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Insync is an unofficial Google Drive client that runs on Mac, Windows and Linux. Insync beta 4 for Linux has been released yesterday, bringing support for GNOME Shell, Cinnamon and KDE.

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Insync GNOME Shell extension
Insync for GNOME Shell and Cinnamon comes with a native extension which has the same functionality as the Ubuntu appindicator, as you can see in the screenshot above.


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Insync under KDE
The new version also brings partial KDE support: there's context menu support for Dolphin and two optional Plasmoids that integrate Insinc and thus Google Drive into the desktop, however, the Ubuntu AppIndicator is still used in KDE at this time.


Other changes in Insync for Linux beta 4:
  • built with latest bbfreeze and FPM
  • fswatch.py now handles odd errors that inotify could produce, and other runtime errors.
  • more unicode bugs also fixed
  • improved use of multi-threading
  • various bug fixes (e.g. library.zip not a zip file error)
  • you can now sync hidden files (that start with a "." dot) by starting Insync with "--allow-dot-files"
  • inotify has been moved into a thread so Insync beta 4 should be faster than the previous beta

Note: To avoid conflicts, if you've had Insync installed, firstly remove it ("sudo apt-get remove insync*") and then install the package for your desktop environment: Ubuntu (using an AppIndicator), GNOME3 (they call the builds "GNOME 3" but they are for GNOME Shell), Cinnamon or KDE.

In GNOME Shell, you'll have to activate the Insync extension using GNOME Tweak Tool.

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