Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 12th Nov 2009 19:30 UTC
Google Google have created a new HTTP-based protocol "SPDY" (pronounced "Speedy") to solve the problem of the client-server latency with HTTP. "We want to continue building on the web's tradition of experimentation and optimization, to further support the evolution of websites and browsers. So over the last few months, a few of us here at Google have been experimenting with new ways for web browsers and servers to speak to each other, resulting in a prototype web server and Google Chrome client with SPDY support."
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Please enlighten us - what are those purposes? For bonus points, explain the SoC students working on Haiku, FreeBSD, and other OSes and projects google has never used.

Mindshare: They gain a bunch of Google seminary students who will likely support and user Google's platform in the future, and simultaneously deny their competitors (Microsoft, Yahoo, etc) from gaining mindshare with the next generation of devs.

Edited 2009-11-12 23:44 UTC

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ichi Member since:

It's quite interesting then to see that one of the funded projects is Mono.

Does Google gain mindshare? Sure, from those that get into the program, but that's about it. Funding a project and gaining mindshare always go together.

People get paid to work on projects not related with Google, so Google doesn't get to take advantage of any of that (not any more than any other company).

As far as I know no one is stopping Microsoft or Yahoo from applying as a mentoring organization and getting Google sponsored coders for free.

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DOSguy Member since:

The picture you try to paint suggests this bunch of students has the CHOICE to "support and use Google's platform in the future". They are students; I assume they can think for themselves and understand what marketing means.
I don't see any problem with Google's SoC and I am happy that a big company like Google tries to be open in at least some way and shares a lot of it's research and code. Even if it is their only motive to make a lot of money or to market itself: this is the case for every company. With Google we at least get something in return....

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tomcat Member since:

Anybody who spends any time helping Google become more successful -- without being compensated -- is a moron. If Google cares enough about this project, they will FUND it.

Edited 2009-11-13 01:17 UTC

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