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Feb 01, 2006 05:51 # 41524

Aynjell *** posts about...

Goobuntu

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Apparently, google has thier very own distrobution for internal use based on ubuntu. Read all (or at least some) about it here!

I should be ashamed of myself.

Feb 23, 2006 03:53 # 41977

ravenpi * replies...

Sorry -- urban legend.

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There *is* an internally-used Google-modified version of Ubuntu, but there are no current plans for it to be released. See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goobuntu

Feb 23, 2006 04:06 # 41978

majic *** replies...

Re: Sorry -- urban legend.

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there are no current plans for it to be released

This is a good thing Google seems to think they can push out shit into every corner of our lives and it'll be successful because they are "GOOGLE". Linux is better off not to have a Google branded distro with all the idiotic Google'esc features... These people already think they are untouchable just think what would happen if they released some Linux distro that attracted every Google lover in the world. My head hurts just thinking about it.

We put Google on this pedistal that nobody can live up to, they are a company that just happens to have a good search engine. It's not like they invented WARP drive and have sent humans to Mars. We are talking about a technology that has about 0 effect on the evolution of the human race. It blows my mind how so many people think that Google is so special in Tech today.

Feb 23, 2006 04:39 # 41981

ravenpi * replies...

Whoah! Didn't mean to touch a nerve, there.

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Honestly, I'd be all over a Google-branded Linux distro. Why? Because I think it'd work -- that, AND I think that they'd be able to get folks to try their (hopefully very user-friendly) distro who wouldn't otherwise give Linux a second glance.

No: Google is certainly not the be-all, end-all. What they are, however, is a company that does what it does well. For a good solid five years, there, I had www.altavista.digital.com hardcoded into my fingertips. Occasionally yahoo.com or lycos.com, but AltaVista's search options made it supremely good at doing stuff.

Eventually, however, you'd see (say) three out of the top ten links for Linux being porn -- the engine was being abused, and AV hadn't figured out a way to stop it.

Well, guess what? Google did. I grant you: it's not a cure for world hunger. But, instead of (exec-u-speak ahead) thinking harder, they thought smarter -- and I have to say I think they continue in that vein.

Let's face it: virtually *everything* that Google offers can be had -- gratis -- from alternate vendors. Google gets -- and keeps -- the users because it keeps the users happy. If someone did a Linux distro along those lines, I'd be all over it.

$.02, etc.

-Ken

Feb 23, 2006 04:48 # 41982

majic *** replies...

Re: Whoah! Didn't mean to touch a nerve, there.

I can't think of anything Google could do better with their Google branded internal fork of Ubuntu. Well I take that back, maybe they keep the packages updated quicker than Ubuntu. I'd be interested in seeing exactly what they forked, why did Google think Ubuntu wasn't enough? I want to know but I'm sure they aren't telling.

I've found 1 problem with Ubuntu in version 5.04 and 5.10 and that would be the idiotic developers attitude to fix the broken version of Ruby that they keep shipping. They refuse to fix the packages and ship a stable version because they initially shipped broken ones and won't fix anything but security problems. These guys really are too much. Luckily the next version this year will finally fix the Ruby package that was broke for the entire year of 2005. Thank GOD for distros that ship current packages.... GENTOO my love, hold me....

Feb 23, 2006 21:11 # 41989

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: Whoah! Didn't mean to touch a nerve, there.

Thank GOD for distros that ship current packages.... GENTOO my love, hold me....

Ubuntu is based on GNU/Debian, aint it? So why you dont simply add stuff from unstable and testing mirrors servers, eg. the bugfixed version of Ruby? Dead simple I'd say.

cu, w0lf.

beards are cool. every villain has one!

Feb 23, 2006 22:15 # 41991

majic *** replies...

Re: Whoah! Didn't mean to touch a nerve, there.

Ubuntu is based on GNU/Debian, aint it? So why you dont simply add stuff from unstable and testing mirrors servers, eg. the bugfixed version of Ruby? Dead simple I'd say.

Yep easy but that is not really the point. The point is being able to use official sanctioned Ubuntu mirrors to pull down a stable package of Ruby which did not exist. Every version was a pre-release cvs build from the looks of it. I am not complaining for the sake of complaining, I could have easily manually installed Ruby from source but my whole point is to stick with the proper packages (ie. supported ones) that the distro ships if I were using a binary packaged distro.

This is really moot now because the new version that will be released very soon has a good stable build of Ruby by default.


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