't care less about google drive's revenue). I'm pretty sure that if they don't have a linux client, it's because they haven't even started working on it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/14/12 8:57 AM
I know what I've just told you may be totally irrelevant, but I just want to show that us, the linux users, can seriously influence over the decisions that users in other OS's take, and that in the long run this will affect google's revenue (though I'm sure that they've got so many millions, they couldn't care less about google drive's revenue).

Your situation isn't typical though.  Google, Dropbox, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, SAP - all of the software that could possibly be out there and for use in a business environment is written for one, but likely two major operating systems.  Windows has its core base of users that will by and large remain the same.  Variation from this can be contributed to budgets, software makers going with one OS over the other, etc.  Many reasons, reasons that generally don't get brought up because we want to go with the answer that makes the most sense for our opinion.  

Drive is an experiment for Google.  Google+ is an experiment for Google.  In a 7-2-1 way of thinking it is probably one of two riskier, high-reward programs they are working on given its connection into just about everything they do.  Make it available for Windows, Mac and eventually Linux.  Technically it is running on Linux by way of Android already, but I digress.  The point is Google has considerable market share with Windows, Mac and also on the mobile front.  Linux isn't bad necessarily, but R&D is going to be applied towards projects and applications that give them the biggest bang for their buck.  Between Windows PC's, Macs, iPhones and Android devices Google is reaching a large amount of users.  Maybe there are things with the current Drive client and service they want to change first before launching on Linux-based desktops?  Maybe given the history of Maps, Picasa and other Google apps going to Linux they are waiting to see how well they perform in the general markets before adding Linux.  If the revenue stream for Drive is relatively low, why branch out to another OS and have to create specialized support?  

@ibustama,

You are in IT.  Because you have many different OS's you need a cross-platform way of sharing files easily and efficiently.  What I question is why would you go with a company, regardless Google's size, that has a relatively immature product on the market?  Not only is Dropbox a more mature solution, it is cross-platform and already in deployment across many organizations.  There is minimal risk to your organization and you aren't necessarily tied into a standard as you would be with Google if you take into account whether or not you are reliant on other Google apps.  

I think eventually Drive will be a robust Google product.  In enterprise solutions it will be another defining piece that keeps it a cut above the competition or at least in line with it.  Google wants to push all the information to the cloud in a controlled manner.  They will slowly shift from being a search provider to a service provider.  The fact that most services won't change much will allow things to fly under the radar.  However, once you find yourself two years from now paying Google a modest fee for cloud email, storage, and personalized services they managed to integrate into their ecosystem you will look back and say - they really did this?  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/14/12 9:04 AM
Drive is an experiment for Google.

If that is the case, I feel sorry for ibustama - his company has paid quite a lot of money for Google's experiment.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lucas Klassmann 11/14/12 9:12 AM
willesj because you lose so much time defending Google? You are one of them suck balls?

Do you work? Or is this group all day just waiting for someone to comment on what do you have?

Oh sh1t! Stop wanting to find excuses if you do not work in google and not expect this to Google Drive Client for Linux, stop and go away!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? eestrada 11/14/12 9:32 AM
willesj, I understand and agree with what you are talking about from a business standpoint. Linux isn't a huge part of the OS market share and Drive is relatively immature at this stage. Still, that doesn't make it ok to for Google reps to say things like "The Linux client is coming soon" and "the Linux drive client is a top priority for Google" and then have Google not deliver anything. I think most of us would rally behind something else like Grive if Google weren't promising us an official client. But they are (and have been for a year now) promising it and not delivering on their promise. I will reiterate what I said before; Google should open source the parts of the Linux client that they can and let the community do the work under their direction. Or at least give something like Grive their blessing. I am still using Dropbox primarily because I am holding out for either an official client or at least a notification that a Linux client won't be officially supported, at which point I will seriously consider alternatives like Grive.

Also, although I don't agree with the attitude of some of the more belligerent posts on this thread, I do believe making noise about a problem can make a difference. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, right?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/14/12 2:47 PM
What I find most disturbing is that someone gets so upset with me that they resort to homophobic comments rather than genuine discussion.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/15/12 7:01 AM
Totally immature and offensive.  I've reported him for abuse and I think the message has been deleted.  Name calling is not welcome and adds nothing to the discussion.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/15/12 7:36 AM
Ine: Thanks for giving us an update.  I am still using Dropbox and my company would like to use Drive but we cannot until you provide Linux support.  We would pay for extra space like we are currently doing on Dropbox.

To the many of the responders to this post:  As a Linux user I have been following this discussion for a long time now and am very disappointed in the responses from our community.  These things don't work, and are even damaging: angry, too wordy, name calling, inventing motives (in defence of or against Google), calling 'not fair', demanding an ETA, demanding they build and sell us a product, ...

I own a business and I'm very happy to quickly lose customers that behave like you.  The competition can waste their time dealing with the overly demanding, usually cheap, and self righteous children, while I earn a higher profit on the better customers with much less effort.

Community reputation matters.  Always be a joy to work with and you'll attract solutions.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ohforfs 11/15/12 7:46 AM
They need to update their forum software too - Google forums are a horrible experience. I vote they do that after they pay dropbox a few quid to licence some source code.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/15/12 7:46 AM
tchafee, one question: if you own a business, how often do you promise and not deliver? Woud you be surprised if your customers called you 'not fair' in that situation?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 11/15/12 8:23 AM
tchaffee - Thank you for bringing a little level-headedness to this discussion. I agree that a number of people in this discussion have been quite disrespectful, both to each other and to Google.

I agree wholeheartedly with everything you're saying except the part about demanding an ETA. When Drive was released, Google said "We're working on Linux support--hang tight!" Had they simply said "Linux isn't really a priority right now," I think a lot of people would begrudgingly accept that and move on. The issue here is that people got their hopes up for a Linux client, and Google has left us hanging for months. I don't care if we get an ETA of March 2013, I'd just like a solid ETA.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/15/12 9:11 AM
artux, how often do I 'promise' and not deliver?  Well I sometimes 'leak' news about potential product offerings to feel out the market, even with a coming soon 'promise'.  In the end, you no pay, you no get say.  The market changes quickly, and I change strategy and priorities quickly based on who is willing to pay.  With that said, once I get an advance payment, the deadlines are always met.  Did I miss the part where the Linux community raised $100,000 to pay for a Google programmer to write and support this product?

My friend was supposed to open his restaurant in London months ago.  The one in Hong Kong opened on time.  Do you think anyone is crying 'not fair'?  All I hear is continued excitement. For sure the 'not fair' whiners, if they exist, have been crossed off the invite for the opening night.

Ever get a really bad coffee at a popular cafe or a drink at a popular bar with no alcohol?  Maybe they actually were trying real hard to make sure you won't come back.  Not you personally, just a way of thinking about how the customer is part of the relationship, and not all customers are desirable.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/15/12 9:18 AM
Now I understand why I will probably never be a businessman. If I were (and the Linux users were not the 'desirable customers'), I would never produce fairy tales of a Linux client 'coming soon'. I would just say "Sorry Linux users, you will have to wait long and perhaps never have a client". But apparently that is not the way to run a business these days.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/15/12 9:26 AM
danH1420, I do get that people have been disappointed and that's not ideal.  I never make any plans based on a promise from a business, or even an official ETA from a company.  The term 'vaporware' has been around since 1982, so the practice of announcing and never delivering is hardly new.  Agree that it's not a great practice, but without inventing what Google's motives might be, all I can really say is that there are sometimes good strategic reasons for what companies do.  Competition in the marketplace is not much different from battle, and I would hardly believe an opponent's announcement of what their next move will be.  Or, if you want to be less paranoid:  stuff happens.  It was a priority, it looked achievable, and then it's either harder than you thought or a much better opportunity comes along and your priorities change. The bigger question for us is:  when that does happen, which customer do get back to first when you've finally got time?  The one who makes your life miserable, or the one who is a joy to deal with?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/15/12 9:31 AM
If the Windows client was missing, I can assure you, Windows users would not be a joy to deal with. I don't think anyone at Google should be surprised with our reaction.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/15/12 9:32 AM
Drive for Linux is Google's Duke Nukem Forever.  

@tchaffee

I agree with the points you have made.  Even if your comment about inventing motives for Google wasn't directly squarely at me I would at least like to think I wasn't and merely trying to drum up plausible scenarios to consider.  Since no one here has a direct line to the fly on the wall in Google's offices that could say with certainty what the next step is towards making this client a reality everything we say at this point is pure speculation.  

I can see that people are passionate about their point of view and have likely had enough speculation at this point and just want answers in one form or another.  That's on Google.  For someone that isn't as adamant about getting the final word speculation for me isn't an exercise in frustration.  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? willesj 11/15/12 9:41 AM
Be rational here though.  Which desktop operating systems are most used?  Windows and Mac don't just get spit out for the heck of it in a conversation.  The installed user base for each OS is rather large and in essence you get just about everyone you could want in one fell swoop.  Linux is a loosely associated group of distributions of one iteration after another.  Granted, some groups in this arena are very organized, have scheduled releases and updates to keep them relevant.  But, when you walk into a brick and mortar store Windows and Mac are already installed.  

10 years ago I loaded up my first distribution on my then three year old Dell.  I had Windows ME running on it so I was happy to get something that actually worked and my computer ran smoothly.  I couldn't get the machine connected to the internet so I had to go back to Windows - this time XP.  Driver support then wasn't the greatest and I'll admit it kept me from the OS for another two years.  

The delay for Drive on Linux could be a good thing, a bad thing or perhaps a non-important thing.  It just reached the end of its development and they couldn't implement the package the way they had intended.  Maybe working on the Linux client they found ways to improve the Windows and Mac client?  Numerous routes this could have taken.  Who knows?  Google.  But, you no pay so you have no say.  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/15/12 10:39 AM
Exactly!  Complaints shouldn't be a surprise to Google.  So do they put resources on the 1,250,000,000 windows users complaining about a bug in the existing product or on the 1,000 linux users complaining that they don't have a product?

Since so far we've been pretty average (even nasty), it also shouldn't be a surprise that the smallest and least profitable segment gets the least attention, or even no attention.

How better to get Google's attention than by totally surprising them?  With how awesome we are. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/15/12 11:05 AM
OK, Google, you're great, keep it up, don't bother with a Linux client, we will worship you anyway.
Is that awesome enough?

But seriously, do you think that Google will change their priorities for the 1,000 Linux users if they turn out to be awesome? I don't think so.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Mario Lopez 11/15/12 11:30 AM
I am still interested in a Google Drive client for Linux, that would be quite dandy. While I can use the web client to a certain extent, syncing between all my computers using a program would be the most ideal.

Also, LAN sync would be great as well, that way replicating data from one system to the next on the same LAN will be very quick instead of pulling it down from Google's server and being limited by ISP speed and bandwidth.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/15/12 1:06 PM
artux, a real person reads this thread, not Google. I remember when I was trying to fly out of a mostly closed airport (bad weather) to a friend's wedding.  Everyone was standing in a very long line and shouting at the staff.  Only a very few people would get on the one remaining flight.  I got out of line and walked up to first class (I had a regular ticket), gave a HUGE smile, and said "This must be frustrating for you, but you're still handling it with such patience.  I really appreciate that in a person".  I told her my story and made it to my friend's wedding.  She wasn't supposed to do that for a regular ticket holder.  Never underestimate the power of charm.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kana1da 11/15/12 1:15 PM
Oh god, how the hell do you unsubscribe from this group? I keep clicking unsubscribe and it's not letting me, it sends me a bounce back message telling me i'm not part of the list so it's not going to do anything. I have to get an email that lets me see every stupid comment that people post here insulting each other. Can someone please close this thread?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 11/15/12 1:17 PM
To quote the email you get:

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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kana1da 11/15/12 1:20 PM
Thanks, but that's exactly my problem.. it's not working. That was the first thing I tried... My setting are also set to No Email. It just keeps bombarding me anyways
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/15/12 11:21 PM
tchafee, I would do exactly the same, provided I new the delay was due to bad weather and the staff do their best. That is simply not the case here. We are told the weather is fine and the flight will commence soon... A huge smile doesn't work here.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 11/16/12 1:21 AM
Tcafhe,

Your missing the point, generally, for two reasons; 1) google is neither a small company nor a individual, 2) this is a highly anticated product (typing on phone, wont let me get to this point)

First, you make analogies to your situation, a restaurant owner friend, and a customer service rep. None of these are good analogies. First, google is a giant corporation which plays a much different role in consumers lives than small companies. Big companies can do more, can influence society on a large scale, and as such consumers expect more.
 second, corporarions are not people. They, unlike a consumer services agent, have no emotions, no empathy. they are motivated only by profit, for a consumer to change a corporations behavior their needs to be either tthe promise of more profit or the threat of losing it. You remember when facebook changed thieir privacy policies, and after facebook users had a months long civil discussion about facrbook changed it back? Me neither, people got pissed and got loud and facebook backed down. Or that tim when godaddy supported sopa and after months of disussion among users godaddy listened and changed their policy. No, people got pissed and got loud and took concrete action to scare godaddy into thinking they will lose profits. Thats what mptovatea corporations

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/16/12 2:08 AM
We simply don't have the 'losing profit' angle with Linux being such a small segment.  It really seems like you guys just want to moan and nothing is going to stop you.  I've always gotten better results by being pleasant, even when it's a big corp.  YMMV, but how's it working out for you so far with the moaning?  You've got results to show?  To be sure, all the negativity here and elsewhere has got me very seriously looking at Apple or Windows 8 for my next laptop.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/16/12 2:31 AM
tchaffee, do you really expect us to be happy that Google do not fulfill their promises? Come on. 

I tend to agree with CrazzzyBudha, if you don't make a noise, you will get nothing. I don't know if our 'moaning' will bring any results, but I am pretty sure that keeping quiet will bring no results whatsoever.

If Windows 8 will make you happy, go and get it. We are sticking to what works for us. It would work even better with a Drive client, but it seems we have to turn to Dropbox or other service.
But don't expect us to pretend happy people when things go wrong. I think Linux users value a 'be yourself' attitude more than any other group.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/16/12 2:42 AM
You're right.  Keep moaning.  Google drive must be right around the corner for Linux thanks to all the negativity.  My apologies for trying rally around the idea that the Linux community could somehow be perceived as the 'grown up' and polite community that big corps can't wait to work with.  Carry on.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sheehanje 11/16/12 6:50 AM
Are you new to the internet?

You've just made a blanket statement about Linux users, now inferring to most of the as not grown up.  Every community has it's extremes -  from windows, to mac, to linux.  I suggest grin and bearing it.

Fact is, Google has many Linux developers in it's company who are just as enthusiastic about the OS as anyone else.  Google has supported Linux in the past and present:  Picasa, Earth.  They've supported open standards which help Linux.

Now we come to Drive.  While I will not blast Google for not supporting linux (at least not yet), I won't tell users they have no right to be upset about it.  I would use Google drive if it supported linux.  I also use Windows, and to a limited degree Mac OSX.  I also use a smartphone.  Right now, my solution is simple -  I use Ubuntu One.  It doesn't have as great a value - but it works across the platforms I need it for.  It's also a revenue stream for Canonical (makers of Ubuntu), so I'm willing to bet they are rooting for Google to keep Drive off of Linux.

I think it would be wise for Google to release Drive for Linux soon.  I know (by the way the comments are shaping up) a lot here think Linux is some fringe market that Google would make no money on.  This is patently false.  Linux is huge in markets outside the U.S., and a lot of those markets would be core adopters of things like google docs and drive (European Governments use a lot of Linux, as to a lot of academia).

None of us really know Googles motives for not releasing a seemingly simple client.  (I'm putting my conspiracy theory on the fact they may not want to shoot Canonical in the foot, after all, they do a lot of work in the open source community, which Google is built on, but I obviously am making a stretch with that, and whatever the reason, it's googles to make.  On the other hand, I'm not going to get into name calling on google groups to bring about a change.  There is a market for Google Drive on Linux, and if they do decide to tap it, I will be on of the paying customers, and my place of employment probably will jump on board too.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tchaffee 11/16/12 8:03 AM
sheehanje, I've been using the internet since before there were web pages... When did I ever say no one has the right to be upset?  I'm upset about Drive not being available yet myself.  I just behave like a nice and polite adult about it because I've always got much quicker service that way.  Big corp or not.  At the end of the day it's a real person you are deal with, in this case whoever reads the thread.

All I did was suggest that we as a community might get a few perks and better attention if we have a positive reputation, which doesn't come from acting nice when times are good.  It comes from acting nice when people aren't expecting it.

