Introducing Grive

Earlier this year, Google introduced its Google Drive cloud storage service. Cloud storage is a model of networked on-line storage where data is stored in virtualized pools of storage that third parties generally host. Hosting companies operate large data centers, and people who require hosting buy or lease storage capacity from them. The data-center operators, in the background, virtualize the resources according to their customers' requirements and expose them as storage pools, which the customers themselves can use to store files or data objects. Physically, the resources may span across multiple servers.

A Web service application programming interface (API) accesses cloud storage services through a cloud storage gateway or through a Web-based user interface. Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate and keep all of your stuff. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and more.

The advantage of the Google Drive is that it could become your centralized storage vault for all your documents in the cloud. It lets you create and collaborate in the same way as Google Docs did.

1) Create and collaborate:

Google Docs is built right in to Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDFs, images, video files and so on) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items. You can upload up to 30 different file extensions, which many other cloud services don't allow.

2) Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go):

Synchronization is one of the coolest things ever. When you use a synchronizing storage product, like Google Drive, any file you put in the drive, and anything you change that's stored in the drive, is updated automatically—not just in the cloud but on all the other devices that you have connected to the Drive. So you can start working on a file on one computer, close it and then open it on a second computer, and what you'll see is the version you closed on the first one. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the Web, in your home, at the office or while running errands, from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.

3) Search everything by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more:

Drive even can recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let's say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. Drive uses image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you later can search for "Grand Canyon", and photos of it should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and it's expected to improve over time.

Figure 1. Google Drive on a Mac, PC and Android Phone or Tablet

4) Get your old files:

Drive keeps a copy of every file you edit on it. It also tracks changes on documents and keeps revision copies of up to 30 days or the last 100 revisions.

5) Easy sharing to Google+:

Backing up photos is one of the most popular uses of cloud storage services, and with that in mind, it's no surprise to see that Google has made it easy for Google+ users to share images from its new Google Drive service. Google has integrated the two services to allow Google Drive users to share photos from the cloud service to Google+ from within the social network itself.

Google's new cloud storage solution features 5GB of free space. If you have never used a cloud-based storage service like Google Drive before, take a moment to consider the advantages of keeping your files on-line. Because files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, Drive eliminates the need to e-mail or save a file to a USB drive. And because Drive allows you to share files, working with others becomes easier than ever before.


Sayyed Mehdi Poustchi Amin is currently a PhD research student in computer science at SIU. His research is focused on developing honeypot decoys for analysis of Internet attacks. His professional certifications include CCNA, MCTS, MCITP and MCSE.


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

لقد تم استخدام محرر مستندات جوجل / محرك لعدة سنوات.

Clipping Path's picture

لقد تم استخدام محرر مستندات جوجل / محرك لعدة سنوات.

قرأت عن مادتين في اليوم الواحد يمكن أن يوحي تعطيل ميزة SELinux إذا أريد تثبيت هذا، أو ذلك.

Reply to comment | Linux Journal

Leather Sofas's picture

Article writing is also a fun, if you be familiar
with then you can write otherwise it is complicated to write.

what's the difference of

Dzak's picture

what's the difference of other online storage services? it depends on every user and what interface likes.
i ll give a try on this...

Grive & Google Docs

Don Desjardin's picture

Yes, the basic sync function works like DropBox. I can put a file in the Grive folder, run "grive", and it shows up in the cloud.

The only problem I see (and it's a big one) is that Grive doesn't pull/sync any of the docs created by Google Docs.

ایول داره. زنده باشی. این تو

AliAli's picture

ایول داره.
زنده باشی.

این تو ایرانم کار میکنه؟


salder's picture

Ditto all of the SELinux comments.

Use Insync instead

Anonymous's picture

I've been using Google Docs/Drive for several years. Following the switch to "Drive", I didn't care much for the interface of their syncing program and found a great alternative: Insync. I currently have it running on Win7, Mac OS X, Linux Mint and Ubuntu 10.04. Works great, check it out at:


Colin's picture

Ok article. Although I would like to know about who else is putting out Gdrive services.

On SELINUX. You should never DISABLE it.


Will keep the SELINUX configuration and file permissions in place but it will only chuck out warning messages. If you set SELINUX to disabled then you are killing off your opportunity to enable it in the future.

SELinux is good for you

Gergely Polonkai's picture

I read about two articles per day that suggests disabling SELinux if I want to install this-or-that. I think it's a very bad practice. SELinux is good for you. It's not a coincidence that more and more vendors enable it by default. Please stop giving such bad advices already!

The article is a great showcase of Drive and Grive in general otherwise. Keep up the good work!