When Google launched it’s much awaited Google Drive it was a mixed bag for users. It was bad news for GNU/Linux users as there is no client for them, even when companies like Dropbox have Linux client it was disappointing. It’s almost 9 months and despite promises there is no concrete news of Google Drive client for Linux.
However you can use the web interface of Drive on your Linux machine and if you do use Google Drive on Linux you can now take advantage of Gmail-Drive integration which allows you to send large files via email.
Phil Sharp, Product Manager of the Gmail team writes on his blog, “Now with Drive, you can insert files up to 10GB — 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment. Also, because you’re sending a file stored in the cloud, all your recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version.”
To ensure that you don’t have wrong permissions for the file that you are attaching,, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you’re sending.
“This works like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector: whenever you send a file from Drive that isn’t shared with everyone, you’ll be prompted with the option to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving your email. It’ll even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails,” writes Sharp.
Google will start to roll out this feature in the coming few days so don’t expect it to be enabled on you account yet. However, once it’s enabled you will see a drive icon, next to attachment icon and you will be able to insert the link to the content from Google Drive.
Those who are still waiting for Google Drive for Linux can kill some time reading ‘Waiting For Godot’.