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Google Switches to Mac, Bans Windows Over Security Flaws

by June 02, 2010
Google Bans Windows

Google Bans Windows

Google, who employs over 10,000 people worldwide, is gradually but systematically ditching Windows across its entire company due to security concerns. According to a few sources within the company, the decision comes after news in January that Google was hacked in an attack originating in China. Those attacks used a security vulnerability in Internet Explorer for Windows.

The report was first reported by the Financial Times which cited several Google employees.

"We're not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort," said one Google employee.

Other employees have indicated that it appears that the majority of those moving away from Windows PCs are taking up Mac OS while new hires are given the option to run Mac OS or a Linux-based machine. This is a change since January, when employees were still allowed to install Windows on their laptops, but Mac OS X or Linus was required for all desktop computers.

Of course, this is potentially good and bad news for Mac users. Bad, since they may now become a target for hackers hoping to break into Google's new operating system of choice. The good news is that Google will most decidedly be even more Mac-friendly with their application development if a majority of employee computers are using the platform.

Within the company, employee reactions were decidedly optimistic, and the thought was that employees would actually have been more upset if Google had banned the Mac OS, rather than Windows.

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JerryLove posts on June 11, 2010 14:32
JohnA, post: 724263
How are they outlawing a system when they can still develop in a native Win environment on a mac?
From thread title: "Google bans Windows".
jeffsg4mac posts on June 10, 2010 19:58
panzeroceania, post: 724278
you should try digikam for linux, it's the best camera software I use.

homepage: http://www.digikam.org/

example video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_CfGMy9VmE

seriously watch that video, it's getting better every day.

As you can see the newest release was released yesterday, June 8th 2010.

I will look at and and play with it, but from first glance it still looks to be a long way from either Lightroom or Aperture.
panzeroceania posts on June 09, 2010 15:29
jeffsg4mac, post: 723719
The biggest thing that keeps me from using linux is software. There are a few pieces of software that are only available for OS X or Windows and there is no equivalent or one even close for linux. One is Apples Aperture. It is hands down the best photo software available. It is simply awesome. Lightroom is a close second and there is nothing even close to either one for linux and I have tried what is available.

you should try digikam for linux, it's the best camera software I use.

homepage: http://www.digikam.org/

example video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_CfGMy9VmE

seriously watch that video, it's getting better every day.

As you can see the newest release was released yesterday, June 8th 2010.
JohnA posts on June 09, 2010 14:52
JerryLove, post: 724026
Added to that: since Google develops software, and the majority of its (non-phone) cusomters use Windows: it seems a bad decision to outlaw the system most of your customers use.

How are they outlawing a system when they can still develop in a native Win environment on a mac?
JerryLove posts on June 08, 2010 22:58
The problem is that Google was not hit by some random virus (of which: most target Windows systems or applications), but by a targeted attack.

By those standards: Mac OS is *less* secure than Windows 7. Linux can be made more secure than Win7, but is not in its default configuration (most builds).

Added to that: since Google develops software, and the majority of its (non-phone) cusomters use Windows: it seems a bad decision to outlaw the system most of your customers use.

and am I the only one that noticed a complete lack of talk of computers in Jobs' address this year?
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