I totally agree that name calling won't bring about change.  Exactly why I put 'grown up' in quotes, and why I suggested folks stop naming calling towards Google.  You sound exactly like the kind of reasonable person I'd like to see more of in the Linux community.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? R. Gary Valiant 11/16/12 10:21 AM
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 11/16/12 2:56 PM
Argh. I'm also unable to unsub. And this conversation has become remarkably silly and pointless (bottom line, they said they were going to deliver a Linux client; if they can't be arsed, fine -- just come out and say it. Wuala and Dropbox have delivered; strange that Google won't). Guess I'll have to filter this in Gmail. 

Goodbye. 

 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Rob O'Connell 11/17/12 1:22 PM
I think the users are more frustrated since a client has been promised for many months. But in general I agree with you, whining isn't going to make Google more excited about supporting us.

If anyone from Google is reading, I'd like to make two points. First is that although the Linux segment is small, I've found most Linux users to be power users - which I think boosts their effective footprint. Second is that supporting Linux is good for the soul, and good for supporting the open ecosystem that is ultimately to Google's benefit.

We'll take a beta product :-)

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Martin Benson 11/20/12 1:24 AM
Not going to happen, is it?
 
I'm another who is using Dropbox very happily - even if Google Drive finally get their act in gear, I see no reason to change now.
 
Interesting that Google Music had a Linux Client quickly - here in the UK from the very start.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? syshex 11/20/12 3:33 AM
Still waiting for this.
Gave it 6 months wait.
Our team has decided to stay with dropbox, will revise decision next year again.
Best of luck for google drive,
Rui 
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? kerjava 11/22/12 10:26 PM
thank you you are awesome and yah goofle (not a type-o) really needs to do something stop with the false promise and own up or pay out

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 11/22/12 10:55 PM
+1

Am Freitag, 23. November 2012 07:26:34 UTC+1 schrieb kerjava:
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dueyfinster 11/25/12 4:52 AM
come on Google, do the right thing )
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christian W. 11/25/12 5:08 AM
Still no Google Drive for Linux? Wow.

Seems that Google, after all, starts to get "corporated". 

The suits rule here. Welcome in the world of MicroApple where customers are prey.

You Googlers are standing on the shoulders of the Open Source Community. Don't p*ss us off.

I started with Linux kernel 0.99, saw Google rise and will possibly see Google fall?

Come on, folks. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jordan Bottoms 11/25/12 4:10 PM
You are such a liar. Before telling us that one is in the "works" make sure that there are no holes in your story. The fact is, is that Google is not working on a Google Drive for Linux. Since their accusation of Android and release of the Chrome Book they seem to be focusing mostly on their platforms. That lone is not enough of an indicator, but suspicious. The huge flaw in your lie is that Chromium OS is built using Ubuntu.

http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/quick-start-guide

If Chromium OS is based on Ubuntu then we all should assume that Chrome OS is also based on Ubuntu, but with finer tuning and changes such as rebranding. If Google Drive works on Chrome OS than it should work on Ubuntu as many of the core libraries that are included with GNU/Linux should not have changed.

I read many users replies and it seems that many no longer care for Google Drive. If this is your way of moving people over to the Chrome Book or Android platform than that is pretty pathetic. Certainly they are not going to as people are likely going to change services then switch over to your products when obviously you have turned them away to begin with.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 11/26/12 2:29 AM
Whether there is a GDrive for Linux in the works or not, the fact remains that the vast majority of desktops run on Window and AppleOS, so Linux would be low priority.  I suggest that Google has many more issues to fix for those users before than opening a new can of worms...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/26/12 2:45 AM
All this means that they are simply not able to do it. Dropbox can, Google cannot. Either it's too difficult for them or they couldn't care less. In either case, why don't they say it loud and clear and stop beating around the bush?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 11/26/12 2:51 AM
Don't disagree with that sentiment... Don't forget GDrive has a really important office apps component, which Dropbox does not.  It may not be a trivial job to make it run on Linux.  But Google could state clearly what its Linux plans are, if they haven't.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 11/26/12 6:58 AM
@Nyan

The Google Drive client is based on open source - maybe Google can aks the open source commuinty for help to solve the problems?


Am Mittwoch, 7. November 2012 16:01:08 UTC+1 schrieb Nyan - Support:
Probably not. It's more likely due to the sync app's method of indexing files in relation to the file system architecture. There's still bugs and other known issues that need to be fixed in the current releases.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Zdenek Behan 11/26/12 8:23 AM
Except it's not based on Ubuntu. Prerequisite to Ubuntu is because most of the docs assume you've got Ubuntu running as a host system for using the SDK. But you're usually fine off with other distros, just may have to do a little tuning here and there. The OS itself is very close to Gentoo, but just for building, and is otherwise its own stripped to the bone mini Linux distro. And GDrive integration has practically nothing to do with the OS itself anyway.

And if you do not understand what technical difference is there between integrating GDrive with a primarily Chrome-based OS where Chrome is actually doing all of desktop management, desktop integration and window management, all of which is almost exclusively developed by Google, and an OS with zillion possible desktop enviroments, all of which a large portion of users would like integrated with GDrive and most of it is barely touched by Google, then why are you even speaking on this topic, seeing how you know absolutely nothing about it?

Right, Google is just the new Microsoft trying to bully people into using its own products. Haven't heard that one in a while. Oh, wait.... Just grow some brains people. Linux Chrome also took so much longer to release than Windows, because Linux is an extremely variable environment to work with, with a ridiculously huge amount of QA to be done, and a user base completely disproportional to the effort needed, as opposed to a very controlled environment of either Android or ChromeOS, whose basis being Linux is merely coincidential for this purpose - GDrive is primarily about UI.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? HackerFinn 11/26/12 9:03 AM
Just thought I would mention Ubuntu One. If you use Ubuntu, that is. :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 11/26/12 10:29 AM
I feel so bad for Google! They just don't have anywhere near the resources of Dropbox, Syncplicity, Cubby, Huddle, Egnyte, or Sharefile, among others. How could Google possibly compete with these industry giants?! Google couldn't possibly pull off what all these other companies have done! Of course the goal of file sync software is that your files are synced with all your devices, not just the most popular ones. I guess if I want to support small, up-and-coming software companies like Google I shouldn't expect them to try and compete with the industry giants! So, to Dropbox et al, screw you and your multi-billion dollar companies and your fancy Dropbox-plex's housing thousands of programers, I for one am going to support the little guy, Google, trying desperately to compete with the big guys. Google is right, I shouldn't expect them to use their limited resources to provide me with a product that works for me, how preposterous of me to expect that from such a small company even if they have vaguely promised to do so and have taken so much from the linux community (to become the dominant mobile platform among other things). Of course the customer, oops excuse me, the company is always right! So tomorrow I will stop trying to use the software and devices I want to use, and conform with the masses so that I can support this tiny, resource limited startup. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 11/26/12 12:35 PM
CrazzzyBudha, I guess that means you are not bothered about Google Docs?  Just curious.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 11/26/12 8:55 PM
@das1951 I'm not sure what you mean. If you mean a lack of gdocs support on linux which may happen with a linux drive client: 1) a client with a missing feature is better than a missing client, and 2) gdocs works with ms office just fine. Not sure how it works but I dont think office supports gdocs format. I assume it just maps the .doc changes to the gdrive file. libreoffice and most other word processors handle .doc files just fine. I can't imagine it being a problem. I used insync and it synced changes between gdocs (editing) and libreoffice just fine and that was an .odt file. I'm sure if google wanted to they could figure out a solution. Of course they have to actually want to.

Other than that I'm not sure what you mean. My only point is lots of people are making excuses for google, ironically not even google is making excuses for google. And at the end of the day, there are no excuses. they are willfully ignoring linux users. we are a comparatively small group, but not insignificant. If we were that small you'd expect the companies that actually do have limited resources to ignore us. But they didn't. there isn't a whole lot of conclusions you can draw from that, so I'm pissed about the most logical one. If there is some other reason, google would be wise to share it.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 11/26/12 11:06 PM
You just seemed to have concentrated on the sync'ing aspects.  Other than that I did agree with another poster that it would help if Google stated its Linux policy more clesrly, if it hasn't already.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 11/26/12 11:21 PM
I'm just curious what you meant by my feelings about google docs. I supposed you meant that gdocs might not sync.

At any rate, to reiterate, google can seemingly easily port gdrive to linux, smaller companies have. Linux isn't a huge market, but that hasn't stopped the small guys from porting to us. As you made me check, gdocs sync works fine on the third parties. So what is stopping gooi ifgle? if there is some reason, it would make oP feel better if they told us. But I doubt there is a reason. Google has willfully abandoned linux (remember, they only promised a linux drive client after linux users outrage at the release). Draw whatever conclusions from that as you will

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 11/27/12 10:23 AM
I have been watching this topic for months, most of the things I would have said have already been said, generally more stridently, more rudely and less productively, but everyone knows people who use Linux generally cant socialise....

This is,however, a pretty unusual case - people lining up demanding to be able to spend their money on a product and the supplier ignoring them!
For myself, I'm a big believer in backup, I presently use JungleDisk and Amazon S3 (on Ubuntu linux) as my backup media and method, am keenly waiting to be able to switch to Drive as its cheaper per gb and has a much better web UI.

Looks like I'll be waiting a while doesnt it?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 11/27/12 10:25 AM
You'll be waiting forever, I'm afraid...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? My.D0j0 11/27/12 10:41 AM
Take a look at "Super Flexible File Synchronizer".  I use it with Ubuntu and it works fabulously, with many options for controlling file versions, different profiles, and schedules.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 11/27/12 11:11 AM
I already have a working solution (Jungledisk and S3) - I just looked up  Super Flexible File Synch (Syncovery) - to use google drive as storage it requires a premier licence costing USD 50 per year.

Since I want to switch away from Jungledisk (USD 1.00 per month plus storage fees from amazon) this is not a viable solution for me. It'll increase my costs.  But thanks
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? My.D0j0 11/27/12 11:22 AM
"Super Flexible File Synch" is not the program I offered.
"Super Flexible File Synchronizer" is the program I offered and is free.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gavin Stilgoe 11/27/12 11:23 AM
Just Use Drop Box    

   Google is not worth the hassle , Dropbox, Mozilla and duckduckgo 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 11/27/12 11:25 AM
I was abbreviating. "Super Flexible File Synchronizer" - now known as synchovery - supports google drive but users of the free licence may only upload office files of the sorts that convert to online google documents. backing up files to google drive requires a premier licence. Says so on their site.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? My.D0j0 11/27/12 11:29 AM
My mistake.  It is the same...hunh...anyway, it does not appear that the program costs anything....for Linux users.  I was able to download mine from the Ubuntu software repositories and it was free.  Even on their web site, the linux version does not go through a license purchase routine.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? My.D0j0 11/27/12 11:44 AM
CDE-UK

Check out the png screen shot of my g drive.  The files were uploaded this morning using the previously mentioned tool.  The excel file still has its xls extenstion, the word file still has its doc extension and the open office document template still has its odt extension.

It may be that the version available from Ubuntu repositories has been relieved of the licensing requirements, but I am using version 5.71--which is the latest version available for linux.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 11/28/12 10:13 AM
interesting.. can you back up non-office files?  mp3s, jpgs, zips with it?

thanks

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? AlexSlater 12/1/12 4:55 PM
Almost 6 months on... any news?   Has this been abandoned?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sbbg 12/1/12 8:16 PM
Such a pity that Google cannot challenge Epic game for lying to release a Linux client.
Epic game promised to release UT3 client for Linux without fulfilling it for more than 3 years.

So Google has better to cancel the stupid idea to challenge a vaporware record of Epic and just release it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 12/1/12 9:17 PM
Self reflection, google bashing free post:

You know google should just come clean, whatever their plans are, even if there are no plans. leading us on will just bread resentment, and, honestly, thats probably why I'm still here. I resent them ignoring me because of what os I choose to use, and also for paying lip service to linux, but not actually doing anything.

Beware google, resentment is a strong emotion. buying an early macintosh only to find it won't support any printers not made by apple. That breads resentment, and boy does that last. Reputations are important, and google is sure earning one.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Steve Kunzer 12/2/12 9:00 AM
It's December 2013 now and still no sign of a Linux client for Drive. Clearly Google has other priorities.

Teresa, do you have any further updates 5 months on, or has it simply been forgotten?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? freaky2000 12/3/12 7:00 AM
Google drive is a priority to us.

Uh huh, I noticed...

FU Google, FU.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gabriel Zellmer 12/3/12 1:17 PM
I am right on the line of switching back to Dropbox solely because of the lack of a Linux client. Don't get me wrong, I really like Google Drive and am trying to be patient here but this is just taking too long! I realize you there needs to be testing but please consider giving us something to work with, I'm totally willing to accept and use a beta right now!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pablo Rodriguez Pina 12/4/12 2:33 PM
Hi Teresa,

We are building a software solution for one of our clients, it would still takes us a few months before we go into production. In a totally unofficial manner, would you be able to give us an ETA on the google drive app for linux? Just roughly, when do you think it will be ready?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? stinky-tofu 12/4/12 5:46 PM
I'm abandoning google drive for dropbox due to the lack of a linux client. Don't think I'll be back. Why bother?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jitterbug Phone Hacker (JPH) 12/4/12 9:53 PM
Google wants Linux users to move to ChromeOS.  If they never created anything for Linux users in the past, why would they start now?  If they ever create Drive for Linux, they aren't going to support it or update it.  

The same way they say Android is going to be a part of the linux kernel but that fell apart because they had no one keeping that up to date.  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 12/4/12 10:36 PM
Stinky-tofu, you might miss the quite nice standalone office suite called GDocs...Is there an alternative for you?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 12/4/12 11:55 PM
If they never created anything for Linux users in the past, why would they start now? 
 

 The Google Music Manager icon is sitting my system tray. Google Earth (version 6.2.2.6613) is up in another desktop, and I'm reading this in Chrome. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? My.D0j0 12/5/12 4:06 AM
On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:13:00 PM UTC-6, CDE-UK wrote:
> interesting.. can you back up non-office files?  mp3s, jpgs, zips with it?
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> thanks

I use 7z extensions for compressed items and they are on drive, as well as mp3's, rtf, html, pdf, jpg, png and ico files.  The graphic files are viewable in drive preview.  The rtf and mp3 file types do not have a preview, however, drive does recognize them for what they are, it just can't open them.  Html files open to display the markup, not the rendered page a web server would present.  Also in terms of office documents, on my android devices i use quick office and it is able to open, edit, and create new then save files back and forth from drive using the MS file extensions.  Kingsoft Office (open source android) will open MS and open document formats from drive, but i  had trouble editing with it.

However, for your mp3's, i would sincerely suggest looking at subsonic.  It will stream your music and movie files directly to your remote device with a web browser or android/i-device app over both LAN and WAN.  As long as you have a backup device, like an external drive, you have your entire library remotely available.  My music/movie library is 800Gb+, making ANY remote backup/cloud drive solution so expensive that i just built a 2Tb raid 5 array with backup for the same cost as 1yr equivalent space on drive.  Subsonic also supports downloading the music/movies to the remote device both individually and from playlists.

For graphics files, picasa or google+ are the remote storage tools to use if not just becauseit cuts down on the used space in drive, then for the graphic editing tools that are available.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? bbertrim 12/5/12 4:12 AM

I want to start off by saying that there is no reason that a company that has been practising software development on the enterprise level is not able to give a general idea or timeline for the release of a product or feature they have in the works. It doesn't matter if you practice Agile or Waterfall you can always give an idea of timeline. To say as much is about the worse thing you can do to your clients because its very unprofessional, makes it seem like you don't know what the hell you're doing, belittles your clients and builds animosity.

Personally I would have switched to Google Drive from DropBox at the initial release if they had a Linux client. I run Ubuntu and Windows as well as a few mobile devices and use both Dropbox and Bitcasa which both have great support for Linux. Bitcasa is still in beta but gives me unlimited storage and more features then both Google Drive and Dropbox yet it has a Linux client. And you cannot beat how robust and mature Dropbox is in terms of cross platform support. It is nearly the perfect solution for storing files that are used on servers (such as configuration files) for small business and individuals as it provides versioned backups that can be accessed anywhere. Bitcasa, when it matures, may even fill this role because it does allow for infinite and backup folders/mounts as well as the standard sync'd folder.

So now look at it from your client's perspective (which is all the people posting in this discussion). You have been promising a Linux client for 3/4 of a year now but refuse to give us any sort of timeline or details. We want to use your product, or this thread would not exist. We are mostly experienced and technical users which makes us the entrance into small/large business solutions (we are the ones that suggest the solutions in meetings to our managers). But really at this point why should we stay loyal? Because nearly one year ago an empty promise has been made to us?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 12/5/12 5:02 AM
> interesting.. can you back up non-office files?  mp3s, jpgs, zips with it?

You can't truly properly back up anything to Google Drive but you can certainly store many file formats, as also indicated by My.D0j.  For example, I uploaded a largeish (28 MB) Lotus Organizer file.  It cannot be previewed online but downloaded into and read in any computer that has the app installed.  It also appears in the Google Drive folder on my local computer and can be opened from there.
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 12/5/12 10:29 AM
Rashdan Mohamed: "Wouldn't use it as a long-term solution."

