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GNOME: driving to the sky, one step at a time

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In the new GNOME 3.x series there has been a push to integrate the user’s online accounts into the desktop. At the same time we have been working on a new set of core applications for finding and selecting the user’s content. Documents is one such application. It lets you view and search your documents that are stored both locally and online.

GNOME 3.6, which will be released in September this year, will have lots of improvements and new features in this regard. One of them is the integration of Microsoft’s SkyDrive file hosting service. Go to the Online Accounts panel in System Settings (hit the super key or the Activities button and type “online”) to enable your Windows Live account, and you will be able to access your SkyDrive from Documents just as you are now able to do with your Google account.

Here, in these screenshots, you can see that I am viewing the PDFs of the famous Linux Device Drivers (3rd edition) book which are stored on my SkyDrive account.

The development of this new and exciting feature is being tracked here. You can either wait for GNOME 3.6 to come out in September, or you can get the latest copies of gnome-online-accounts, gnome-documents and libzapojit to try it out.

Written by Debarshi Ray

31 May, 2012 at 01:33

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  1. This looks awesome!!

  2. Awesome!

    tip: “SkyDrive”, not “Skydrive”

    Scott (@scottbto)

    31 May, 2012 at 02:42

  3. Congrats, awesome job:)

    Meg Ford

    31 May, 2012 at 03:04

  4. What an amazing hack!

  5. When will we be able to use self-hosted services like owncloud? I like that more than google/MS/etc.


    31 May, 2012 at 07:22

    • Yes, you are right. See

      I have been following ownCloud (and GNU MediaGoblin) with interest for the past few weeks. I understand that ownCloud supports CardDAV, CalDAV and WebDAV, but it is being a bit hard to find much in the way of documentation on their website. eg., what do they use for authentication? OAuth2? On their IRC channel I learnt that there is some work going on to integrate it better with KDE. They also have a sync client. Maybe looking at their sources will be more enlightening.

      It is just a matter of sitting down and making Evolution, evolution-data-server, nautilus, Documents, etc. work with it. Adding the relevant bits to GNOME Online Accounts is simpler.

      Patches welcome. 🙂

      Debarshi Ray

      31 May, 2012 at 14:48

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  10. Hello,
    This is really a useful hack.
    I manage to connect my account for chat but have no ‘Documents’ option, can you help?

    Gabriel Gross

    21 October, 2013 at 19:13

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