Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Google is a fantastic company and a leader in the internet search business because of their commitment to innovation and ingenuity. However, they seem to have forgotten the means and the people that helped pave the way to wealth. The purpose of this article is to bring some focus to the needs of the Linux community as well as ask the question "When will Linux be important to Google?" Recently Ken Starks aka helios from Lobby4Linux.com wrote a blog stating We're Waiting Google and made the point that the Linux community doesn't ask for much in return for helping Google achieve success, but the little we have asked for has gone unanswered.
Just a few days ago Larry Page and Sergey Brin purchased a Boeing 767-200. But it wasn't that long ago that these jet setting entrepreneurs were poor graduate students at Stanford University. In 1996 they began working on a search engine called BackRub and then two years later Google™ was introduced to the world.
The humble beginnings of Google includes the use of the Linux® operating system. That's right, not Microsoft® Windows® XP or 98 for that matter.