Google Drive is here!

Posted on 2012/04/25

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Your Google Drive is not ready yet

Well, almost here…

Here is a quick comparison on some of the remote storage and file sync solutions that I consider important:

Online

Service

Win

Mac

Linux

Android

iPhone

Web

Client-side

Encryption

Initial

Space

Client

Source

Server

Source

Google
Drive

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Soon

Yes

No

5GB

No

No

Dropbox

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2GB

No

No

Ubuntu
One

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

5GB

Yes

No

SpiderOak

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

2GB

Some

Some

Wuala

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Some

Yes

5GB

No

No

SugarSync

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Some

5GB

No

No

Personal
Service

Novell
iFolder

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SparkleShare

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

(For a list that is more complete, go to Wikipedia)

I find client-side encryption crucial for personal privacy, and having the client source code released is just as important. The benefit is that you don’t have to trust that the company that owns the storage will not compromise and disclose your data, either maliciously or clumsily.

In the diverse world of personal devices, compatibility with different platforms is also very convenient, if not necessary.

In this moment there’s no solution that offers these things together, and Google Drive does not fill this space. The services that come closer to my requirements are SpiderOak and Wuala, but unfortunately they don’t have an Open Source client.

The two personal services that I added in the table are quite promising, but lack two things to be successful in my opinion: the first is mobile access and the second is some company who already gives you an online service to sync to.

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