|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Google operating system
|On Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 09:19:58AM -0400, Ron Guerin wrote:
> Paul Robert Marino wrote:
> > Ron Guerin wrote:
> >> Paul Robert Marino wrote:
> >>> Hey I was watching the news and they just said that Google announced
> >>> they are coming out with a PC operating system.
> >>> Considering their history I cant help thinking it will be a variation
> >>> of Android which is GNU Linux based.
> >> Oh man, I wish they'd do us all a favor and not. Allow me to underline
> >> that Android is *not* GNU/Linux based. Google has taken great pains to
> >> ensure there's no GNU in Android.
> >> - Ron
> > well it is using the Linux kernel
> > granted the rest of the OS is mostly in house built however when
> > moving to a larger platform like a PC its hard to imagine they
> > wouldn't leverage the wide range of GNU software. besides I cant see
> > them not using GNU libC or GCC.
> > its all a question of how GNU is it.
> You might want to read up about it. Google doesn't allow any GPL in
> their stuff. That pretty much excludes everything GNU. That GNU/Linux
> users might struggle to twist it into an acceptable form makes it no
> better than Windows or OS X.
> - Ron
What is Google's reasoning on this? I thought they were extensive users of
GNU software with a ton of Linux kernel ased servers.