What and why?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? bbertrim 12/5/12 10:50 AM
I believe he was referring to Bitcasa. Its free in Beta right now but when it does go live it will be 7 dollars a month. But 7 dollars a month ($84/yr) for unlimited storage vs Dropboxe's 100GB for $99/yr or Google Drive's 100GB for $59.88/yr to me makes a lot of sense.

And I do agree with him, if you don't want to pay for storage then Google Drive and Dropbox are your solutions. Unfortunately I use well over 100GB of cloud storage since I work with uncompressed images quite a bit. But on the upside I can now back up everything to the cloud with Bitcasa. Now if Google created a true competitor to Bitcasa with unlimited storage (and released a Linux client of course) I would be a very happy.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 12/5/12 10:56 AM
I had guessed Bitcasa, too, but it wasn't. Rashdan Mohamed sent me note advising he accidentally replied in the wrong thread...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? rashdanml 12/5/12 10:56 AM
Removed the original post, my apologies. 

It was in response to using InSync as an unofficial client to sync with Google Drive. It's still in beta, and is supposed to be a paid tool once it launches. Hopefully Google comes out with its own Drive client before that, so it shouldn't be a problem. 

Having more free storage is always nice, I suppose. At present, I don't really need that much, but I can see the necessity for it. I think GDrive combines Gmail storage though (correct me if I'm wrong) to a total of 15GB of free space (since it now allows up to 10GB attachments through Drive). Which is more than what Dropbox and other cloud storage solutions provide free. 

Bitcasa sounds like a sweet deal. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 12/7/12 4:00 PM
Just to make sure that this topic does not die, slashdot.had a post that mentioned the fact that "Guido van Rossum, the proclaimed Python Benevolent Dictator For Life, has left Google to work for Dropbox.

It looks like even the most excellent staff at Google knows which way the ship is going!

Anyway, as I said, this is mostly to ensure that this thread does not die!

http://developers.slashdot.org/story/12/12/07/2242237/python-creator-guido-van-rossum-leaves-google-for-dropbox
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Patrick from the Netherlands 12/12/12 9:05 AM
My expectations in Google were much higher...... I like Google services, and I use almost every Google service: Google search, Apps, Mail, Calendar, Drive, Music, Maps, Google+, Groups, Contacts, Chrome, Android = Play Store, Play Store Developer Console, YouTube, App Engine, News, Translate, Shopping, Wallet...

Google, I'm deeply disappointed in you.
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pablo Rodriguez Pina 12/12/12 9:28 AM
Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? nielsek 12/12/12 12:51 PM
Hang tight To be left waiting (hanging), sitting at a standstill while you await the return of someone. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? nukedeath 12/12/12 1:58 PM
We have been hanging since April.
That is a long time to hang.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 12/12/12 2:02 PM

Dear Google,

This is us:

Sincerely,

The Linux Community


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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? .Jazz 12/12/12 2:15 PM
Are you people sure you all use Linux?  You seem kinda dumb and incapable of basic internet searches.

Some time ago I mentioned that there is already a viable sync app for linux called Insync. 

Visit: www.insynchq.com

Works great.  Been using it for months without issues.

So rather than "hanging on"... or more importantly "whining like little bitches about having to hang on", go and download it STFU.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ibustama 12/12/12 2:19 PM
Sorry, but Insync is not viable when you only want to keep what you have in "my drive" synced, and not EVERYTHING that everyone has shared with you (somewhere about 200GB in my company's case)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 12/12/12 2:41 PM
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jake Lee 12/13/12 1:17 AM
I wonder what's the technical problem...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 12/13/12 1:42 AM


On Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:17:50 UTC+8, Jake Lee wrote:
I wonder what's the technical problem...

Incompetence?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Maciej Miklas 12/13/12 11:20 PM
still nothing? some status update would be nice....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 12/13/12 11:24 PM
I wouldn't count on it. Apparently Google have adopted a "don't be nice" motto ;-)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? GIANT_CRAB 12/15/12 6:15 AM
Damn, you're so rude and mean.

There are A LOT of people using Unix based system (currently Mac is supported), especially Linux distro users as well.
Roughly 15% of the OS market are Linux distro users.

Plus, that program isn't viable and has no support from Google as well.
We wouldn't want to trust a third-party whenever possible.

Right now, the issue is that Google is refusing to do so for free OS, such as Linux distributions.

#drive4linux #drive4linux #drive4linux #drive4linux

People are petitioning to ask Google to do so, this is how bad the industry has come to.

Right now, Linux distro users have to either use Dropbox or use Google Drive through the web-browser.
The second option is a lot of hassle but I'm doing that, hoping that drive4linux will come out before Christmas.
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pablo Rodriguez Pina 12/15/12 7:48 AM
Hey Google, 

Good start with Goo, so be good, Good Google
When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jitterbug Phone Hacker (JPH) 12/18/12 7:13 AM
I'm mostly just bitter at Google's disregard of Linux.  I'd probably never trade my information for the convenience of cloud storage.  Having Chrome installed is scary enough (Chromium on my linux box).  If you install any Google apps to your browser, everything you copy and paste WITHIN YOUR OS is captured by Google.

If they are comfortable pushing the boundary that far within their Chrome web browser platform, I can only ruminate about what Google is up to with desktop integration. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 12/18/12 12:41 PM
You ever signed up for a Google + account? you'll notice Google dont conveniently autofill all your interests, personal addresses and data, work and social history..
If you exist on the web, they know this stuff about you. If you're that paranoid about their knowledge you shouldnt even be in this messageboard, leaving further traces.. bashing them publicly for not producing a service you'd never use its just pointless politics.

Personally I'm willing to accept the risks inherent to keeping data outside my systems, and reap the benefits it offers.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Yousef Alemiem 12/19/12 4:58 PM
shut up you ignorant fool
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Adrian DeBarros 12/19/12 9:01 PM
If Google was smart they would take advantage of this weird transition we are in, thanks to Microsoft un-innovating themsels(Windows 8).  I am going to try a mini android pc with dual core rockchip3066 1.6ghz and quad core mali400 for my HTPC.  Time to get Windows out of my living room (no pun intended).  Only thing Microsoft has going for itself is Windows 7 is supported until 2020 ;).  Google should highly support Linux and their ChromeOS... Tiles confuse people that are not tile setters (pun intended).  

Read my articles at my site TunnelYou dot com
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 12/19/12 9:14 PM
You make a good point, one that valve (or is it steam? I get the product and the company mixed up) took to heart.
 
More broadly I think linux will gain a lot of traction because of windows 8 (think of the outcry from people who just want to get their work done when gnome 3 and unity came out, now think about the less tech savvy but similar work oriented windows users, their going to hate windows 8). I also think apple helps linux because its recent popularity has opened people up to non windows os. Add on top of that global growth in the market which hasn't been trained to love windows and big pushes by cannical and others...

Bottom line is linux market share will continue to grow, and google would be wise not to treat linux like some fringe user group. Personally I think its stupid, they are killing band loyalty.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Adrian DeBarros 12/19/12 9:54 PM
I love your perspective on the matter!  I totally agree!  Take a look at an article I wrote on Arm and Cloud computing and how it will take off in the next two years...  The years of ARM...



Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? NunoFerreira 12/20/12 9:17 AM
Gdrive for Linux would be helpful...

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 12/20/12 9:48 AM
Got anything intelligent to add to our discussion?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? NunoFerreira 12/20/12 11:44 AM
No.
I didn't post a reply to this discussion.
I did it on another one, but it got posted here because the discussion was marked as a duplicate.
It's not my fault.
My post should have been accepted to the other discussion (where I actually posted), or it should have been rejected (as I was not asked if I would like to post here instead, it simply redirected my post to this discussion).

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 12/20/12 11:48 AM
and i was replying directly to someone called Yousef who just called me something rather rude. I think this forum isnt handling threaded responses very sensibly: sorry if that looked like I was being rude to you !
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 12/20/12 10:13 PM
Today cannical, makers of ubuntu, just released ubuntu one (a dropbox/ gdrive style client) for mac, officially out of beta. Cannical seems to have done the impossible, they made a cross platform client available to all platforms. And they've put ubuntu one out at roughly the same time as google put gdrive out.

Resources: cannical's main product is ubuntu, a free os. If I remember correctly they wont even turn a profit till this year or next. Google has more resources, why can't they do this?

Priorities: cannical caters to ubuntu/linux users, many of whom hate apple. How much market penetration did they gain? Probably very little, but they did it anyway.

Point being, google could give us a client, its well within their power and ability and market share shouldn't be a primary concern here, as cross platform support is the goal of cloud file sharing software.

I struggle to see how anyone could view this other than a big fuck you to the linux community.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lwb 12/21/12 2:09 AM
I want to say that Google just flat-out lied, but maybe it is nicer and more fair to say they spoke prematurely, then realized they have absolutely no vested interest in bringing out Drive for Linux. Oops.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lwb 12/21/12 2:13 AM
You will never see a Drive client for Linux because it is not in Google's best interest. I think they figured that out shortly after they made their premature and unfortunate promise to hook up Drive with Linux. Really, it would serve Google best if they would just come out and tell us why they have no vested interest in Drive for Linux and why, in fact, it could be harmful to Google.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pablo Rodriguez Pina 12/21/12 4:02 AM
Come on glue-gel....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? bbertrim 12/21/12 9:18 AM
I would disagree with Google not having a business case for supporting Linux. This thread alone has 325 posts by 168 authors currently, and this is going to be a small fraction of users who would be interested. The average user would just say, "oh, geeze. Google drive has no client, but look Dropbox does and is also free." without looking into a solution. And as mentioned earlier Ubuntu One comes native with the most popular Linux distribution and has been around since Ubuntu 9.04 (2009) and gained a Windows client rather quickly. I would say from my experience the majority of Linux users use multiple operation systems and having a cross platform solution is critical. As I stated in an earlier thread I would have paid for 100 gigabytes when Google Drive first came out if they had a Linux client but sadly I think they've missed the boat. The release of Bitcasa (Which now has a client for every platform including android, iOS and Windows 8 mobile) feels is coming out in early 2013 after a long (free) beta and it will have unlimited storage for 10 dollars/month or 10 gigabytes for free.

I am very disappointed in the lack of interest Google has shown to a lot of its loyal customers (which is most of us here). We've heard a "yep, we're working on it" early on but then silence. In general if you want to keep customers you need to keep them engaged and informed if its going to be a long time before release. Right now I feel stupid for being loyal to Google when they obviously didn't have any interest in serving me.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? johnwchadwick 12/23/12 10:32 AM
So, here's what has happened so far:

April 25th: "Hang tight."
July 17th: "Google Drive for Linux is still in the works."
September 24th: "Our engineers are currently working hard to provide Linux users with Google Drive"
October 2nd: "Google Drive for Linux remains a priority for the team"
October 23rd: "We'd like to have a native Linux version of the Drive sync client rolled out as soon as possible for our Linux users. It's in the pipeline but we don't have a solid timeline or expectation to provide you with at this time. [...] In the meantime, there are 3rd party apps you can try to get started with Drive right away such as Wine and CLIs for Linux that work with Drive."

And from there, silence. I am not really used to Google perpetuating lies as a method to boost PR (I can't imagine it works too well in this case anyways) but given the amount of evidence for the existence of a Linux client (zero,) the evidence for development of a Linux client (zero,) the suggestion to use Wine (btw, tell that to a Mac or Windows user and see what kind of response you get) or 3rd party CLI tools (likewise) we can deduce that there was likely never Linux client and nobody cares about the backlash of it as long as it can continue to be swept under the carpet.

To be clear: yes, we know about Wine and 3rd party tools. We can use that neat Google Search gadget thingy to find those. Interestingly enough, though, it is hard to adopt a service that won't commit to your platform (or worse: claim to fraudulently.) These solutions wouldn't be any better than using Virtualbox to run Windows XP and sync over Shared Folders (That'd work too, and yet nobody in their right mind would suggest that, because that is inefficient, clunky, and time-consuming to setup.)

Stop posting feel-good responses about how it's "in the works." It's not in the works. That is a lie. If you had even just one programmer working on this for months to a year and there's absolutely no results to show for it, they really don't deserve a spot at Google.. The truth is, if it was ever worked on, or is being worked on, at some point in time, you lied to save face.

December 23rd: No Linux client. All empty template-esque responses. If what you wanted was for people feel safe adopting Google Drive in case they wanted to pick up on Linux in the near future, you succeeded at that, for sure. For those of us who wanted to use something other than Dropbox, we're still waiting hopelessly. Thanks for the giant red flag, because I came this close to actually adopting Google Drive. I've said it before, but now it really looks as though I won't be switching from Dropbox in the near future.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 12/23/12 10:37 AM
I was naive enough to use the paid service. Not anymore. I've switched to Dropbox. Bye, bye, Google, have a Merry Christmas.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? eclipseagent 12/23/12 5:18 PM
I too continue to hold on. I've even kept from "claiming" my 100GB from my Chromebook, because uploading all my files via the web on my linux system, is too much of a hassle. 

I'm giving it a bit more time, but if at the end of January there's no Linux Drive client, then I'll be testing Bitcasa, and its integration with Chromebox and Linux. If nothing, I'll probably return the Chromebox, and get a real laptop, install Linux and fully utilize Bitcasa.

It'll soon be 2013, I'm surprised there are any mainstream "cloud storage" solutions that don't provide heterogeneous support and integration.   
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 12/23/12 5:44 PM
So, OMGUbuntu has a blog post writing up the best apps of the year, it included Insync and while talking about Insync said the following "But don’t fear: a free Google Drive for Linux app is being made by Google, and I’m told it should make its way out into the wild in the first quarter of 1213." Assuming that 1213 is a typo and it meant to say 2013, I guess that means GDrive client sometime between Jan. and April?  (heres the article btw http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/12/top-10-ubuntu-apps-of-2012)

But this is the first time I've ever heard this. And its kind of second hand; we dont know who said it, whether they are credible, or when this was said. Itd be a lot nicer to hear it from Google, instead of mentioned in some article about the client that was developed to make up for Google. 

So, thought I'd let those of you who still care that there is at least a somewhat credible rumor that it will be out at least by spring next year. I'm beyond switching to GDrive. Their awesome customer service and communication have really convinced me that I should trust and rely on Google. Uh, no. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? eclipseagent 12/23/12 9:50 PM
From how we've been treated, I'd suspect the typo is 2113 not 2013.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? vve1505 12/24/12 9:01 AM
Just adding my input - need a linux client badly. In particular, Ubuntu. Thx.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Adrian DeBarros 12/24/12 9:59 AM
Mark my words! IF Google releases a GoogleDrive Linux client within Q1 2013.  I will then create a startup company based off of Linux, GoogleDrive, computer recycling, and education... #ComputingRetake ;)  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? LexxTheFox 12/25/12 2:48 AM
I'm growing tired. It's been too long already.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? westport networks 12/25/12 7:35 AM
some of the win 7 machines with home edition on them are starting to be retired.   this means that the update to mint or buntu 12 can be installed on them and used, some are i3, many are also i5.   upgrading a 2 core with just an ssd is just as fast even with the am2 cpu socket.   this means that there will be many more machines available for linux installs.   yes please hurry as there is a great need for the app right now and a bigger need in the next 3 months or so.  thanks.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Richard Howlett 12/26/12 2:59 PM
Larry Page is in a position where he should be ready to take the market, now that Steve Jobs is gone (Apple is doomed with the likely transition to MBA's running the company).  I think Page needs to do a little house cleaning and start focusing on a vision, otherwise Meg Whitman might clue in (speaking about MBA dooming a company).  All the same, Page should spend some time listening to a community that will help him with the ChromeOS conquest.  Or maybe he does, and just thinks Google can do it better.  (Google's big, but not that big, otherwise why did they buy the Android team...Hmmm)  All the same, I would hate to see a backlash from coders making sure their code runs on everything but a ChromeBox or ChromeBook.  All it takes is a few clever lines of code... (granted if source is available, you can find and fix and resubmit under GPL, oh what a pain)  Who wants to help someone climbing a ladder if their plan is just to walk over you in the process?  So should Google be Friend (^) or Foe(v)?  This 14 page rant over something very simple to deploy, makes me personally wonder if Marketing and Sales talk to the technical side of the company....  If they do, then Larry, clean house!  In the time that was spent writing all these pages, I could have written a Linux daemon that could do this (seriously). 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? anavarrog 12/27/12 6:10 AM
This situation is ridiculous, users demanding support to a company, and this company ignoring them for months with no response at all ("we're working on it" is not a response, is a joke when you're talking to grown people). It's crazy, and after google reader's mayhem, this google drive situation is the last straw for me. I'm moving to Ubuntu One, they care.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 12/27/12 5:57 PM
Yep, totally unsat. Porting to Linux shouldn't be difficult at all ...  Me, I'm moving off of GDrive and going with Dropbox
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gabriel Zellmer 12/27/12 7:56 PM
What's really sad for me, is that I left Dropbox when Google Drive first came out. Thinking that with as much as Google does with Linux, it would take no time at all to release at least a beta client. Now after watching this thread for the last few months, I'm as well switching back to Dropbox.

