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Why do you use Linux?

For me it comes down to:-
Cost It's free!
Freedom I can do anything with my computer when it runs Linux. If it breaks, I can reinstall it without a problem (no need to find a product key or anything as archaic as that). If I want, I can try a different distribution. There are no limits.
Privacy and EULAs No end user license agreements and no snooping by big corporations. I can and do install Linux on as many machines as I need.
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Linux, Google Drive and other programs

Linux has been seeing a bit of a boost recently. It is almost on a par with the Mac in terms of market penetration at 3.37%.

So, given all that will this mean software vendors will start taking the Linux desktop more seriously? I for one am still waiting for Google to bring out some form of Drive client or more likely Backup & Sync client for Linux. Also there are all of those sat navs that ignore Linux, Adobe software that ignores Linux and a whole heap of other software not to mention games that could easily be developed for Linux as well.

Am I being too hopeful here?

https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0

#GoogleDrive4Linux
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Netflix adds support for Firefox on Linux

At last! This means with Ubuntu (and other distros with Firefox) you can watch Netflix out of the box.
Netflix Finally Adds Support for Firefox on #Linux

You can finally binge watch your favourite Netflix shows in Firefox for Linux - zero fuss and no user-agent trickery required.
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Google Drive for Linux, or something else?

This article is a pretty good round up of the various alternatives to an official Google Drive client for Linux.

https://www.howtogeek.com/196635/an-official-google-drive-for-linux-is-here-sort-of-maybe-this-is-all-well-ever-get/

I would still much rather have something straight from the source, instead of trusting everything to a third party.
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Entroware Aether

I really want one of these.
Introducing, the brand new Entroware Aether. Built for Linux with Intel's 7th Generation processors and international keyboard layouts. #Ubuntu #UbuntuMATE

https://entroware.com/store/aether
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Banging the Linux drum

I am not satisfied with the lack of answers from Google regarding an official desktop client for Linux.

If anyone from Google would like to get in touch (either here or via PM), that would be great.
Google Drive for Linux

Okay, I am sick of seeing this message. It has been the same message for years. There are countless threads on the product forums asking for a Google Drive client for Linux, but no official responses from anyone at Google. Responses from TCs are fine to a point, but it's not the same as getting an official reply.

People want to know. Normal people and G Suite users (yes, I am one of those) who pay to use your services.

So come on Google, are you going to keep leaving us Linux users in the dark and alienate a large number of people, or are you actually going to produce something? It really shouldn't take this long to produce a Linux client. At least give us some answers.

#GoogleDriveForLinux

Edit: I know there are alternatives out there that sync with Google Drive, but this post is not about them. This is just about Google (emphasis on Google) Drive. Also, here is one of many threads calling for an official Google Drive client for Linux. The answer given, while sensible, is not satisfactory. https://productforums.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!topic/drive/hYmBokMbzNs;context-place=topicsearchin/drive/google$20drive$20for$20linux
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Skype for Linux Alpha can now make video calls... but there is a catch

Isn't there always? Apparently you can only make calls between you and other Skype for Linux Alpha users. So no calls to people on Windows, or Macs, or anything else.

Now I know it is a good that Microsoft are making some progress on this, but it is starting to feel like they are dragging their heels.
Skype for #Linux Alpha Can Now Make Video Calls — But There’s a Catch http://buff.ly/2deC7CB
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Good news for the long neglected Linux Skype client

It looks like a new Linux client is indeed in the works at last.
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A new Skype client for Linux

Since Microsoft acquired Skype the Linux version of the software has been rather neglected. However, it looks like there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

That's if you bother using Skype of course.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-teases-exciting-news-for-linux-users-506145.shtml
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