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TechWeb: Google Defies Dotcom Downturn

Apr 27, 2001, 20:56 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

Google visitors can, according to one firm, provide a web page in 0.64 seconds on average by leveraging the power of server farms using "truckloads of small systems," and the site does it using Linux. This article looks into the logistics and decision-making that goes into making Google tick from a non-evangelical point of view, right down to the distribution the site's chosen.

"Google downloads Red Hat for free, taking advantage of the company's open source distribution. And Linux's open source nature allowed Google to make extensive modifications to the OS to meet its own needs, for remote management, security and to boost performance."

"Felton, who describes himself as "not a Linux evangelist by any means," but rather someone who uses whatever works best, said he likes Red Hat's performance, stability, packaging and installation routines. Also, because Red Hat is the most popular Linux version, IT staff skilled in its function are relatively easy to find."

"Also, by choosing Linux, Google avoids locking itself into a single vendor for hardware or operating system, Quandt said."

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