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elgato



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Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:36 pm    Post subject: Google moving away from Windows  

Google has seen enough of Microsoft's Windows operating system, suspending internal use of the OS amid security concerns related to the attack on its network late last year, according to a report.

The Financial Times reported late Monday that Google has begun telling new employees that they are no longer able to request Windows PCs, giving them the choice of Mac or Linux systems. Google has long offered its employees their choice of work operating system but will no longer do so, The Financial Times said, after an attack on Windows and Internet Explorer 6 resulted in the theft of Google intellectual property, believed to be source code, late last year.

Rumors to this effect surfaced earlier in the year, but CNET was unable to confirm them at the time. Microsoft has never been a friendly face inside the Googleplex, but Google's engineering-driven culture and need to test its software on a variety of systems usually meant that at least some portion of its employees preferred the Windows environment. Some Google employees will still be able to use Windows machines, but they will have to get special permission, according to the report.

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elpereles



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Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:12 am    Post subject: Re: Google moving away from Windows  

What is next? A Linux version of Google, Goonux? :lol:
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mojavelyn



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Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:14 am    Post subject:  

I didn't like Chrome.
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elgato



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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:56 am    Post subject:  

mojavelyn wrote (View Post): › docWrite("quote")I didn't like Chrome.

You're not alone MO! :lol:
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elgato



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Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:17 am    Post subject: Re: Google moving away from Windows  

Related:

"Why Google's Windows Ban Doesn't Make Sense"

Google's move to ban Windows for internal use was ostensibly for security reasons. But that looks more like a convenient excuse than anything else, because there are plenty of reasons the ban doesn't make sense.

Google's ban of Windows implies that the China attack was a garden-variety Trojan or piece of malware that infected individual PCs. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The attack on Google was extremely sophisticated and highly targeted. Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research for McAfee, told Wired Magazine, "We have never ever, outside of the defense industry, seen commercial industrial companies come under that level of sophisticated attack. It's totally changing the threat model."

Almost a dozen pieces of malware and multiple levels of encryption were used in the attack. Many people believe the Chinese government was involved, which means a substantial amount of time and work went into it.

What does this mean? Even if Windows wasn't being used, Google still would have been targeted. Given the resources behind the attack, there's a reasonable chance it would have succeeded. So banning Windows won't keep Google safe.

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Juliartz



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Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:07 am    Post subject:  

mojavelyn wrote (View Post): › docWrite("quote")I didn't like Chrome.
Hmm, I like chrome. I like its simplicity. Not all gunked up with BS things. Does what I need it to, with no problems, and I don't have junk getting in the way.. On the other hand, I totally hate FF. So hate it, that I will take IE over FF any day of the week. 8)
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