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New hires are now given the option of using Apple’s Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. “Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said one employee. “Microsoft we don’t feel so good about.”
But many employees were relieved they could still use Macs and Linux. “It would have made more people upset if they banned Macs rather than Windows,”
Would there be so much weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth if GOOG dropped MacOSX or Linux?
When/if the OS demographics change significantly the hackers will start targeting Mac and Linux more than they do now and anyone that thinks Linux is safe is just waiting for a rude wake up call.
The OS usually isn't the point of entry, it's typically other apps installed on the computer like a browser, or in the case of a web server something like a vulnerable CMS.
However, Google isn’t forcing its staff over to a Chrome-only environment yet and some told the newspaper that they were relieved to still be able to run Mac and Linux operating systems at the company.
Another Microsoft rival - IBM - made a similar shift from Redmondian software in June 2008 when it advised its 20,000-strong techies to ditch MS Office and use open standards software such as its own Lotus Symphony instead.
So it’s hardly surprising to see Google walk away from its competition’s operating system. In fact, some might wonder what took the company so long to turn its back on Microsoft.
when there are very strong open source alternatives that have a better security history
Linux has plenty of server market share, and a better security history there
Antivirus company Intego today announced that it has discovered a new spyware application capable of infecting computers running Mac OS X. The spyware, known as "OSX/OpinionSpy
In early January, some new hires were still being allowed to install Windows on their laptops, but it was not an option for their desktop computers. Google would not comment on its current policy.
[edited by: J_RaD at 11:48 pm (utc) on Jun 7, 2010]
It's pretty ridiculous that a decent PC will run you less than the cost of the OS and office.
When one of the world's largest companies goes completely open source successfully and others follow it could spell seriously bad news for future Microsoft profits.