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Goobuntu: Google's in-house desktop Ubuntu Linux

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There are tens-of-thousands of Goobuntu users. This includes graphic designers, engineers, management, and sales people. It's a very diverse community. Some, like Ken Thompson, helped create Unix and some don't know anything about computers except how to use their application.”

To manage all these Goobuntu desktops, Google uses apt and Puppet desktop administration tools. This gives the Google desktop management team the power to quickly control and manage their PCs. That's important because, “A single reboot can cost us a million dollars per instance.”

Three cheers for Puppet!

Btw, does Google contribute Goobuntu back to the public domain?

I can't tell...

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