The worst part is definitely the lack of communication... I know someone at Google is reading this and I'm sure you guys have your reasons for not releasing a client and not communicating it but no matter how you cut it... it's still BS Google, way to show your true colors!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 12/27/12 8:29 PM
I hear you, so far I'm liking Dropbox allot and if/when Google chooses to support Linux I won't be coming back, why should I?  Dropbox is doing a great job and they're not arrogant ya know
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Krazystof 12/27/12 11:49 PM
Well I was moving all my data/photos/documents to Google drive and just discovered that I cannot sync my data on my debian headless NAS because there is no Google drive Linux client. I was going to purchase 100GB storage but will now move to dropbox. And from what I can see here Google has had now over 7 months to get a Linux client up. Looks like its not on the priority list. Another customer lost due to poor support.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Chris Pollard 12/28/12 3:19 AM
Why no linux client?   Don't make me switch to dropbox.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Duck Berg 12/28/12 5:58 AM
Now we're soon in 2013.

Is there any ETA at all for Google drive app to linux ?

  // Kristian
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? VikOlliver 12/28/12 6:41 PM
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Hi everyone - Google Drive for Linux is still in the works. Thanks for following up with us!

July the 18th 2012 that was dated. Soon New Year. Chrome OS is Linux-based and has Google Drive support. What is it that you're not telling us?

"Do no evil" remember?

Vik :v)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Yong-Siang Shih 12/28/12 10:27 PM
Insync works pretty well, but it still has some syncing problems...
I'm still looking forward to the official client.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? charding 12/29/12 4:13 AM
Is it just me or does the post from Thersea at Google make no sense...?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 1/1/13 5:46 AM
Teresa is only the postwomen.

Am Samstag, 29. Dezember 2012 13:13:01 UTC+1 schrieb charding:
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Johnathan Phan 1/2/13 3:55 AM
2013 and still no linux client.

Johns un happy face. :(
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Bagavond 1/2/13 4:43 AM
Stick to Dropbox, people. Support the people who actually support FOSS users.
 
If you still need to use Google Docs and one of your devices run Windows or Mac OS, place your GDrive folder inside your Dropbox folder, then that computer will sync the two accounts.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jordan Turner 1/2/13 6:37 PM
http://www.bitcasa.com is another alternative and it has unlimited data for $10 a month. If a small company can get Linux support up I don't know why Google can't. It does not matter anymore, I will take my money where a company really gives an effort to provide FOSS support. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 1/3/13 1:00 AM
Great!

They have 10GB for free or unlimited space for 10$/month.

And they have Linux!
:-)

Am Donnerstag, 3. Januar 2013 03:37:42 UTC+1 schrieb Jordan Turner:
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Anderxale 1/3/13 8:13 AM
Awesome yes!  Too bad so far it's only for 64 bit.
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 1/3/13 10:08 AM
There is a website that's running a petition to get Google Drive on Linux. It probably won't do much good but it's worth a try. The more signatures the better.

drive 4 linux dot com - or google "drive4linux"
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 1/3/13 10:32 AM
Kev, I think you are the instigator of the petition.  You might wnat to make the link to your profile more obvious, so that the petition site looks less anonymous (who is the "I/we" on the website?...).  It is a worthy cause, after all.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 1/3/13 10:43 AM
Good point. I added an introduction on the "about the petition" page. Thanks for pointing that out as it could look like spam the way I've written. I did throw it together quite quickly. I'll spend some time tidying it up over the next few days.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 1/3/13 11:40 AM
Well, I have now been trying Bitcasa, although I am a Dropbox user too.  I probably would not even have been looking for an alternative had Google drive been working on Linux. Be that as it may, for me  Bitcasa is working fine. I can't see myself switching back to Google Drive provided this keeps up as it does take a while and a fair bit of bandwidth to transfer the whole of my data. Yes, I gave the whole hog a try since it is free for the time being.  In fact, the next step here is to move all the other users with whom I interact to Bitcasa too. That is after having moved them to Dropbox only a few weeks ago once I realized that the Linux version of Google Drive was not there and before I did learn about Bitcasa.

In a way, having thought some more about it, I am also glad that I have not to rely on Google for this.  I feel that Google has its fingers in more than enough of my data as it is.

Overall, I now feel relieved and somewhat smug in having overcome my problems with the added benefit of less reliance on a single supplier.

An added benefit is that it cost me absolutely nothing for the time being, not even the $10 per month.  Very hard not to give it a try at that price.  Now is the time to give it a shot, folks!  :)

I will also add that Bitcasa has been working as a charm with more flexibility than that offered by Dropbox or Google Drive. There was an initial difficulty with the installation however.  I did have to fiddle a small amount with the install script as the distro (CrunchBang, a Debian derivative) I use mostly, is not supported out of the box. Bitcasa was very helpful and quick in supporting me doing that via their support site.

My advice is run folks, run, trying out Bitcasa, especially if it will not cost you a cent.  You may be surprised with what smaller companies than Google can achieve technically, although this is not a real big technical issue really,  I think it is more a matter of Google priorities.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 1/3/13 3:52 PM
Bitcasa is a recent start-up


Let's hope it survives against the likes of GDrive, Dropbox and Skydrive.

I suppose it depends on what you need it for.  If you want a standalone online office suite you need GDocs. If you are happy to be stuck to MS Office and don't mind a bot of tethering, the Skydrive is probably fine.  Dropbox seems to work well for just file storage and sharing.  If you want good backup, go to a dedicated backup service.

It is interesting that Mozy people are involved in Bitcasa.  Maybe that is a good thing.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Krazystof 1/3/13 6:56 PM
Well I have signed up to dropbox and started syncing my linux NAS data to there. 

Reason I picked it over bitcasa is because of the two factor authentication. Im not after unlimited data (although it is tempting!) Im just after secure simple syncing of my linux data to the cloud and im happy to pay for the data I use!

Sorry Google but lift your game!


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jrodzpr 1/3/13 7:13 PM
Still no Gdrive for Linux this is sad!!! I guess Ubuntu one will do....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Simeee 1/7/13 2:49 AM
I want it so hard I can tasted it! :D
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 1/7/13 3:20 AM
You can't be serious Google, It takes you a year to make the application?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ruwan Jayaweera 1/7/13 3:41 AM
Shame on you Google!! You take advantage of all the FOSS, but doent care about the FOSS community? (Been waiting for this for 1 year now)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Dim Lask 1/7/13 2:40 PM
If Google was a serious company, it would have developers to make a simple application of Google Drive for linux.... I am Ubuntu user and I can't use my google storage..
SHAME
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Dim Lask 1/7/13 2:40 PM
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? vrcca 1/8/13 3:27 AM
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gyula Gubacsi 1/9/13 3:08 AM
So where is it now? It can't take this long to port a single application to Linux, especially that you already have some implementations for similar platforms. I really don't understand why do you need to make this Linux-excluded project yet again...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? cpjones44 1/9/13 4:13 AM
Well, if you think it's so easy, here's the SDK documentation.

https://developers.google.com/drive/

Off you go. Make one yourself.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Simeee 1/9/13 4:18 AM
Awsome!!! I'm on it! 

Would be easier if I could get the code they made until now... 

Do You guys know who could I contact for that code (if it's open source ofc)?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gyula Gubacsi 1/9/13 4:22 AM
First of all, this about an official Google Drive client. There is software out there that enable to use Google Drive, but this thread is about the Google's own client.
Second, I am probably capable of make one for my self, however many aren't. Hence, if they work with Linux they will simply not choose Google Drive, which is a shot in the legs for Google. If Dropbox could make a business case of the Linux platform, it is hard to see how Google can't.
Third, it is Google's own creation, so it is much easier for them to develop a client than for everybody else. Why should anybody else bother if they don't?

Last, this means for me that I just got gave up on this, I will use an other service and will never look back.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gyula Gubacsi 1/9/13 4:25 AM
Check this one.
https://github.com/Grive/grive
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 1/9/13 4:53 AM
Gyula, re " will never look back.", "Never" is a long time, and you may one day want to use the continually-improving online office suite...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Toshiro Viera Stalker 1/9/13 1:06 PM
We're on 2013 and still no Google Drive for Linux! Shame on you Google! You base your infrastructure in Linux (probably saving billions of dollars) and don't even care to give at least the same treatment you gave to other OS ... Really bad attitude!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gabriel Zellmer 1/10/13 12:04 PM
Earlier in this thread I mentioned that Google most have their reasons for not releasing a Linux Google Drive client but today as I was watching the Ubuntu Mobile video. I realized it might have something to do with Ubuntu releasing a mobile version that replaces Android. Meaning, why would Google want to release a Linux Google Drive client that only enables users to more easily leave Android for Ubuntu Mobile. Think about it... if they did release a Linux client, it would in essence go straight into Ubuntu Mobile. Google had to know for sometime that Ubuntu had a mobile version in the works and probably started thinking of ways to indirectly put the breaks on them. If you cannot do the same work on Ubuntu Mobile device as you could on a Android device, why would you leave Android, but if you could... what's stopping you?! Well enough of my ranting, that's my two cents for the day. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 1/10/13 12:08 PM
I disagree, there are hundreds of other distro's out there, not just Ubuntu. We're asking for a Linux client, not an Ubuntu client. It doesn't mate practical sense for Google to do this as many users do not use Ubuntu, but instead opt for other distro's like Arch, Fedora & Suse.

Plus, Ubuntu mobile adoption is minuscule and will probably remain so. They don't even have any OEM's signed up yet. I personally think Google are just being lazy. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? rashdanml 1/10/13 12:10 PM
Gabriel: While that makes sense to some extent, it's a little too late for Google to be thinking that way. The whole premise of open-source (by entering Android into the mobile market) was to allow literally anyone to take the Android source and modify it anyway they want, or create an equivalent from scratch (Ubuntu Mobile). And as also mentioned before I could post this, Ubuntu isn't the only distro for Linux, and all of them will add Gdrive to their repositories. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jay Kramer 1/12/13 7:16 AM
I agree with Gabriel.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Bas Braams 1/13/13 11:00 AM
I like to record here that on 2013-01-12 or -13 this conversation passed the 40000 views mark; I believe that it is the most viewed conversation on the Docs and Drive product forums. The top 3 that I have located are these conversations:

(2012-07-12) When will Google Drive come to Linux? (40067 views on 2013-01-13)

(2012-04-24) Solution for "The installer encountered error 1603: Fatal error during installation." (27119 views)

(2012-04-24) Google Drive cannot connect to the Internet (20644 views)

I have posted (updated) a longer list on the Docs product forum [1].

[1] (2013-01-13) Re: Issues of interest -- recent most visited conversations
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 1/13/13 11:24 AM
What fun....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 1/13/13 11:50 AM
I got involved in this thread in late September last year.

Since then I have shifted to using Bitcasa and I am absolutely delighted with this decision.  It offer so much more flexibility.  I don't need a special folder. I can nominate any existing folder and have different way of storing them onto the cloud (infinite, backup etc).  This is way superior to the Google/Dropbox approach for my use case and I suspect for most people use cases.

I have been a software developer for 45 years (yes, you read this right) and developing such an application is not something that would take an inordinate amount of resources, especially for a company the size of Google.  It is really laughable to think that difficulty of implementation might be the issue. The development cost should really be petty cash money for Google. To think otherwise would show a lack of familiarity with this type of software development at the very least or it would put a question mark on Google ability to manage software development at worst.

Any way, my recommendation to anyone running Linux boxes, and others for that matter too, is to look into Bitcasa and to make the small amount of effort required to adjust the install script if you are running a different flavour of linux than Ubuntu.  Bitcasa support is ace, by the way, should you need it for this. I have been running Bitcasa without any problems for a while now, on CrunchBang as my main box and a variety of other distros on secondary boxes. I have not encountered any issues at all and it is still completely free for any amount of data.  I am also running DropBox, for historical reasons and that has also been problem less as reported here many times.  By the way, I have looked in depth at the privacy issue with the unusual way that encryption is handled by Bitcasa and I have no issue with this. There are few cases where there could be a very minor vulnerability (it has to do with the storing of identical data and the ability to detect this for nefarious purposes. This is not an issue for me as privacy is of little concern when the original is already known by a third-party).

In a way I personally also feel better for using a company other than Google from a privacy perspective.

When I first replied to this thread I was hoping that it would become big and did mention it on Slashdot with that in mind.  I am glad to see that it has.


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Matthew Kercher 1/14/13 12:05 AM
http://drive4linux.com/

When people are making a petition for something, you know you're taking too long. XD
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 1/14/13 1:40 AM
Exactly! I've tired emailing all sorts of Google staff with this petition but I keep getting ignored. I think I will be on the phone next...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Xin Zheng 1/14/13 12:51 PM
Google is not young any more! 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Amir Ostad 1/14/13 8:55 PM
seriously its getting on my nerves
google DO it FAST
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Wilson Soethe Cursino 1/15/13 1:26 PM
So...is there a client yet? or you gave up already.... 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? anavarrog 1/15/13 3:05 PM
I agree with ZuNOB, I've been developing software for 17 years and from my point of view, this situation is clearly beyond the difficulties of software developing and looks like something bigger, something related to bussines decissions.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? A. J. R. Legits 1/17/13 5:28 PM
After reading this post, I decided to try a different service. I use both Google Drive and Ubuntu One, but I have various issues with both. I found this spreadsheet on Wikipedia, and while I realize that Wikipedia doesn't exactly have the reputation of being a reliable source, most of the information on that page appears to be accurate. I used the spreadsheet to decide on a service by process of elimination. I landed up with four: Dropbox, Bitcasa, SpiderOak, and Wuala. I'm currently downloading SpiderOak and Wuala to all of my devices to see which I like better (or to see if I hate them both).

Sorry, Google. Except not really.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sheehanje 1/17/13 7:03 PM
Thanks to the suggestions on this thread, I gave Bitcasa a try - excellent service, and will be well worth the $10 a month when they start charging...  Took a while for my files to sync up (almost 600GB), but once they got there I'm having no problems accessing them across devices (phone, linux box and windows pc)...   A few little glitches here and there, but no show stoppers.   Really hope they stick around for the long haul - unlimited space is great - can backup all my HD videos from my camcorder - and years worth of pictures... Really don't have to be too picky...   I would've stuck with Drive if google released a linux client, but adios - this was exactly what I was looking for - and for less money then I would've been paying with Google.  Highly recommended.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lee Maisel 1/20/13 7:35 PM
Google!! I mean WTF Already!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 1/21/13 7:00 AM
Did somebody try http://mega.co.nz ?
They give 50 GB for free.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Anderxale 1/21/13 8:45 AM
Just tried it.  Not the same thing as Google Drive or Bitcasa as there is not in-computer syncing.

Awesome service in theory, 50 GB for free in a browser-only drag and drop.  The 50GB was what enticed me to try it.

First off, you need to hack your way in to the service.  There is a check mark for agreeing to the terms of service that doesn't work the way they intend it to.  To get it to work you need to right click the link and open in a new window or tab.  You may then click the check-box in the sign up page.

They seem to have a real problem with forms because when signing in the "remember me" check-box also doesn't work.

The website then suggested I "upgrade" from my current browser to Google Chrome...  There is a check-box with a "don't show this message again" that doesn't work...

I then tried dragging a folder with 30GB+ of files into the online storage.  A section in the bottom became an uploading section that looked kind of nice.  It had speed, a status bar, hyper-link (to share the file) and more.  Unfortunately I can't speak of the speed or test any other aspect of the actual hosting because my uploads just disappear before any data is sent.

Maybe I ran into all this trouble because my browser wasn't Chrome but I can't trust a service with my data if they can't even handle FireFox
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 1/21/13 8:56 AM
Mega encrypts files in the browser before they're sent anywhere, so it makes sense they'd have tight requirements. On their blog, which is idiotically put in a place that appears to be only accessible to those with a Mega account, they had this to say:

MEGA pushes the browser to its limits, and these limits vary. While it does work with all major current browsers, there are some weighty feature and performance differences:
 
Google Chrome: The leading browser, by far. It implements the proposed HTML5 FileSystem API, allowing for fancy features such as recursive folder uploads and efficient downloads. Caveats: Requires user permission to batch-write files after a few unattended completed downloads (for security reasons, and only once per session). Slightly anaemic text rendering.
 
