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Old 05-31-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
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'Mac or Linux, but no more Windows'

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We first heard rumors of this policy change a couple of months ago, but now it's made the papers: the Financial Times is reporting that Google is phasing out the use of Windows internally, as employees are migrated to either Linux or Mac OS X on machine turnovers or new hires. The policy change was precipitated in large part by the security breach attributed to Chinese hackers; Google's IT leaders apparently feel that Microsoft's OS represents too great a risk across the enterprise to leave it in place.

The story says that in January, subsequent to the security breaches, Windows installations on desktop computers were no longer allowed, although laptops were still eligible for Windows at the employee's discretion. Many Google staffers, however, were already heading for the Mac as a security measure, and at this point things have been pretty well laid down in stone: "Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval," according to one anonymous Googler quoted by the FT.

Google has long offered employees a choice of OS for their primary workstation, and some dissatisfaction with the new rules has been registered; however, the sentiment is apparently not that negative, considering the alternative possibilities. "It would have made more people upset if they banned Macs rather than Windows," says an unnamed employee. No doubt.

Business Insider suggests that Google's infrastructure represents about 20,000 Windows licenses that now will not be renewed or upgraded. Of course, the existing Wintel hardware will run Ubuntu Linux or the company's upcoming Chrome OS, but adding Mac OS X to the mix will mean purchasing Mac hardware. Maybe that's what the Steve-Eric Coffee Summit was about: truckloads of MacBook Pros heading for the Googleplex.

(As one commenter suggests below, this also means that malware developers may have new reason to focus their efforts on Mac OS X. Every silver lining has a cloud.)

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Old 06-01-2010, 02:43 AM   #2
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I lol. Now if only linux would become useful and get some solid game support drivers it might be taken more seriously.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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Google is working on it's own OS? I heard rummors a long time ago but not much else. I wouldn't mind playing with it but we all know the games are on windows and until that changes the OS world will never change.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:54 PM   #4
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google OS is for netbooks only and is based on BSD .
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:52 PM   #5
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The Google OS is mostly cloud computing. If HTML5 holds up to its promise than Google OS could stream games in real time.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:58 PM   #6
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it could no problems with onlive or something similar however as they are only aiming it at net books ( i read somwher you will only be able to get it on a 'gogle' netbook)am not they would have enough grunt, plus you will have the 7-10" screen to deal with.

i would suspect a much meatier version a few years after the light weight netbbook one if it takes off tho ..'

but personally i'd be surprised if its better than the new ubuntu light net book OS .. thats rearly neat

but tbh any net book in theroy should be able to run onlive as there doesn't seem to be a minimum memory requirement for the incoming feed which i find kinda odd tbh.

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What kind of Internet connection do I need to use the OnLive Service?

OnLive works over nearly any wired broadband connection (DSL, cable modem, fiber, or through the LAN at your college or office) with 5Mbps or greater for HD-resolution games. OnLive requires 1.5Mbps for SD-resolution, but initially at launch, OnLive will only offer HD-resolution. Although OnLive technically works over WiFi wireless networks, the reliability of wireless networks can vary greatly, due to interference sources such as microwave ovens, and other wireless networks sharing the spectrum. Initially at launch, OnLive will not support wireless networks.
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Google's OS for Netbooks is a fantastic IDEA. Most people will cry imo that they can't access their desktop when they start using it HAHAHAAAAA
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