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30 April 2012, 15:46

Google Drive clients for Linux in the works

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When Google launched its Google Drive cloud storage service, support for desktop Linux distributions was missing from the announcement. According to a comment by Google Docs community manager Teresa Wu in a Google+ thread, official support for Linux is being worked on, but no further details are known. Meanwhile, several community efforts have sprung up, with the aim of bringing a native Google Drive client to Linux.

Grive is a Google Drive client written in C++ that uses the Google Document List API to provide access to files stored with the service. As of the current version (0.0.2), it can only download files to a local directory and is unable to store objects on the Google Drive servers. Grive is considered unstable development software and is available as packages for Foresight Linux and Debian Testing and as binaries for 64-bit Fedora. The source code can be downloaded under an unspecified open source licence from GitHub.

Another project hosted on GitHub implements Google Drive access as a FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) wrapper. The fuse-google-drive module, which is also in early development status, is available in source code form under the GPLv2 licence, and can mount Google Drive storage as a local filesystem. Users will need to get a client ID and secret from the Google Drive service to install the application and some further manual configuration might be necessary.

As with all development software, users are reminded not to use these applications on production systems as loss of files could very well occur.


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