Google has finally announced its much-hyped Google Drive. Many users were disappointed to see that they did not announce any GNU/Linux client. The Good news is, looking at Google's support for Linux, that a GNU/Linux client is coming soon.
We got a confirmation when Teresa W. of Google replied to a thread on Google Groups:
Thanks for posting with your feedback - we're working on Linux support. Hang tight!
End of Ubuntu One?
The great news for GNU/Linux users is that Unlike Ubuntu One Google Drive will be available to all GNU/Linux users, and not just for Ubuntu. It's disheartening to see that Canonical did not package U1 for other GNU/Linux distributions. Ironically, even the proprietary Dropbox is available for all major GNU/Linux distributions and is quite popular among GNU/Linux users.
Google Drive ends any possibility Ubuntu One had to capture the consumer cloud market. Arrival of Google Drive repeats the same pattern where the market was open for Canonical to exploit by the company failed to deliver a competing product. Ubuntu One was already behind Dropbox as it lacked even basic features which one takes for granted on Dropbox (such as ability to sync any account of your choice). The same thing happened with Ubuntu Music which failed once Google Music was released.
If you are an Ubuntu One user, would you switch to a faster and feature rich Google Drive? If no why? Share your thoughts in the comments below.