Internet Explorer 10: A solid, modern browser with blazing JavaScript performance (even exceeding Chrome's). However, until Microsoft fixes a memory leak in the Blob saving functionality, you have to close and reopen the MEGA tab every couple of hundred megabytes of inbound file transfer. And, until Microsoft implements disk-based Blobs or Chrome's FileWriter API, memory usage for a file download peaks at twice the file's size - hardly efficient.
 
Mozilla Firefox 18: Carefully avoids providing any API that would allow writing files from JavaScript.
 
Safari 6: No JavaScript file writing, either.
 
Internet Explorer 9: Lacks all essential features required for MEGA: File I/O, Web Workers, ArrayBuffers, and binary cross-domain HTTP access. Nice text rendering, though.
 
Opera: No JavaScript file writing and exceedingly slow JavaScript crypto operations.
 
Conclusion: If you are planning on using MEGA frequently, there is currently no alternative to using the most advanced browser currently in existence - Google Chrome.

That said, I probably won't have much use for Mega until they do the same thing we all want Google to do: come out with a desktop sync client that supports Linux. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 1/21/13 9:20 AM
The grass is hardly ever greener on the other side of the hill.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Luis Fernando Carvalho Cavalheiro 1/21/13 1:40 PM
Still working on it? Well, it looks like you at Google will ship a Drive client for GNU / Linux just when hell goes icy.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Wayne Abbott 1/22/13 9:49 AM
Ok, guys.  I figured out what the issue is with Drive for Linux.  They hired the Product Team that was working on Duke Nuke'm Forever back in the 1990s to take over Google Drive for Linux. They are using the same development schedule for the latter as they did for the former.  Hope this helps.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lattatude 1/22/13 4:24 PM
The Ubuntu One service seems to be the way to go if you want trusted cross platform cloud storage. The price is about the same and there are clients for Windows, Linux and OSX. I've been waiting for Google Drive for so long I just made the move instead... it's not the same though as there is no online application access and stuff like that (although there is a lowly web interface). Still the best way to go if you want cross platform file sync today.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? John Williams from Bluff 1/22/13 8:20 PM
Me too.  Everyone say "Me too", and let Google know how many of us there are. fr
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jørn Skifter Andersen 1/23/13 3:47 AM
Me too. Although i think it sucks that google is not responding. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? artux 1/23/13 4:05 AM
Me too. I'm beginning to withdraw from Google services in general. Still using Gmail and the search engine until I find an alternative.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lee Forest 1/23/13 10:07 AM
It ain't coming. They keep saying they are working on it, but it wouldn't have taken this long to put out a beta or something. Its now January, almost February. They would be the slowest developers in history if they are still working on it. Valve put together a Linux version of Steam just in the time since Google said they were releasing a Linux Google Drive. They even went as far as working with video driver developers and helped improve Linux graphics immeasurably. And Google still can't put out a Drive client? They are not working on it. I bet they are hoping we forget about it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Matthew@Work 1/23/13 10:24 AM
As much as I like drive, I'm not going to pay for additional storage without and available Linux client.


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 1/23/13 10:28 AM
If I'm going to give a company money and access to my data its going to be a company that takes my business seriously, not as an afterthought, and certainly not to a company that makes promises and doesn't follow through.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? broxen 1/24/13 12:49 AM
Hello Ine,

Any update to Google Drive for Linux?

Adding my voice to the masses.

I use Google Drive and Dropbox on my Chromebook, Windows and Linux machines (+Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus)... Would like to get rid of dropbox altogether, but I need full sync support across the board.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? AustinSHend 1/25/13 11:34 AM
+1 this.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lehcim-naej 1/25/13 4:33 PM
Why on earth does the stupid thing trqnsform my qwerty keyboard into an azerty one § Is it because my address is in France § WHere they stupid enough to do that § 

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Tomasz Białobłocki 1/27/13 9:19 AM
Google sux :/ no linux client? what r u thinkink about?!?!?!?!?!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dcweyh 1/27/13 9:29 AM
Just pulled the trigger on additional storage on Ubuntu One.  Can't wait forever and it works on all my platforms.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? S Hewa 1/27/13 3:06 PM
No google drive for Linux in January 2013.  Was google thinking the world would end in 2012?    SAD..
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 1/27/13 4:30 PM
In 3 months Google drive has been released a year ago, and still NO client.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Wil Langford 1/28/13 1:32 PM
It's been more than six months.  I'm running out of patience with DropBox and I'm almost completely out of patience with Drive.  While I'd like to pay Google to hold on to my stuff for me, I'm about to sign on with someone else.  I need support on Mac and Linux.  Windows support is nice, but it's not necessary for me.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Wil Langford 1/28/13 1:37 PM
Thanks for the heads up on Ubuntu One.  I wasn't aware of it before.

For all of us that are tired of waiting for Google to get around to supporting us, it's good to have options.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jay Kramer 1/28/13 2:02 PM
BitTorrent launches a Dropbox alternative with unlimited storage


jay
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 1/28/13 3:36 PM
... launches only for a small group of testers... and there is no word where the data is stored, except it is "not in the cloud".
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Raynes 1/31/13 2:28 PM
Google Drive shouldn't have even been released without a Linux version. I'm aware of Linux's small market share, but that's still a whole lot of contempt to direct at your service. I use Windows and OS X on a daily basis, and only occasionally ever work with Linux boxes but I am not switching from dropbox to GDrive until there is a Linux client. Why even release without it?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? madAndroid 2/3/13 1:46 PM
Hi Teresa,

Glad to hear it's still on the cards - any idea of an ETA? It's been over 9 months now ...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nick Ritar 2/4/13 3:42 AM
Still waiting
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 2/4/13 3:47 AM
I got sick of waiting so I decided to host my own OwnCloud instance instead. Don't need to wait for anyone any more as it's my own cloud!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Bill Ryder 2/4/13 10:29 AM
The good thing about no gdrive client for linux is I don't have to think about moving off dropbox.

Now I have dropsync for android which means I don't need to fiddle around with SD card backups, https://www.boxcryptor.com/ to encrypt it - which by the way works  in linux just using encfs - and my dropbox is available on every platform I use (windows, linux, android).

So thanks for leaving the linux client so late! I'll even be paying money to dropbox.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? bkfitz 2/5/13 6:17 AM
ChromeOS Drive integration is simply a link to the Drive web interface... but having said that, I can't believe there isn't a native linux drive app yet?  What is the latest status from Google Inc?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dariojcanelons 2/6/13 12:43 PM
Hi Teresa,

Any updates? Thanks
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? walec51 2/6/13 3:11 PM
A year has passed... Is there any update on this topic ?

If Linux support wont happen in the next 3 months then I'm moving back to Dropbox. And I'm a paying customer at GDrive.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 2/6/13 3:22 PM
As you can tell in the threads Google is ignoring the requests.

Best advice is to move on to a company that supports us.  I've been using Dropbox and very happy with it.  Nice support for Linux, Mac, Microsoft, iOS and Andriod.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 2/6/13 4:14 PM
This doesn't look really good to promote Google apps for business.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 2/7/13 1:03 AM
Realist, ... but no standalone online office suite (in Dropbox).
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Adam Walczak 2/7/13 1:56 AM
This doesn't look really good to promote Google apps for business.

Google apps for business is a joke. They can't even generate a proper invoice for their service.  They told me to print a Google Wallet screen instead ! My accountant is in bloodshed mode....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? planetf1 2/7/13 6:57 AM
Sigh - was hoping there'd be a linux version by now.

Others like dropbox, bitcasa have linux clients -- was really hoping to settle on gdrive (currently pay for extra storage) but the lack of linux support is a pain.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Scott Matics 2/8/13 10:44 PM
+1 - Need Google Drive for Ubuntu!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pablo Rodriguez Pina 2/8/13 11:11 PM
+1
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Rod Hurford 2/9/13 5:12 AM
+1  (its useless to me without it)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dcweyh 2/9/13 9:03 AM
I haven't tried it yet but looks promising.  I'd probably use something like inotify instead of cron.  I'll try to get to it this next week and report back.

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/introducing-grive
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Amin Bandali 2/11/13 5:10 PM
The fact that still there's no Google Drive client for Linux is getting annoying..
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Greg Miernicki 2/15/13 10:25 AM
Why has Google forsaken us?!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Levi White 2/15/13 2:48 PM
In the meantime... WINE.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CDE-UK 2/15/13 3:10 PM
have you actually tried, and managed to get google drive working on WINE? it doesnt work for me, nor have I found any other reports of it working else I'd be doing it myself.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Greg Miernicki 2/15/13 3:28 PM
Same here, running the latest dev version of Wine on Ubuntu 12.04 and no dice for me, just tried :(

I'd love to set this up with Wine if someone could tell us how its done!

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 2/15/13 3:43 PM
Because only a few % of the users are using linux and there is no reason to develop software for them

Am Freitag, 15. Februar 2013 19:25:31 UTC+1 schrieb triune:
Why has Google forsaken us?!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 2/15/13 3:44 PM
wine does not work with google drive

Am Freitag, 15. Februar 2013 23:48:33 UTC+1 schrieb Levi White:
In the meantime... WINE.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Yousef Alemiem 2/15/13 3:55 PM
Google cant release there client for linux thats makes no sence at least support every application you devolope for linux to  save the company from microsoft evil plan in the near future thats why users going to switch to linux platform wish is obvious for the switch by microsoft control user experince so please google do some work for linux like steam did
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 2/15/13 4:10 PM
Because only a few % of the users are using linux and there is no reason to develop software for them

No. If that was true, Dropbox and all the other, much smaller companies would not have developed for Linux. It made sense to them to develop for this "small" user base. The devoted their much more limited resources to developing a Linux client. This isn't the reason. 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Greg Miernicki 2/15/13 5:03 PM
I think I've figured out the real reason G hasn't made a G Drive client for Linux:

Most Linux users are developers and can code, so they are subtly trying to persuade them all to develop Chrome Apps that integrate into Drive so we can do everything we need to do in the browser instead of natively under Linux !!

(unknown) 2/15/13 6:41 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jeroen Meijer 2/18/13 11:57 AM
Google now is the time!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 2/18/13 1:23 PM
If Google is working on a major overhaul of Drive (that includes changes to the desktop client), that might explain both the delay, and their disinclination to give any sort of explanation.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dariojcanelons 2/18/13 1:25 PM
Crossing fingers
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dariojcanelons 2/18/13 1:25 PM
Crossing fingers
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kana1da 2/18/13 1:37 PM
Since I can't actually unsubscribe from this annoying thread, and i'm a programmer (Not google's) I'll tell it like it is.

a) Linux files are CASE SENSTIVE. Windows doesn't give a damn, so if you have 2 files in the same folder in linux:  a.txt and A.txt, synchronizing them to a windows machine is not possible out of the box, forcing either the program to keep one file out of the 2, or forcing windows users to install something nasty called services for UNIX which will make NTFS case sensitive. That's part of why it's complicated.

b) Linux has many different desktops (window managers), each one does whatever it wants to do in it's own way so making the UI look and act the same might not even be worth the effort.

c) If they were to do it, it would probably be best as some sort of background service, throwing messages inside some log that you could monitor via the command line, not some visual app in your desktop.

d) Their programmers probably don't need to be working on this because their boss has something more important for them to do. Nothing is going to change that, it's prioritizing man power.

e) Programmers don't give a damn if you fill threads complaints. All they will do is skim a few posts, think it's people's usual bs, maybe get a little irritated. Then move on to another thread.

f) You're getting something for free, don't be a douche. It's one thing if you're paying for it, and it's also another thing if you paid for it and needed the linux version and didn't even try to see if it existed yet.

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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 2/18/13 1:52 PM
If Dropbox can do it then so can Google! The UI's are different but the underlying filesystem and folder structures are exactly the same. The only personal talking BS here is you my friend. Google themselves use an Ubuntu derivative internally (Goobuntu I believe they call it).

Don't tar everyone with the same brush. The vast majority of people here are not complaining. They are simply asking for an update on if/when this will be happening. So please don't give everyone the blanket label of "douche" as the only person who is looking like a douche right now is you.

Linux is an emerging, fascinating and huge community, the least we deserve is to be given an update on what is happening since the Google Docs community manager herself (Teresa Wu) openly said on Google+ that "we're working on it". That was over a year ago. They can't dangle a carrot like that and then leave us hanging for over a year - it isn't fair and it isn't right.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? derekgordon 2/18/13 3:12 PM
I assume Google has quit giving a sheep about Linux?  I'm sick of having to use third party solutions for so many Google products on Linux.  Hell, it can't be that difficult to port over because most of them appear to use universal components.

Google, I paid you for space.  Make it worth my while.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Mike Stanley 2/19/13 9:53 AM
Any update on this?  
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? walec51 2/19/13 2:42 PM
@kanaida.bat:

I'm a paying customer. I heard a lie that the Linux client will soon come.

I don't care about Googles internal affairs. Dropbox and OwnCloud have Linux clients Google has not. PERIOD !

2 month from now I'm moving away from Google Drive if a Linux client wont appear.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Momus 2/20/13 12:16 AM
Well, Google Drive is here. On Kubuntu 12.10
But unlike on Windows it stores the files hidden somewhere :-(
So no easy way to use file manager to make local backup copies, etc...

And Chrome sucks on Linux badly!! Things like dragging bookmarks to a
bookmark  sub-folders, changing order, etc.. don't work at all.
Over the years Widows UI made a huge progress. But Linux Window Managers
keep going sideways....

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ruwan Jayaweera 2/20/13 12:33 AM
What do you mean by "Well, Google Drive is here. On Kubuntu 12.10"?

Because, Here(https://tools.google.com/dlpage/drive) (If your browsing from Linux) it shows as "Not (yet) supported for Linux."

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kamus Hadenes 2/20/13 6:54 AM
Having a hard time on this coding, huh?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? derekgordon 2/20/13 6:59 AM
Hahahaha.  Google having a hard time.  No, they just do not care about their paying customers because ad revenue is more than my measly $10/monthly or whatever it is.

Music Manager and other crap use Chrome as the backend on Windows and on Linux, right?  So if that's the case, why can't the same backend work for Drive as it does on Windows?  Or let's assume the backend is different entirely, why can't they use the same system they made for Music Manager like they did for Drive/Manager on Windows?

The solutions are there; Google has no interest in Linux.  

Maybe it's because of the possibility that Ubuntu will hit the Mobile and TV world.  This will drive away from Android.  So, why give the basic tools to the Ubuntu crowd that would detract from your product?

So many questions.  So zero answers.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lattatude 2/20/13 8:04 AM
I've found that Firefox has the same issues on some versions of Ubuntu with dragging and dropping bookmarks into folders. It's not just a Chrome thing.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? d3acon 2/20/13 12:56 PM
How long can it take to implement this client?

If they are not working on it, why can't they just say that they are not working on it? This way I would be pissed only once. Now I am pissed every time I am checking, whether it is available...

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? leftbas 2/20/13 6:08 PM
Yeah, this ain't cool. Google. Your services rock and are super convenient to use, but the lack of a Google Drive client for Linux, even one that we could compile, is kinda lame. We're coming up on a year since the Widows and MacOS versions came out. How the heck long is it going to take for a Linux client?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kamus Hadenes 2/20/13 9:17 PM
You guys got it, I'm wiping all my data and downgrading my account. No more Google Drive.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Glen Barrington 2/22/13 6:47 AM
To put it bluntly, I don't believe you. . .
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kamus Hadenes 2/22/13 6:55 AM
There you go.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Fernando Basso 2/23/13 3:28 AM
Please, we all want to see a linux client. :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pablo Rodriguez Pina 2/23/13 4:44 AM
Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Yee Dorris Lok 2/24/13 1:53 AM
Just wander when google will release the linux client for Drive. It has been over one year!!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? neovatar 2/25/13 2:04 AM
Any news about this? I would love to use Google Drive in Linux and even pay for it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Fishbowler 2/26/13 2:15 AM
Is this still the plan? Is it still in the works?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? tak2100 2/26/13 6:04 AM
It's 7 months later.  Any progress?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Alberto K 2/27/13 2:05 PM
Its 2013, any progress?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 3/1/13 4:41 PM
This is getting a bit stupid. No official client yet, i either have to trust an unknown 3rd party client with my account details and files, or use Dropbox.

 

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jeroen Meijer 3/2/13 1:36 AM
You can also use grive instead of insync, but that is kinda slow.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Dave1010 3/3/13 6:39 PM
Is there still one in the works?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Salatiel Filho 3/4/13 4:41 AM
Tired of waiting , using dropbox now .
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Edward Yu 3/6/13 4:40 AM
Linux support please !
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Derryck 3/6/13 4:49 AM
Still waiting for Linux version...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? James Martin 3/6/13 6:48 PM
Still in the works? Any updates would be helpful. Really don't want to migrate back to Dropbox...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/9/13 1:45 PM
http://drive4linux.com/who-signed/ tell everyone you know to stop bitching and start ass kicking , sign the petition . contact your media "tech" friends and ask them to raise the issue in the tech press. name and shame "google" enginerds on social media , contact your favorite podcaster and raise awareness of this "slackness"
contact "Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome & Apps" in person and ask whats happening.
search engines respond to trends as do all other analytics based systems , your a linux user write a script , crank up the volume.

if you want it, fight for it.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? 01micko 3/9/13 8:44 PM
http://01micko.com/blog/?m=201207

So I wrote a script, depends on grive and rox-filer...

