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Q&A: Google's Open-Source Balancing Act

May 28, 2008, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"What's the view of open source within Google?
I asked myself, 'Who am I trying to address?' The world of open-source business? No. The world of the open-source enthusiast? No. I'm really looking to work with open-source developers. We came up with these goals for our group: to support open-source development in general, which means to support open-source infrastructure; support the release of open-source code, from Google and in general; and to create more open-source developers, because especially when I started, there was a perception that Google took a lot of people from the open-source world and then went away. It was partly true, because people would come here and say, 'Wow, I've been working on my open-source project forever, and I want a new problem,' and we have a very good class of new problem. So they kind of went away..."

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