Cloud storage services for personal usage are mostly used these days to easily access your data everywhere from your desktop, laptop and mobile devices as well. So, in this post we will have a look at some cloud storage services works on many Linux distributions.
Advantages of cloud storage service, it could be used for many purposes and different types of users based on will it be used for personal or business usage. for personal user it could be used for sharing files between friends or in public, backup important files in the cloud, so you can have access to these files anywhere using mobile device, streaming audio or video to many devices, connecting cloud storage to virtual machines and many more advantages based on your interest.
So, here we will have a look some cloud storage services clients and which are widely used by many operating systems including Linux distributions. I have seen many great cloud services and they provide such a good service and big capacity, but unfortunately they don’t provide the client software for many operating systems such as Google Drive, they didn’t provide an official client for Linux platform, however, you will see a couple client software will help you to use Google Drive on your Linux distribution. Also, we will go through some other clients for different cloud storage services companies as well.
In the meantime, this is my favorite cloud storage service because it has a client software for each device I have, it works in my laptop, desktop with different operating systems and it works on Android Mobile device. Usually, I mostly use cloud storage for personal files only, so I can have access to it in different devices without bothering to copy it each device.
Dropbox website provides a client software for other operating systems such as MAC OS X, Microsoft Windows and IOS for IPhone and IPad.
Install Dropbox Client on Ubuntu and Fedora
Dropbox brings DEB package for Debian and Ubuntu distributions, and RPM package for Fedora. Also, there is an source package if you would like to compile it in other Linux distributions.
Another good thing about Dropbox that you can install it in your server and it could be used for backup services for your website files directly to your Dropbox account using “CLI” command line interface script. Check this WIKI for more information.
2. Ubuntu One
It’s another good cloud service, it’s quite similar cloud service to Dropbox and other cloud services, The good thing about Ubuntu one, it comes by default with 5GB free storage space, unlike Dropbox it comes with 2GB storage space. Also, its client software comes pre-installed Ubuntu operating system. Check the full list of features and services Ubuntu One provides Here.
Ubuntu One Client for Fedora
Ubuntu One provides an official client software for “Ubuntu, MAC OS X, Microsoft Windows, Android, and IOS devices”. Unfortunately, Ubuntu One does not provide official client software for other major Linux distributions. However, I have seen a blog post “Maxiberta’s Blog“ which provides RPM packaging for Ubuntu One to install in Fedora 17 and Fedora 18 as well.
3. Google Drive
It comes with bigger storage capacity “15GB” for free. Recently Google have added a new feature to connect your Google Drive to different types of applications such as “Google Documents, Google Fusion Tables, Google Script, Google Drawing, Google Sheet, Google Form and Google Slides”. Also, Google allows connecting Google Drive to other applications.
Google provides a client software for Android or iOS and desktop as well, but it does not include an official client software for Linux. The good new, there are some unofficial client software allows you to connect with your Google Drive account such as Grive ”official website” and InSync “trial”.
In respect to the storage capacity Google Drive provide the biggest storage capacity for free and it supports a variety of applications so you can use Google drive with it. Google products are widely used by many users. So, it’s convenient choice for many users who uses Google account. Also there’re many non-official client software are available to be able to use your Google Drive in your Linux distribution, whether you like to use Google Drive with a graphical user interface or command line interface as we have mentioned up here using “Grive” application.
If you are looking for a cloud service works out of the box in the major Linux distribution you might consider using Dropbox, because it support major Linux distributions such as Fedora, Ubuntu, and Debian, also, you can compile the source package in other Linux distribution as long as you have the required dependencies. Another good thing about Dropbox, that you can install it in Linux servers and back up files located in your server to your Dropbox account.
Ubuntu One is quite a mid-range cloud service in my opinion, it still almost dedicated to Canonical products and it does not provide a new unique features. However, they have released earlier support for other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and MAC OS X. So, maybe in the near future Ubuntu One will bring some new features to the table and it will have a better support for other Linux distributions.
We have went through only Three of the major cloud services available these days, and there are many cloud services available as well. Tell us your favorite cloud service and what are the pros and cons of it.