Thursday, April 16, 2009

Google Operating System

Goobuntu is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that Google uses internally. Some have suggested that Google might plan to market the distribution more widely. While both Google and Mark Shuttleworth, creator of Ubuntu, have confirmed that Goobuntu exists and is used internally, both have strongly refuted suggestions that Google has any plans to market the operating system.
Mark Shuttleworth has confirmed that Google contributes patches to Ubuntu but noted that while some Google employees use this modified version of Ubuntu, others use modified versions of other Linux distributions. Google has supported Ubuntu through the Ubucon conferences and in other ways. Although Shuttleworth and Google representatives have denied any plans to release Goobuntu outside the company, it has nonetheless inspired ongoing speculation about Google entering the operating system business.
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