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Google dumps Windows. But can the rest of us?

Jun 03, 2010, 13:02 (14 Talkback[s])
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"According to the Financial Times, Google is in the midst of replacing all of its Windows-based desktop PCs with ones that run Mac or Linux, citing security concerns since the company was a target of a hack originating in China back in January of 2010.

"This may be something of a shock to everyone, but Google has never really been completely reliant on the Windows platform, so this is a pretty easy "fix" for the company.

"Google has been for some time using a variant of Ubuntu Linux in its massive server infrastructure and is pretty much a Silicon Valley poster child for Open Source adoption. So it's not that big of a stretch that they would eventually want to remove Windows from its Desktop OS infrastructure as well.

"Given the fact that so much of Google's development is in Open Source, and all of their line of business apps are Cloud-based, it stands to reason that given the bleeding edge levels of Open Source adoption which the company enjoys, they can very easily transition its internal desktop users to both Mac and Linux."

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