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TechWeb: Google Bets The Ranch On Linux

May 31, 2000, 04:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

"Search engine Google has deployed 4,000 Linux servers, with plans to increase to 6,000 this year, making it possibly the largest Linux installation in the world."

"Google said it turned to Red Hat (stock: RHAT) Linux primarily because of the cost. The OS itself costs nothing, compared with $500 to $900 per server for Windows servers. And the hardware is also cheap. Red Hat runs on commodity white-box PCs rather than more expensive RISC Unix servers."

"Support was another factor in choosing Linux, Google said. The company has Linux expertise in-house, and values the ability to look at the source code to correct problems, rather than having to rely on a vendor. And where the in-house expertise fails, Google has found the Linux community responsive with fixes."

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