Why Google is Built on Linux

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Google Gives Reason Why it is Built on Linux
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Some interesting, but not surprising snippets from Google's Open Source Programs Mgr Chris DiBona on why Google is built on Linux

For instance, DiBona pointed out that if Google used Windows, or any other non-open source software program, to make changes to that system he would be required to essentially ask permission from that vendor. "Why should we hand over the control of our software support to another company?"

Other benefits of Linux for Google was being able to determine exactly what was running on any server at any given time and being able to plan what kind of power that machine would have, according to DiBona. This would not be possible, he said, using proprietary software. "Worse than that, if I want to expand ... I have to rip things out. But why would I want to spend money on something for which I only want to use a small part?"

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It seems Chris of huge G and

It seems Chris of huge G and I of incy weensy lil SL agree on the philosophy of running huge data interogating codebases on a stable Linux derived clustered environment.

I suppose the difference is I aim to release a distribution of the Linux Cluster codebase and G don't. Come on guys, I know you have more resources, skill and technical ability than my lil company so please release your version of Linux to the community :)

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I was under the impression that Google ran a modified version of linux, probably for stability and for integration with GFS. The latter bit is the one I'm really interested in, distributed filesystems are so desirable.

The latter bit is the one

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The latter bit is the one I'm really interested in, distributed filesystems are so desirable.

Ohhh yes please :)

We have a distributed filesystem but I truly believe GFS is much better than our bodged implentation and I'd love G to OS it

I was under the impression

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I was under the impression that Google ran a modified version of linux"

That is a truism, really. EVERYTHING Linux is a modified form of Linux ;)

Not really sure that GFS (if it exists) is the multi-purpose FS everyone seems to think. Many proprietary systems simply don't suit releasing, because they solve one problem really well, but don't solve any other problem at all.

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