If you’re like me, you think that the more native applications that are available to Linux users, the better. In the case of Google Drive, there isn’t a native synchronization enabled client for Linux. This is especially sad if you think about how Google got to where it is today…building its entire search infrastructure on the backs of customized Debian servers. Not to mention that Android…which is powered by Linux…has a native client available in the Google Play store.
Why would we want a native client for Google Drive when we can just use unofficial software to do it or mount it like a command line commando would? The answer is simple…uniformity and solidarity. The experience that is already present for Windows and Mac users should be present in Linux as well…instead, Linux continues to be the ‘red headed stepchild’ of the desktop experience.
There are some people who feel this same way and they have started an online petition asking Google to release a native Drive client for Linux. You can sign the petition here if you’d like to. As of the writing of this post, there were 15,648 signatures…let’s see if we can push above 20k shall we? I think online petitions are sometimes silly but Google might not. Hopefully, we’ll get that native client and uniform experience for Linux desktops everywhere.