Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jun 2010 09:42 UTC
Google Google employees have always had a remarkable amount of freedom when it comes to what operating system they wanted to run on company computers - Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, it was all fine. Since the China attacks, however, this has changed: Windows is no longer welcome on Google computers.
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RE: Using Chrome OS
by woegjiub on Tue 1st Jun 2010 10:19 UTC in reply to "Using Chrome OS"
woegjiub
Member since:
2008-11-25

Google uses Ubuntu extensively; there are excellent coding tools in Ubuntu.

Of course, wanting to use google products will cause google to increase the number and power of web applications, chromeOS allows web apps to use client hardware, if I recall correctly.

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RE[2]: Using Chrome OS
by Laurence on Tue 1st Jun 2010 12:22 in reply to "RE: Using Chrome OS"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Google uses Ubuntu extensively; there are excellent coding tools in Ubuntu.


Actually no there isn't.

As of 6months ago, much of Android development required a version of Eclipse that's more recent than the latest copy in Ubuntu's software repositories.

This meant that Ubuntu users had to manually download and install Eclipse - ie configure their coding tools from sources outside of Canonical's distros.

Aside that, Ubuntu isn't really that much different from most other Linux distros in terms of development tools.

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RE[3]: Using Chrome OS
by Windows Sucks on Tue 1st Jun 2010 12:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Using Chrome OS"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

"Google uses Ubuntu extensively; there are excellent coding tools in Ubuntu.


Actually no there isn't.

As of 6months ago, much of Android development required a version of Eclipse that's more recent than the latest copy in Ubuntu's software repositories.

This meant that Ubuntu users had to manually download and install Eclipse - ie configure their coding tools from sources outside of Canonical's distros.
"

Wow, Ubuntu users having to do what all other people on all other OS's have to do. Install apps manually. Man Ubuntu sucks. LOL!

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RE[3]: Using Chrome OS
by flynn on Tue 1st Jun 2010 13:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Using Chrome OS"
flynn Member since:
2009-03-19

"Google uses Ubuntu extensively; there are excellent coding tools in Ubuntu.

As of 6months ago, much of Android development required a version of Eclipse that's more recent than the latest copy in Ubuntu's software repositories.

This meant that Ubuntu users had to manually download and install Eclipse - ie configure their coding tools from sources outside of Canonical's distros.
"
I wonder why more people aren't using rolling-release distros, where things like this never happen.

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RE[3]: Using Chrome OS
by google_ninja on Tue 1st Jun 2010 18:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Using Chrome OS"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Similar thing happens with ruby gems, specifically rails.

ruby libs have their own package management system (basically a CPAN clone called rubygems) that does a good enough job. But debian also tracks specific libs in its repo (one of which is rails), so if you do "apt-get install rubygems", you end up with a modified version that spits out an error if you try to install a debian tracked library through gem.

The reason this is retarded is that certain packages (like rails) move WAY faster then the debian repo maintainers. That means that if you install rails on ubuntu the supported way, you end up with an obsolete version that can't be upgraded until the next release. Replacing the crippled ubuntu rubygems install with one off of rubyforge is potentially a non trivial job as well. Finally, if rubygems is an existing system that does a better job then apt for ruby libraries, and is used exclusively by every rubyist, why the hell would you bother trying to fix something that isn't broken?

I think in a general way, apt is great for app installs, but terrible for dev tools, or anything where staying remotely up to date with upstream is desirable.

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RE[2]: Using Chrome OS
by jibadeeha on Tue 1st Jun 2010 18:14 in reply to "RE: Using Chrome OS"
jibadeeha Member since:
2009-08-10

Google uses Ubuntu extensively; there are excellent coding tools in Ubuntu.

Of course, wanting to use google products will cause google to increase the number and power of web applications, chromeOS allows web apps to use client hardware, if I recall correctly.


I was referring to the last paragraph in the article, and thinking more along the lines that if Google were to make it's employers eat their own dog food (e.g. using Chrome OS), then this might be somewhat difficult for their developers and probably not a necessary move.

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