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Re: [tlug] google ditching windows and going for open source software

As far as I know, most of the productivity app used inside google are "home grown" (eat you own dog-food style). So, according to a couple of friends working there, it's already hard to find the m$ office suite, all replaced by google docs, gmail, google calendar...

Definitely google (if what I heard is true) is in a very good position to switch, as most of it's internal processes are already one-step-removed from Microsoft, and isn't it funny how just last week their browser (Chrome) came out of beta?

I'm pretty sure that this "security threat" is just an excuse to finally move most employees away from costly licenses and standardize around their own internal set of tools, and uproot those processes that somehow still relied on m$. 

And the best part of it is that we are going to get a fabulous browser for Linux (chrome) and some major enhancements and stability on google docs and friends, for free! :-) :-)


On Jun 3, 2010, at 16:34, scott <> wrote:

> Hi TLUG,
> Probably most people on the list have already read about Google moving
> all of their operating systems from Windows to Linux or Mac. I gotta
> admit I'm jealous. How cool would it be to work in an IT environment
> that's pro open source instead of totally subservient to Microsoft..
> I'm curious how they are going to do it logistically- of course mail,
> web and file servers are easy to migrate because the user won't notice
> back end changes, but for the every day users there I wonder how they
> are going to roll it out. I guess the non techie end users in sales and
> marketing will probably get the MAC OS, but I do remember how hard it
> was to get people to stop using Ichitaro way back when. Anyway
> interesting development isn't it. Another score for the penguins. 
> Cheers,
> Scott in Tokyo
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