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? och ach ach 3/17/13 12:15 AM
Hello teresa,
so how is the work going on?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ben Whitley 3/20/13 4:04 PM
ChromeOS, good point. Android though, I really don't want a Java version of Google Drive released lol
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Robert Hughes 3/21/13 12:16 PM
Dropbox works like a charm on my mobile phone, Linux computers and the windows computers here at home. Dont see what I would want with Google Drive when it soes not even support Linux. Pretty bad from a company like Google... , so people, join Dropbox !
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 3/21/13 3:08 PM
A problem is that many people do not seem to grasp that at the heart of GDrive is a standalone online office suite.  This makes it different to Dropbox, not only in features but also in function.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 3/21/13 4:07 PM
"A problem is that many people do not seem to grasp that at the heart of GDrive is a standalone online office suite.  This makes it different to Dropbox, not only in features but also in function."

True, but: 1) Third party apps from small startups can make GDrive work, why can't Google? 2) Google got this to work fine on Mac and Windows, what is so hard about making it work in Linux? 3) If there is some problem with Linux, why is the problem not present on Android? 4) This is Google, they are a mega corporation, they have the resources, and have had the time, nearly a year now, to figure out a "solution" to whatever the "problem" is 

And the most important, 5) Google is a company that has benefited greatly from the work done by the Linux community. Linux served as a foundation for Android, allowing Google to come and dominate the mobile market, and Chromebooks. Why does Google not only seem to refuse to present a solution for Linux users, but also refuse to even communicate with them? It's been nearly a year, I would think we deserve at least a "Howdy, we're still working on it, hang tight". I'd like a lot more definite than that, buts its been nearly a year since release without a wisper. I don't exactly feel like a "valued customer". 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 3/21/13 4:24 PM
Not to beat a dead horse, but Google refused to keep Reader or iGoogle going (didn't need any changes, just leave the servers turned on), just because they didn't have enough users. Why would I trust my files with Drive when there's a year old thread full of people begging for their system to be supported? Clearly, the number of people in this thread doesn't constitute enough to warrant a response.

Originally, I just wanted to be able to use Google Drive on my system. Now I'm not sure I want to.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? leftbas 3/21/13 4:35 PM
Don't be ridiculous. First, there are  plenty of Windows and MacOS users who are benefiting from a native Drive client. It's just us Linux users that Google seems to be ignoring. Second, Drive still works from the web. I've been using it since before they changed the name, and I find it to be useful and secure. And third, there are lots of corporate users using Google Drive under the name of Google Apps. Just because Google haven't gotten a native Linux client working for Drive doesn't mean the whole thing is going to disappear one day.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 3/21/13 4:37 PM
...said everyone about all the other popular Google services that have since been killed.

To clarify, I'm not saying I think that Google Drive is going to disappear tomorrow. But it is worrying that they can let so many users go ignored for so long.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? leftbas 3/21/13 4:46 PM
Very funny. You must be equally worried about Gmail, Calendar, Maps and YouTube. There's constructive commentary, and there's whining. You sound like you're whining.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 3/21/13 4:49 PM
It's hard to ask for the same thing on a near daily basis for 8 months straight and *not* sound like you're whining. This wasn't a whiny discussion half a year ago when it still looked like Linux support was just over the horizon.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? broxen 3/21/13 5:36 PM
On Tuesday, July 17, 2012 7:01:13 AM UTC-7, Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager wrote:
> Hi everyone - Google Drive for Linux is still in the works. Thanks for following up with us!

8 months later... Has there been any progress on this? Many users run multiple operating systems in their tech ecosystem. Plus, Google uses its own internal flavor of Ubuntu... What solutions exist for those internal users and when can we see an actual native client for Drive on Linux?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dcweyh 3/22/13 9:26 AM
I'd bet there is a client on some hard drive within Google they just haven't rolled it out.  Hard to say what's going thru the Google mind.

Just sayin...

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/22/13 9:30 AM
http://drive4linux.com/ sign the petition #

re tweet chant etc - tell everyone you know to start googling "google drive linux" once an hour - by hand or by script upto you - ask the google people directly - google them and contact them.
(google drive blog) lists them..

make some democratic NOISE , ask your podcaster to ask a question - ask your tech journalist friend to ask a question..

if your a paid drive user raise a tech support ticket*

keep asking questions and keep searching till they listen.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? och ach ach 3/22/13 9:40 AM
thats one way to do it other one is here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_online_backup_services

just pick one that got all features needed by you
i did. no more paid google drive and i have been patient for a long long time

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 3/22/13 9:44 AM
OR

Use Copy - it's much better, doesn't have the docs integration but you can get 10GB of storage for free and 5GB per referral! https://copy.com?r=SbeMFJ

I've given up on Google Drive, but I will keep the "Drive4Linux" site live as it's important for many other people.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/22/13 10:00 AM
ask the engineer with the code to leak it?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/22/13 10:09 AM
most of these are ok, but i want super infrastructure thats not going down* because of 'a monkey in the server room' - i want it on all platforms - and that means ALL , most of these companies i dont trust with data or privacy.
(spideroak is ok)

i want a native deb package for linux that we can all use.

not a kludge not a work around they have had enought time,
its time to call them out.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kev Quirk 3/22/13 10:13 AM
Copy has all of the above. It's made by barracuda networks. So their infrastructure is rock solid. They also have clients for all OS's like Dropbox. .deb installers are fine, but installing vis repo is much better and easier IMHO.

It boils down to that fact that we're the minority. So yo can't have your cake and eat it. Company's are going to lean towards what makes them more money...obviously, and at the moment that isn't Linux.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 3/22/13 10:18 AM
Best advice, do what I did moved on.  Google has shown it's not interested so I vote with my pocketbook.  I went to Dropbox which supports Mac, MS, Linux and Android.  You're worried about security?  A lot of Enterprises use Dropbox for their Data Storage so they are very reputable.

Google has shown and continues to show they don't give a $h!|.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 3/22/13 10:22 AM
Why?

Move on and vote with your pocket book, I did.  Dropbox supports all, very reliable and secure.

I'm not going to sit here and complain to deaf ears that Google has shown it has.  The only thing they will understand is $$$$$ when the $$$$$ are going to someone that actually listens ya know ;)

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 3/22/13 10:38 AM
Och ach ach, you did the right thing moving away from GDrive as backup service.  (It is not a safe backup service and does not claim to be.  It cannot be by virtue of its 2-way synchronisation alone -- which is needed for other capabilities -- but that is not the only reason.)  Just do not make the mistake of moving to another one that is also not a dedicated backup service.

The backup provider list posted by och ach ach is slightly misleading as it contains a number of companies that are not safe backup providers (though they provide file storage space in the cloud).  I certainly do not know all the names mentioned, but Mozy and Carbonite are two dedicated services. However, I would be careful of Carbonite as its file-restore capability has been heavily criticised (check out some forums!).  MozyPro is probably better compared to Mozy.  In all cases it is important to check (1) restore capability -- pretty useless if you have date loss and restoration fails and (2) it can handle what you need, like external HDDs, NAS's, mail servers etc.

One thing is certain.  A good service will not be free unless, perhaps, the data volume is very low.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? och ach ach 3/22/13 12:27 PM
If u ask me i choosed wuala which got a lotta more client functionality (for example on android gdrive i couldnt download folder, set any folder to be on cloud and lotta more), is encrypted, green hosted etc etc.

it might be pocket money but its not going to google and maybe just maybe one day they will feel it (when houndreds of anonymous ochachs will drop google drive)

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 3/22/13 12:36 PM
Most of the people who will drop GDrive are those who only need a file storage service and do not really understand the functionality of GDrive.  Yes, GDrive appears to have some genuine issues (as opposed to those created by people making errors) but they are not a deal-breaker for most people since they mostly relate to some synchronisation issues.  You can use GDocs perfectly well without even the GDrive app for desktop installed.

On top of that is the hope that any real problems are solved eventually.  Certainly the online suite is evolving all the time.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Matthew@Work 3/22/13 1:09 PM
I use GDrive because I want cross platform file sharing AND the online tools. But more of the competition is publishing hooks so many online tools work with multiple storage providers.

The online office suite is evolving, but it's way behind the MS offering. I really wonder what Google is thinking with GDrive, it really seems like a half done beta at this point.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 3/22/13 4:11 PM
SkyDrive is MS Office based and, I think you are tethered to it.  Don't you have to have MS Office on the desktop to make it work properly?  GDocs are standalone and can be downloaded into a variety of file formats.  Similarly, MS Office and O/LO files can be converted to GDocs.

It seems to me that the only fairly direct comparison is with ZoHo, with which I am not familiar.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 3/22/13 4:52 PM
Absolutly wrong!
I dropped GDrive because they will not support what I spend 99% of my time in, Linux.  There are other options that I currently not only use but "pay" for because they serve my needs.  What is that?  Dropbox who has a native client for Linux, Windows, Andriod, OSX and iOS.  

I'm tired of "empty" promises and vaporware, I use a service that is platform agnostic, quality and suits my needs along with major enterprise environments.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 3/22/13 5:17 PM
For those who use Google drive through an paid Google apps account, even on the "free " tier, they are technically paying for it too, and it is one of the core services entitled to support. And they can't pay less for opting out of that service...
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Pingtux 3/23/13 5:08 AM
That was a joke, wasn't it?
Is it still in the works?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? neovatar 3/23/13 3:31 PM
Thanks for the hint about Copy, I did not know that service. Been trying it for a few days now and it seems solid and stable. I also wrote a script to create Debian packages from the official tgz installer.

You can find the script on github: https://github.com/neovatar/copycom2deb

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? MasterGeek 3/23/13 5:54 PM
I've got a relative who is a Google developer. I saw him over Christmas, and my first question was about Google Drive for Linux. He said he's just as annoyed about it as the rest of us. Like all the other Google developers, his work computer runs linux, but he doesn't have access to any special developer beta clients or what not. I asked him if he knows anything about when the linux client is going to be released, but he said that I knew as much as he did. Of course, he doesn't work on Drive, and things could have changed in the three months since when I last saw him. However, it seems as if not even the Google developers (not working on Drive) have any idea of when the linux client is going to be released.

I'm a very loyal Google user, and to be honest I can survive without a linux client for the time being, as I can just modify the files in my Google Drive folder on my Windows partition and then start Windows when it's time to sync. However, this wait is starting to get outrageous. Being a programmer, I know from experience that linux is far easier to develop for/on than both Windows and Mac. It's why Google's developers develop on a linux distro. On top of that, Google has already released another program for linux that does pretty much half the work that the Google Drive client has to do: the Google Music Manager. The Google Music Manager uploads your music library to Google's cloud, and will continue to scan the filesystem after that for changes so that any more songs you add to your library will also be uploaded. So basically, all the Google developers have code is syncing from the cloud to the hard drive. Even the GUI for the linux version of Google Music Manager looks almost the same as the Windows version of Google Drive. The developers at Google are good at what they do, but I don't see how it can be so hard for them to code a Drive client for linux. If I'm completely wrong and there is something holding up the project, I don't see why Google has to keep such a tight lip on it. It's not like Google's going to lose money just because they admit they're held up and say why they're taking so long--except if it's because Google doesn't care enough about the *nix community to get this thing out, in which case they WILL lose a lot of money. In fact, if Google DID reveal what's preventing them from coding this, I'm sure the linux community would be glad help. And programming help from the most tech-savvy community in the world isn't to be taken lightly. If it's a bug with some random library or even the linux kernel itself that's holding them up, many of the people who are posting on this forum are the same people who Google would talk to to have the bug fixed.

If a linux cilent just isn't a high priority to Google right now and can't be expected for some time, Google would be doing a service to its customers to be a little more specific about when we can expect a linux client released. Even just saying that they won't ever be releasing a linux client would be better than making loyal users like me wait for an unknown time. If it's going to be a long wait, I'm sure that a lot of people will switch to dropbox for a while, but I'm also sure that more of those people will also switch back once the linux client is released. Google may never release time tables for their software updates, but this isn't exactly an 'update'. This is a promise that they made to their users that has been stretched to breaking. If we have to wait much longer than a few more weeks, Google needs to tell us exactly if and when they're going to fulfill their promise.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/24/13 6:09 AM
the petition http://drive4linux.com/
the google+ https://plus.google.com/communities/100446867756401132394
the twitter https://twitter.com/GDrive4Linux
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? och ach ach 3/24/13 6:33 AM
I remember petition, google+ #gd4l etc etc, how long the site is up now?
Did it change anything? No, it didn't.

Google will provide gdrive4linux eventually when the loss of users using cloud will get to them ($). Petition won't do the trick

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/25/13 6:56 AM
I've been leading Google Drive for over three years now. :)

Google Drive for Linux is indeed in progress. We don't talk publicly about release timelines so I can't provide more detail on that. Thanks for your patience!

sj

https://plus.google.com/+ScottJohnston/about

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/25/13 6:57 AM
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dariojcanelons 3/25/13 7:10 AM
+sapien_red, thanks for posting Scott's reply :) +1
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Matthew@Work 3/26/13 4:51 AM
Yes SkyDrive is MS Office based, but you're not tethered to it.
I use the web version from my Linux computer all the time.
The office suite is better than Google Docs.

I know Microsoft won't support a Linux client anytime soon, but it doesn't seem like Google will either.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? 01micko 3/26/13 5:16 AM
Could be that you are getting some heat from the competitors? https://www.ox.io/ox_text ??? (where's the damn link button? )

So Scott, please tell us what is so different about Android and Chrome (OS) as is to any other Linux base distribution, including Goobuntu that causes such problems in developing a Drive client for the unwashed masses?

rgds

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? 01micko 3/26/13 6:08 AM
Yeah, yeah.. know about AUFS, Guppy and all that legacy stuff... (re previous msg)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 3/26/13 9:48 AM
Matthew, don't you need MS Office on your desktop to operate SkyDrive at optimum level.  Does it work if I don't have MS Office locally but, say, O/LO or something else?

01micko, I followed the link.  What is the big deal about OX?  Only word processing, no spreadsheets etc.
"main focus is on reducing the complexities of text editing" - does that mean the word processor has less features than Google Docs?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? leftbas 3/26/13 9:52 AM
A very well-written and thoughtful post.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Matthew@Work 3/26/13 10:06 AM
I've just used the web version of SkyDrive Office, it is pretty decent, much more complete than Google Docs office.
I'm comparing both on a Linux machine and the Chrome browser.
From what I hear SkyDrive office works just fine from a Chromebook.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 3/26/13 10:26 AM
Matthew, I don't doubt that the web-based apps are fancier than the GDocs equivalents but can one interchange freely with at least one or two non-MS apps on the desktop.  That, to me, is one great benefit of GDocs.  Although I run a good fraction of docs as online masters, I download a copy into MS Office of every one as a 'backup'.

The point is, could I do that if I did not have MS on my local machine?  And can I share and replicate as easily as with GDocs across many devices?  (I don't personally do much beyond sharing online docs with a few people at present.)

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? MasterGeek 3/26/13 10:49 AM
While this may be true, the point of these online productivity tools like Google Docs and the SkyDrive version of MS Word isn't to be as feature-rich as the full MS Office suite, but to provide collaboration features (like you and your buddy editing the same file at the same time). In this, Google Docs is the undisputed king. When I need more features in my word processor, I use either the full version of MS Office or vim. When I'm writing an essay, though, I rarely ever need to use all the features that MS Word provides, and Google Docs works just fine. The collaboration features are the deciding point for me. Now, if you're going to discuss a tool like Excel, then I agree that you're stuck with the MS Office version, but then you'd need to use the full pay-for version of MS Office and not the online version, right?

Also, there's one other difference between Google Docs and SkyDrive Office: Google Docs can convert Office documents to Google Docs equivalents without leaving the Google Docs interface. SkyDrive cannot convert Google Docs to Office equivalents. Of course, Google Docs is compatible with A LOT more more productivity apps besides just office (OpenOff--oops, 'Libre'Office, PDF, etc.). I don't know if SkyDrive Office is compatible with a range of formats like Google Docs, but I don't think they are.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 3/26/13 11:04 AM
"I don't know if SkyDrive Office is compatible with a range of formats like Google Docs"

That is my question.  I thought I saw a possibility to download from SkyDrive into O/LO but I had also read you need MS Office on the desktop for the full benefit (hence my earlier comment about being "tethered").

