Linux Journal: Google: The Godfather of Open Source?
Aug 09, 2006, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It's well known that Google runs its vast array of servers
using a custom version of GNU/Linux. But this is only one aspect of
its support for free software. Others include its Summer of Code,
now well established as an incubator of both coding talent and
projects, and more recently its open source code repository, which
offers a useful alternative to Sourceforge.net. Similarly, in
porting Picasa to GNU/Linux, Google has made contributions to Wine,
while open source projects in Sri Lanka have been the beneficiaries
of more direct help, to the tune of $25,000.
"But Google is also operating behind the scenes to bolster free
software in other ways..."