Google to Switch to Debian Linux Distribution

At Information Week, Charles Babcock reports that Google is no longer employing its custom version of Linux instead opting for the open-sourced Debian.

In moving to Debian, Google is demonstrating that it wants Google Compute Engine to become less Google-technology specific and more of a standard platform. Compute Engine’s predecessor, App Engine, a developer’s platform as a service, restricted itself to Google’s favorite language, Python, at its launch. Compute Engine workloads based on Debian means the favored operating system will be supported by a community larger than Google’s development team itself.

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