I think the problem for MS is that if SkyDrive becomes truly standalone and compatible, it will undermine Office sales (obviously...).
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 3/26/13 11:43 AM
Hi Steven,
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Matthew@Work 3/26/13 11:49 AM
Yes we know they're "working on it".

But really it shouldn't be that hard, they already have a Windows client, it shouldn't take that long to throw together a Linux client.

I'm not sure what sort of kick they need to actually get it done.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Amos Folarin 3/27/13 3:59 AM
I give up, I've been waiting too long now. Has anyone tried either of these?
Insync or Gdrive?

http://www.howtogeek.com/130380/how-to-use-google-drive-on-linux-2-unofficial-solutions/

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? och ach ach 3/27/13 4:06 AM
RE @Amos

I did. You can try but it's not stable.
If you want to get it working it will take some time and might not work as expected.

And insync will have only paid version after beta.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Rick Jameson 2 3/27/13 9:21 AM
Yeah I can't believe this. I just started using Drive because of my school's Gmail system, and I use Linux mostly for PyRoom because it's fricking amazing. I was literally shocked that I couldn't find the "Download GoogleDrive for Linux" link in my Chrome browser. WTF Google? Is it that difficult? I guess I'll have to look into Dropbox since one of my teachers has us using that anyway. I'd like to have one cohesive spot, and Google Docs is an obvious bonus to using Drive, but if I can't use my Linux lappy then ughh.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Dominik Zogg 3/27/13 4:17 PM
If you are willing to pay (9.90$, ones) you can use this: https://www.insynchq.com
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Scott Patrick 3/30/13 9:12 AM
And now it's April 2013 ...is it STILL in the works ?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 4/1/13 7:40 AM
you can get involved in the global protest here:-

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100446867756401132394/stream/cbcac359-e41d-4d8c-9940-45d09cb32da7

and sign the petition here
http://drive4linux.com/who-signed/

last news on the issue is here
https://plus.google.com/u/0/110524218147052229117/posts/CmX9xnt5vUK

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 4/6/13 3:05 PM
Google hit back at petition organizer https://plus.google.com/u/0/107532714495314593816/posts/MXyiQwV7qQ3
http://drive4linux.com/who-signed/ 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? rashdanml 4/8/13 7:59 AM
Well, speaking of other cloud storage solutions with Linux support: https://www.copy.com/home/ They're having a promotional "Get 5GB" for both referrer and referee on successful invite. I just heard of it recently.

Part of me wonders if they're holding off on an official announcement due to Android 5.0 coming out. Logically, Drive would be their best option to integrate more Cloud storage services into Android, and any other Drive enhancements (Linux support) will also be announced at the same time. -shrug- Pure speculation.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ALAYA_ 4/17/13 11:26 PM
I am very disappointed in the lack of interest Google has shown to the linux users and community.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 5/1/13 4:03 PM
OMG Did we miss the one year anniversary? Drive was released one year ago last Wednesday! Did anyone do anything special to celebrate? I, for one, uncoupled myself from Google. Google Now is turned off on my phone, Chrome for Android is not signed in, I switched to Firefox, now use Thunderbird instead of the Gmail client. Of course I'm using Ubuntu One for files. I have a Firefox extension to block ad content generally, and make sure Google AdSense is always blocked. I still use Google for search, but I do my best to make to do so anonymously. Google, you don't have to support us, and I don't have to support you by giving you my data!

Hope everyone else had a nice 1 year anniversary.  Don't know how I'm going to top myself next year. Maybe a Ubuntu or Firefox based phone and switching to Bing?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 5/1/13 4:10 PM
Wow, it's been a year already? It seems like not too long ago I still had hopes there would actually be a Linux client for Google Drive. Now I've been left a bitter, cynical old man who wouldn't want to switch to Google Drive now anyway. Other services keep getting better and adding new things; Google Drive still won't run on my computer.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 5/1/13 4:24 PM
Happy one year anniversary.
(hehehe)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? 01micko 5/2/13 3:50 AM
No drive for Linux. That's it folks. G is not interested. No dough in it so no effort from them. Yes Google.. you have become "them".  }:^(

Hmm.. shut down my G+? ... maybe. I don't have anything mission critical dependent on it. As for a search engine, well.. maybe I'll make one myself. :P (Julian Assange did, command line too.)

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Maciej Miklas 5/13/13 10:59 PM
still nothing.... this really sucks!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 5/13/13 11:15 PM
destroying their profits is a good start. so it's been well over year and no word fron Google yet. in the amount of time it's taken small startups like dropbox and a dozen or more similar companies, Google, the company that is rolling out gigabit lines, self driving cars, and internet enhanced glasses, they are still unable to state a timeline let alone release ac product for linux.

it would be a different story if they had said no thanks. you're market isn't big enough. but they didn't, they said "hang tight". why? because they want loyalty to their brand.

they figure as long as these

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 5/13/13 11:26 PM
they figure as long as these dumbshit open source people believe we are building them a client they will fall in line and support us like we told them to.

they used the work of countless people developing an open source os. they took that from us, repurposed and rebranded it,and are now making billions of dollars off it.

and they can't give back to the
community that enabled them to fight Apple in the mobile space by simply giving us a product we crave, that weare willing to spend money on.

Google looks at all the linux community has done for it as a company and says

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 5/13/13 11:40 PM
Google doesn't care abut about us, either as consumer or contributes to the code base that made themprofitable.

they are happy to take from us and give nothing in return. not even a timeline.

I suggest you all follow suit. stop waiting on Google to love you, and love yourself. seek out the companies that support your needs and that don't treat you as a second class citizense because of the os you use .

otherwise your just buying into Google's plan of Windoes or max or bust

in closing , fuck Google drive, at this point you couldn't pay me enough to use it


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? vinit pandey 5/25/13 10:12 PM
almost one year has gone and still no support for Linux :(
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 5/26/13 2:14 PM
FWIW, a Google engineer who works on the Drive SDK _promised_ me on G+ that a Linux client is going to happen.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nigel Duncan 5/26/13 5:16 PM
..and they "PROMISED" a year ago it was a priority?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? FizzerUK 5/29/13 2:39 AM
1 year later in works...  :(
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 5/29/13 11:53 AM
Hogwash!

Case sensitivity?  My company provides an enterprise solution to sync, store and serve up files on both *nix and CIFS file systems, it's not difficult.  

Desktops?  It's all about the kernel which is linux and the tool set surrounding the kernel which is GNU, all the different distros do is roll up and use their package manager.  Just write it using GTK or QT libraries, they can easily be run on most all distros.

Dropbox and others have been providing a plugin for Linux, Windows, Mac and Android for a long time now.

Google has no excuse, that's why I moved on to Dropbox months ago and I'm happy and prefer to give them my money since they listen.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 5/31/13 1:20 PM
On the bright side, we will all be remembered as part of one of the biggest and longest running Google product threads in Google groups probably.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? rashdanml 5/31/13 2:02 PM
Seeing as most people here are Linux folks, I might as well part this here. OwnCloud is a nice piece of software to create your own private cloud. Both server and desktop sync clients are fully supported on Linux, you control the storage (1TB costs very little, don't need fancy raid setups), and had all the lovely features that dropbox and drive have (except maybe shared editing).

I plan on doing it once I save up some money and set up a cloud/media server. I haven't quite worked out the details.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 6/1/13 7:02 AM
http://drive4linux.com/who-signed/ 1900
bit.ly/gd4l-petition 539
bit.ly/gd4l-com 253

*cough* not done yet ;)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? jmtremblay 6/18/13 4:14 PM
Ok so its been a year...Now 2013 what's new and when!!! I use Chrome and all other Google product love them,including Android.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? jeffrey.anderson 6/18/13 10:11 PM
Is there a client now? It has been almost a year since this post, and this was the #1 search result for "gdrive client for linux"

Thanks!
Jeff

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 6/18/13 10:27 PM
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100446867756401132394

pssst .. ninjas over here __> bit.ly/gd4l-petition :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Patrick Antolak. 7/8/13 10:20 PM
It is just shy of a year now since you posted that Linux is still in the works... WHERE IS IT? I think 1 years is more then enough time to have this up and running by now for linux users!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 7/8/13 10:32 PM
We should get used to the idea that it isn't going to happen.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? YouTube Pushka Gib'en 7/9/13 12:34 AM
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/08/insync-brings-google-drive-to-ubuntu

Insync for Drive / Ubuntu

An open letter to Google: Please release a native Ubuntu Drive Sync; love, the internet.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 7/9/13 1:22 AM
insync lol - 6 guys in an office in a shopping mall in singapore
not exactly a world class secure middleman for my data
with google no thanks , im not joking ;(

https://www.insynchq.com/about
2 Jurong East 21
#03-168 @IMM Building
Singapore,  609601
SG

drop the address into street view and have a walk around ;)
the first gangster to hit them, will get access to everything in your cloud.

open letter?
try a worldwide petition and action group
bit.ly/gd4l-petition
bit.ly/gd4l-com

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 7/9/13 1:23 AM
Scott Johnston (Director of Product Management for Google Drive)
18 Jun 2013  "The Drive for Linux team is locked in a dungeon and isn't allowed out (or to eat lunch) until it is launched"

last news from google ;)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 7/9/13 1:27 AM
Whatever, they could say anything they want, at this point i don't believe it anymore.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 7/9/13 1:28 AM
And they sure are not going to win my sympathy after over ONE YEAR of waiting by writing jokes.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Alex Slater 7/9/13 1:29 AM
it's a bit much expecting Google to produce functioning Linux software. They can't even handle a functioning discussion forum which handles unsubscribes. I left this group months ago, having dumped drive for the superior Dropbox, but I'm still getting posts from it. I can't unsubscribe again because it tells me I'm not a member and when I try and join it says I'm already a member. I mark the emails as spam but some make it into my inbox regardless. obviously there's no response to my bug reports. Google really have jumped the shark, haven't they.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ★GA★ 7/10/13 7:20 AM
Am Dienstag, 17. Juli 2012 16:01:13 UTC+2 schrieb Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager:
Hi everyone - Google Drive for Linux is still in the works. Thanks for following up with us!
 


 
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? kc0hwa 7/11/13 1:56 PM
Is there going to be a GOOGLE DRIVE software for Linux
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nic Stevens42 7/16/13 11:50 PM
Not exactly FOSS there is it?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Tor Arne Thune 7/21/13 6:49 AM
Anxiously awaiting the Linux client. If you need a few extra coding hands, Google, feel free to contact me. I'd work on this on my spare time, for free.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? kesedejulio 8/15/13 6:39 AM
I gave up GDrive. I use Dropbox. I tired of waiting!!!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 8/15/13 10:59 AM
You need to realize that it ain't gonna happen, Google doesn't care.  I moved on to Dropbox close to a year ago, they have a great product AND they listen to their customers, unlike Google.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Lee Forest 8/15/13 11:16 AM
Yea. I called it a long time ago. Knew it wasn't going to happen. Bittorrent sync and dropbox offer better services anyways. Time to retire this sad excuse of a cloud service.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 8/15/13 9:44 PM
Im sure at this point nobody is under some delusion that Google has this as any kind of priority. I doubt they even have an intern on it. This should just convert to a thread shitting on Google for not giving anything back to the community that helped them gain huge ground in the mobile market (Android is based on linux). People used to make fun of me for how much I loved google products. Today, Google is a company I very much dislike, and will only use when I absolutely have to. I would have been pissed if Google had said that they didnt plan to build a Linux client, really pissed, but not as pissed as I am being strung along this long. Its like, being turned down for a date compared with someone making excuses (Im not feeling well, grandma is sick) for several months, hell at this point getting on the better part of a year and a half.

Everyone has mentioned Dropbox, which is great. Go put your money with companies that actually value you as a customer and your choice of OS. Just want to plug a company that really cares about Linux. Check out Ubuntu One. I'm happy with it, I use dropbox too.

And Google, fuck you.
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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 8/16/13 1:03 AM
we give up, we are feeble linux
we cry and we go home...

psst , over here bit.ly/gd4l-com

and were all outta gum.. :)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? 01micko 8/16/13 1:45 AM
+1
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? 01micko 8/20/13 6:11 PM
https://plus.google.com/112893701314508522131/posts/gkmKycjuGUX

"+Kelly Lee appreciate you and the several others passionate about #drive4linux , but it's something the team is still working on without a timeline to share at this point. ", said by +Google Drive this very day.

Is this a tease? I understand Teresa Wu is not on the case for Drive PR any more but involved with Project Glass..

Anyone? (from Google)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DanH1420 8/21/13 1:36 PM
I'm now seeing a similar reaction in Chrome for LInux, which is currently using the same release numbers as Chrome on other platforms, but is seriously lagging behind in features that are "coming soon" which have been available to Windows users for ages.

I'm still a fan of many of Google's products and services, but I'd appreciate not being jerked around like this. Either support Linux or don't. All I want to hear is a solid date.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? broxen 8/21/13 8:26 PM
Just wanted to point out that there are 23 Pages on this discussion
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? FizzerUK 8/22/13 3:04 AM
23 pages of posts falling on death ears.....

I honestly don't understand why Google of all people are not promoting / supporting OpenSource software with thier products.

It's not like they don't have Linux/Debian/UNIX gurus, most of tier infrastructure runs on custom opensource kernels.

TBH I was really really shocked to find that they don't have a Linux client.

This is 1 company I almost thought it would have been a given to....

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jon Maynard 8/26/13 8:08 AM
Google, when are we going to get a Google Drive client for Linux?  We are a Google Apps for Business Customer.  Our Developers are primarily using Ubuntu.  Other people are switching to Ubuntu as well.  I hear that a lot of the people at Google use Goobuntu.  Do you all not have a Google Drive client for your employees?  Can you please provide an estimate as to when we will have a Google Drive client?  Thanks
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Xiao Sun 8/26/13 6:47 PM
what's Linux?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 8/26/13 7:28 PM
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:47:40 AM UTC+8, Xiao Sun wrote:
> what's Linux?

It is a snopfurl, except that it does not come in green and it does not have fins, of course.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? CrazzzyBudha 8/26/13 8:47 PM
To anyone that isn't angry yet. 1. this isn't hard, dropbox and half a dozen other platforms provide Linux support, with the resources of Google, if they wanted to do it they could. 2. they haven't offered more than a vague "it's coming" in over a year. 3. they owe the Linux community. but for Linux, there would be no android. but for Linux there would be no chrome os. 4. there is demand. check out this thread. check out Linux usage stats. check out the 12 million dollars ubuntu users pledged for a phone that doesn't exist. there is tons of paying demand.


it's simple. Google doesn't value you.Google will take from you and give nothing back. Google will use you and leave you wanting, for no reason. they just don't care. your not worth the effort to even respond to.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Maciej Miklas 8/30/13 4:58 AM
google is using SharePoint ;)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? walec51 8/30/13 5:16 AM
Everyone just move to an other service. GDrive is a terrible service. Its the one of the few that doesn't support Linux and also it often crashes Windows. There have been may bugs since it lunched and some people lost a lot of files.

Besides try to use it commercially in your company... they don't even know how to generate a proper invoice for their services. They told me to save a screen shot from Google Wallet ... ye... the tax people will honor this for sure...

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? anavarrog 8/30/13 7:28 AM
I think it's time now to stop complaining, GDrive team is clearly ignoring us so, start moving to competitors services and say goodbye to GDrive, you're not valuable (or profitable) for them, accept the fact. And don't forget how you've been treated (or ignored).
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? sapien_red 8/30/13 9:10 AM
when they tell us to get lost (linux) we can tell them to get lost (android development) and anything
else they want us to do.

were not finished "calling them out" yet ;)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Simon Rodan 9/7/13 3:43 PM
Dear Scott Johnston

Forgive me - but I think it's not a great idea from a PR point of view to make light of the fact that Google has been keeping a very large number of people waiting for a year or more - it's so long I've lost track.

I use Linux for work and my employer uses googledocs/drive. Economic network effects mean that I can't use Dropbox. So I have little choice but to wait (and Insync has some bugs).

Compounding the frustration of the delay, Google refuses to make any statements other than to periodically string the Linux community along; perhaps Google's employees find it amusing to yank peoples' chains, but from this side of the fence it's really not that funny.

The sporadic utterances of "it's coming" are becoming increasingly less credible with each passing month; it's obviously not a technical problem, so it can only be a strategic / marketing calculus to not release (or devote any resources to) the Linux client.

I've asked it before (and got no answer) but I'll ask again: how many developers and what proportion of their time is devoted to this?

My suspicion is that it's one person with 10 higher priority tasks, so it gets 5 minutes attention a week if we're lucky.

Some more concrete information would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely

Simon Rodan

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jørn Skifter Andersen 9/8/13 4:44 AM
I have started to use copy.com. Because the amount of GB they give free (15GB) suites my needs. Compared to dropbox etc. And it works on all platforms. Inkluding Linux.

