Gnome 3:18 gives direct access to Google Drive files




The imminent release of the open source desktop environment GNOME 3:18 probably get native Google Drive support. An internet connection is required because this does not function as a true Linux client for Drive.

google drive linux It writes Omg Ubuntu following the release notes of the upcoming GNOME release. Google says since the arrival of Google Drive support for Windows and Mac that will make a real Linux client, but that has not happened. Support for Google Drive in the file explorer Nautilus will also depend on an Internet connection. The latter is necessary, because the files are not synchronized locally. Many other online storage services also provide for local synchronization when it comes to environments based on Linux. Possible Gnome development team adds that drive far into the future.

Google Drive is loaded in the sidebar of Nautilus as a file system remotely. This is automatic if a Google account is added to the GNOME Online Accounts. Actions using the drive works just like other network drives and load the files just as they would in a local folder and thumbnails. Adding files works just as in Nautilus by copying and pasting or dragging. Drive-specific files, such as Documents and Spreadsheets are automatically opened in the default browser.

The feature uses Google Drive API v2. Although it is still not ideal compared with native clients such as Dropbox and who do offer, it is for large users Drive a nice addition, although there are several external applications that allow similar functionality to drive added.

Gnome 3:18 comes out September 23. There is however a snag, reports Omg Ubuntu: it can still happen that the feature does not end up in the final version of the desktop environment.


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