Following the launch of the Google Drive recently, one segment of the market did not appear to be too elated with the announcement, users of the Linux OS. They were likely displeased that the cloud storage system of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) was not made available for them. The disappointment on the non-inclusion of Linux support for the Google Drive service went to level where one of the trending topics on Google+ was “#DriveforLinux”. This saw numerous users airing their concerns and disbelief.
However Teresa Wu, the Community Manager of Google Docs, revealed that the company is already working on support for Linux for the Google Drive service. Wu wrote made the revelation on a Google+ discussion recently. This was something that Linux users were looking forward to.
Without support for Linux on the Google Drive, users of the open source operating system will not be able synchronize their files into the Google Drive service automatically in the same way that OSX and Windows users. This resulted to the increasing appeal for the rival online storage service including the Ubuntu One, which is Linux friendly.
The Ubuntu One offers 5GB of free storage, similar to what the Google Drive offers although an upgrade is set to be implemented soon.
Even though no specific schedule was made available for the Linux support on the Google Drive service, the fact that it is coming has elated Linux users. This comes after an announcement by Google that it was closing the Picasa for Linux, which resulted to antagonism among Linux users.
Despite the reliance of Google on Linux for the company’s products and operations including the Android OS, some observers did not expect the company to leave out Linux users from the Google Drive service following its recent launch.
For the moment, the announcement of Wu on the Linux support for the Google Drive service may have appeased users of the open-source operating system.