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Linux.com: Google: The Search Engine That Could

Jun 07, 2000, 02:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Melanie Burrett)

"Jim Reese was hired in June 1999 directly into his current position. He was the first full-time sysadmin. Jim's job is to monitor security newsgroups, patch and update kernels, and write tools to manage a cluster of thousands of machines. This last job is what takes up most of his time. There will be 10 000 machines by the end of the year."

"Even though it is long hours and hard work, he really appreciates the kooky congeniality and the academic atmosphere that is encouraged by the company. Jim counts among a dozen or so employees who have (or almost have) a Ph.D. in something. There is also the satisfaction of knowing that he had played a major hand in helping Google grow from 5000 hits a day to over 17 million. This is going up by a rate of 20-30% per month."

"For future Google employee hopefuls he has this advice: install Linux and play with it. Read everything you can get your hands on. Everything you need to know is on the Internet somewhere. If you don't know Linux, you won't be hired at Google. If you have any questions, contact bill@google.com."

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