Google Confirms Using Ubuntu Linux, Won't Say Why

Posted by tadelste on Feb 2, 2006 5:36 AM EDT
InformationWeek; By Antone Gonsalves
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Google Inc. on Tuesday confirmed that it is using Ubuntu desktop Linux technology internally, but remained tightlipped about its purpose.

The Register, a U.K.-based technology news site, reported Tuesday that the Mountain View, Calif., search engine was developing its own Linux distribution for the desktop using the Ubuntu open-source operating system.

A Google spokeswoman confirmed that the company uses Ubuntu technology, but declined to say what for.

"We utilize the Ubuntu technology for internal use, but have no plans to distribute it outside of the company," the spokeswoman said. She also denied the company was using the name "Goobunto" internally for the software, saying, "It's just an internal system."

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Could be they want to save licensing fees on the desktop? number6x 5 903 Feb 3, 2006 3:26 AM

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