"As arguably the world's largest open-source company, Google has
a big stake in maintaining its place at the heart of the
open-source ecosystem. Recent events, however, suggest that Google
can't rest on its laurels if it wants to secure the hearts and
minds of open-source developers.
"Make no mistake: Google needs those developers. Android, Chrome
(and Chrome OS), and other Google initiatives depend upon fostering
vibrant open-source communities that can help it to surpass
Microsoft and Apple.
"Such communities may be ready to cut the Google umbilical cord,
however, which should be worrying to Google. There have been
rumblings that Mozilla would look to Google alternatives for the
default search engine within Firefox, despite Mozilla pulling in 91
percent of its revenues from its Google partnership."