If you want to try and feel like adding 5GB to my account use this link. https://copy.com?r=iY6KIb

Otherwise just go to copy.com :-)

An alternative is to use FUSE. There is a good tutorial here. And it is not only command line like Grive.

http://www.webupd8.org/2013/09/mount-google-drive-in-linux-with-google.html

**** text snippet ****
Among its features are full read/write support for regular files and folders, multiple account support, duplicate file handling as well as access to the Google Drive trash directory. google-drive-ocamlfuse also provides read-only access to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, which its converts to ODT, ODS of PDF (this can be configured).

google-drive-ocamlfuse is still under testing so while it works pretty well, you may encounter bugs. For instance, in my test, some Google documents weren't converted for some reason.
**********************


/Skifter

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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Dave Haines 9/16/13 10:31 AM
Well this has been a post that is 2 months old with no viable Linux Google drive.  I guess we will all have to use either Dropbox or Ubuntu One, both are limited space, 1 is limited to OS possibly.

I really liked using Insync http://insynchq.com but it is a free trial version.  It is only 9.99 which I might suck it up and pay for because it allows for multiple Gdrive accounts.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? jason.fuller 9/23/13 2:48 PM
I'm assuming the reason you haven't stated a release date is because it going to happen on the same day as the first day of Chinese democracy and GMs flying car.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? jason.fuller 9/23/13 2:52 PM
thanks!  I'm going to move my entire office to copy.com
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Maciej Miklas 9/24/13 3:32 AM
or few years? ;)  is there anything new ?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 9/24/13 4:54 AM
Its never going to happen.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Artur Wrona 9/24/13 8:44 AM
Why not you publish source code of googledrive client, on git or svn? Why not you have of confidence to community of open-source developers?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Braden T 9/30/13 5:36 PM
I've given up on google drive app ever coming to linux. So I use Insync, which works better than the google drive app for Windows.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Yorwos 10/1/13 3:48 AM
On Tuesday, 17 July 2012 15:01:13 UTC+1, Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager  wrote:
> Hi everyone - Google Drive for Linux is still in the works. Thanks for following up with us!

Hello, do you have any news on this?

Thank you!

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Niall Dowdell 10/1/13 7:00 AM
I'm guess no... It would be nice to hear something after nearly a year with no development.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Christopher Carr 10/1/13 1:27 PM
Music Manager is sort of half a sync client. Google Drive for Linux is still supported -- in fact, the most recent update (several months back, I think) fixed the most serious problems (fonts and log in issues) -- and obviously Chrome for Linux exists.

The only thing that makes sense to me is that they're planning to get away from *all* desktop Drive sync clients, in favor of a Chrome "packaged app." There are rumors of a Google Play Music packaged app that will monitor local directories without the need for a native Music Manager, and let you play local music offline --- if/when this is unveiled, I think that will strongly suggest a similar direction for Drive.

If I'm missing something about the technical feasibility of this, feel free to let me have it.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nathan Gautrey 10/3/13 1:44 PM
It is really starting to make me wonder about how committed Google really is, the updates of late have been limited to say the least.  Mostly a bunch of play with the interface and try make it pretty rather than useful productive enhancements.

Then with the release of Quick office just to complicate things, now you can have multiple document formats Google Docs doesn't handle... It just screams that something is very broken in Google land.

I guess I can always hope the they sort themselves out just after I post this. ;)  But in the end we make just need to wait for another company (dropbox maybe) to migrate to.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Timucin Bahşi 10/7/13 5:29 AM
hurry up they started to demand money from linux users, and we are all out of options. prevent the chaos!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Rene Raggl 10/9/13 5:05 AM
Hello Teresa,

We're another three months further and I was wondering if you could help us out here with a short update on your progress towards a Linux client for Google Drive?

Would be much appreciated!

Yours sincerely,

Rene

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Timber 10/10/13 11:05 AM
Any updates? It's been well over a year!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Realist 10/10/13 11:29 AM
Google has clearly shown that they could care less. I moved on to Dropbox a year ago and I'm very happy
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jonathan H. Pienaar 10/10/13 1:34 PM
Nice! Skifter - thanks. It's a welcome addition.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jessi Baker 10/10/13 7:32 PM
Share your Google Drive folder with Read/Write permissions. You can access it from your Linux machines, and changes made from those machines will be synced to Google Drive by the Windows agent.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Francesco Fazio 10/16/13 7:09 AM
Yeah sure. Still in the works. Published 17/07/2012. As per today 17/10/2013 there is still no client. RIDICULOUS ! Stop lying to the users damn it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? bbertrim 10/16/13 7:43 AM
For those who are looking for a good alternative give Bittorrent Sync a try. It has clients for all platforms and keeps your files in sync in a peer to peer manner instead centralized in the cloud. The pros are that you get unlimited storage, easily add or remove people from your swarms using one time use hashes, each folder you share stands on its own so there is no need to have one folder with all your clouded items, web based gui for remote access and all files are versioned (by default for 30 days).

The only two downside that I've seen are that if you want to use the service for redundancy/fault tolerance you need to have at least one other device in your folder's swarm since you no longer have the benefit of having everything saved on a third party server. The second is there is no clouded document editor. That being said the API for Bittorrent sync is open and has its own SDK so if someone wanted they could write one.

Recently I've switched to a combination of Git, for my source code control (via bitbucket.org), and  Bittorrent sync for everything else and have been finding myself moving away from dropbox and google drive for the flexibility of Bittorrent sync. I even use a Bittorrent sync folder on my computer for my transcoded music which I've added to my phone and if I ever change my playlists in Media Monkey (on my computer) it'll automatically sync/transcode the new files to the shared folder which then updates on my phone.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Niall Dowdell 10/16/13 4:38 PM
Yeah. I'd much rather they just say: "Hey guys, we have to admit the Linux client is just not a priority for us at the moment and we have many other projects on the go. We understand how much Linux means to everyone, that's why we contribute so much to open source, but for now we don't have the time. Google."

I'd have more respect if they did that, instead of being strung along, while at the same time, I'm selling people on using Google Apps.

Grow a pair Google Marketing people and PR your way into fixing this. Tell us its not in works in own your special way and be done with it. Then if it does come out, it'll be a surprise! and everyone will think its great and you're amazing. It's not rocket science, its good communication.

Thanks?  

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Stas Klevtsov 10/16/13 7:43 PM
Google, please! Do not forget your Linux users) Hope, you hear us.

Sincerely,
Stas.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Kyle Wooten 10/17/13 5:18 AM
Any update on drive for linux/ubuntu?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 10/17/13 9:36 AM
At this point i think Microsoft will likely release a Linux client for Skydrive before Google does for Google Drive. (by that i mean google drive will never have a linux client)

 Look at their newest tool, some web design program with windows and mac but no linux just like google drive.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 10/17/13 9:48 AM
Google doesn't really have an interest in Desktop Linux anymore unless it somehow makes a big breakthrough in market share. 

 They had no issues using Linux for Android and Chrome OS, and their own servers, while bribing the community with "we are not evil",half done Linux builds of their desktop software and a few useful code search tools for their own benefit really and then promptly removing the code search when they didn't need us anymore.

 So yeah, hang tight to whatever Linux clients still exist of Google non web software as it will all eventually be discontinued.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? mrmdbarton 10/19/13 11:12 PM
Dear Google, are you not ashamed by this?  

I cannot believe that over a year later and 25 PAGES OF POSTS, you guys still haven't got your fingers out and supported Linux users as promised when you launched the drive client for those other operating systems.  Do no evil?  How about doing some good?

I will continue to not use Google Drive as my cloud storage solution.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ozit 10/20/13 2:47 AM
+1 (Year)
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Jing Lv 10/20/13 5:40 AM
I am working on Linux and I've been purchasing GDrive for nearly one year, but Google never satisfy the Linux users. So Googler, you are expecting us, the customers, to hack  Android version to Linux, huh?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Nathan Gautrey 10/20/13 8:35 AM
Well this is the insane thing, on one hand Google wants to tell businesses "trust us and have confidence in what we say".  Them comes out with statements like they'll make a Google Drive support Linux and it's in the pipeline then not even have the decency to reply to it's paying customers corporate and domestic when they stop bothering.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Cyberz 10/22/13 3:40 AM
it has been in works for a long long time now....
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gamer-x 10/22/13 1:19 PM
Have we been scroogled? regarding Google Drive for Linux?

Looks like it to me.
Here I come INSYNC.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? mrmdbarton 10/22/13 1:50 PM
Insync is not a solution - it randomly deleted files when I tried it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ruwan Jayaweera 10/23/13 3:17 AM
still in the works?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Francesco Fazio 10/23/13 3:36 AM
There is even a petition online for this !
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/google-create-a-native-linux-google-drive-application?share_id=tmjWJKnZqW&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

28.000 people sign it asking a client for
linux !

Hello Google ? Are you sleeping or what ? We demand an answer and moreover a client for Linux ! When this is really going to happen ????

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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Artur Wrona 10/23/13 1:06 PM
When will Google Drive come to Linux?
When pigs fly.


Google is lying through his teeth.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Andrew Case 10/23/13 5:14 PM
I've been migrating my data to Google Drive.  Now I guess I'll be switching to DropBox.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? a8ksh4 10/23/13 9:57 PM
It's been over a year since this reply... Where does google stand with this now?  

I don't get what the holdup is... linux users are having to use a half-dozen different open source and commercial products to do what should be really simple and built-in.  

--Dan - still hoping for official google drive for linux...

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Maciej Miklas 10/25/13 4:57 AM
what do you mean by that? Like installing google client in wine?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Francesco Fazio 10/25/13 5:01 AM
He means that there are clients for google drive that are not official. The only one just usable is commercial, it is called insync and costs the preposterous amount of money of 10 dollars a year.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Venkatesh Shukla 10/27/13 7:23 AM
Still no native Google Drive client for Ubuntu. See the dates between your reply and my comment.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ALAYA_ 10/27/13 11:18 PM
did some one try this solution : How to mount Google Drive on Linux
http://xmodulo.com/2013/10/mount-google-drive-linux.html
does it works ?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 10/27/13 11:31 PM
Why would you want to try using Google Drive when Google has no interest? Aren't you concerned that support could evaporate at any times?

A much better solution is to look for and use non Google-alternatives.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Iagoba 11/5/13 5:11 AM
I don't think so. May be you have an employer working on this, no more.
The community has build more than one tool to sync google drive for linux. but still it does not work as default clients in windows and mac os.
Is not your goal to make the experience across devices less different?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? martinzecher 11/17/13 12:48 PM
This page should redirect to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? hglez86 11/27/13 1:24 AM
I feel ashamed because I have been telling my clients to use google drive; it was great when I used that other OS, and ever since I've been using Linux I never thought to use a native app until yesterday I told a client to use it because it can keep his documents backed up automatically. Now I'm going to back paddle and tell them to consider Dropbox instead X_x
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 11/27/13 2:44 AM
hgkez86, as you appear to be an IT professional I am surprised you *advise* a client even to use Dropbox for backup.  Google Drive is definitely unsuitable for backup (two-way sync, among other reasons) but so is Dropbox.
{ BTW, I think you mean "back-pedal"... :-) }
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? hglez86 11/27/13 3:44 AM
I just realized what I typed, not trying to make excuses but my excuse is that I learned English as a second language :p and I'm no masochist so I was not trying to make any dirty jokes about paddles and rear ends :p

I see what you mean about two-way syncing, but for the specific case it is actually a good thing because it helps them to keep the docs updated at their different stores, and more importantly because they're cheap :p or is it chip? haha X_x

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? hglez86 11/27/13 3:47 AM
Wait, now I'm more confused, I looked it up and it appears as back paddle X_x you're messing with my head X_x
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 11/27/13 3:53 AM
Back pedalling:
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/back-pedal?q=back-pedal

Backing up?
"...it is actually a good thing because it helps them to keep the docs updated at their different stores..."

Then the purpose is synchronisation across many devices, for which GDrive and, I suppose Dropbox and SkyDrive, are suited.

However, that is NOT backup, for which a separate, dedicated service, should be deployed.


Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? hglez86 11/27/13 4:32 AM
You are right, unfortunately that's where the part about them being cheap comes in, it wasn't a joke. I keep on pushing for different backup solutions but they are both cheap and lazy, they just won't even use a flash drive, but hey, they ask for advice, i charge them for my time and if they don't use it it's not my fault X_x actually, now that i think about it, if they would stop asking for advice they don't take and use that money and energy on doing the actual backing up their problems would be solved, ha X_x
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 11/27/13 4:45 AM
I hope you have given them the warnings in writing because they will probably, sooner or later, have data loss...

If you have not done so already, 'confront' them with the question of how they would feel/how serious it would be if they had complete data loss this afternoon.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? hnaparst 12/2/13 1:05 AM
I agree with you completely.  I have switched to Dropbox for the time being.  Their linux client is the only one on the market that works 100%.  However, they lack the ability to put a document in several folders simultaneously. When Google releases their client, I'll switch back to Google.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? dariojcanelons 12/2/13 11:24 AM
Hello, if you needed to have documents/folders in multiple directories, you can do so using symlinks. I've used in on both Windows and Linux to get around Dropbox's restrictions.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Surrealism 1/4/14 4:14 PM
So, how is that linux client coming along? LOLOL
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gamer-x 1/10/14 8:37 AM
How come this topic is marked "ANSWERED"?

Hey Google, It is totally not answered.

Did I miss the "Answer" somewhere?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Gamer-x 1/10/14 8:39 AM
I probably did indeed miss the answer...

Other people kindly pointed to other options.... AH that must be the "Answer".
Thanks for clarifying it for me Google.

Use Insync
Use Dropbox
Etc...

Got it.

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lattatude 1/10/14 8:51 AM
where's the answer?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lwb 1/10/14 10:05 PM
Don't consider any of these to be "answers..." because they are not.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Zephyrus Tavvier 1/11/14 12:22 PM
So, you said Google Drive for Linux was still in the works about a year and half ago.  How is it coming?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Ilya Devin 1/13/14 1:42 PM
Bad app, try to sync 100 000 files with it.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lwb 1/13/14 1:48 PM
Ilya, are you talking about the Google Drive App on Windows or Mac?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Steve Dalton Down Under 1/14/14 3:10 AM
Ok - I'm now a paying customer for Drive.... and I see there is *still* no Linux client. Come on Google - if Dropbox can do it - surely you guys can do it!
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? Amos Folarin 1/14/14 6:54 AM
Has anyone tried this and can they comment on their experience?
http://xmodulo.com/2013/10/mount-google-drive-linux.html
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? lwb 1/14/14 11:49 AM
Not so much a matter of "can" as a matter of "want to." Apparently, Google sees no business case for producing a Drive client for Linux.
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 1/14/14 8:12 PM
Should the best answer not be something like this:

http://impossiblehq.com/complete-guide-leaving-google ?

Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? mrmdbarton 1/14/14 10:38 PM
That's the answer if you want to leave Google.  I'm not anti Google, I think they offer some of the best services around.  But as a long term Linux user I feel let down that google have broken their promise here.  18 months ago "Teresa" (Docs & Drive Community Manager) said it was in the works.  Let's have an update on that please Teresa, and a roadmap for when you are going to release this.  Or just tell us that Google will not deliver what it promised.  Giving no answer is going to drive more of us away!  All we want is some transparency and honesty, is that too much to ask?
Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? ZuNOB 1/14/14 11:28 PM
I am not anti-Google either, I was pretty much a Google evangelist in the early days, but, in this instance, I need something that works.

In other instances I tend to choose open source software that is not going to be pulled out from under my feet, something that Google does far too frequently for my liking. I find Google as a company extremely unreliable in that way.

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Re: When will Google Drive come to Linux? DAS1951 1/15/14 1:52 AM
ZuNOB, I read the 'leaving Google' article.  Amusing.  I am sure I have read something similar about 'leaving Microsoft'.

I must say the article contains one or two major errors, e.g. in the Documents category.  EverNote is NO alternative to Google Docs, though SkyDrive (or Office 365) and Zoho might be.  Google Docs is a full standalone online office suite (minus database).  MS Office is a desktop app, not really comparable.  And I am most entertained that a major MS product is suggested, since the tech geek forums are full of people singing the praises of Open and LibreOffice for people who wantto 'leave MS'.

Shows a lack of understanding of Google Drive.

Of course, in cloud storage one could put Dropbox up as an alternative.

But for real safe backup neither Dropbox nor Google Drive are suitable, so it is irrelevant.

The mail options are also very limited, since paid-for products do not seem to have been excluded from the list, so there are any number of mail providers besides Yahoo and MS.  I use one (as well as Yahoo).

As regards Domains, how many people would use Google anyway?  There are any number of domain name providers giving a good service at a reasonable/low price.
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