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Google, could you...

... release all of your software for Linux please? At least beta versions anyway.  Knowing that you maintain tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Linux servers makes us, the Linux community, wonder why this hasn't happened already.  I realize that you do have software for Linux already, but Firefox extensions can only go so far.

With the release of Google Pack for Windows and Google Earth for Mac, when are we going to see these releases on Linux? Of course, Google Pack is mostly a collection of software that you do not maintain, but there are Linux versions available.

All in all, you are a solid company, and I love using your services and software.  I just wish that you would realize that you are alienating many, many people.

- Aaron

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Ben using Internet Explorer 6.0 on Windows NT | January 19, 2006 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Maybe you don't realize how Google got to be such a popular company - whether we like it or not, there are, and probably always will be, millions upon millions more users of Windows machines than there are of Linux machines. And because families use Windows more than Linux (i.e. Linux users tend to be single males (or at least their Linux machines are only used by them, with a more friendly Windows box for the rest of their family)), that means that for each Windows machine, there are probably twice as many users. Do the math. Google, for all of its kindness to the open source community, is still a business and if they hope to take over the world they have to focus their efforts (read: time & money) on something that will give the greatest return. Eventually, I am certain they will release code for Unix and Linux, but it may take some time.

  2. Aaron using Firefox 1.5 on Windows XP | January 19, 2006 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Oh believe me. I understand the popularity of Google. However, your faith in Windows is skewed. If you haven't been paying attention, the iPod has been launching the Mac OS into a considerable market share and with the popularity of open source software, Linux is on the serious rise. So, your statement "whether we like it or not, there are, and probably always will be....more user of Windows machines than....Linux machines" is just inaccurate. The sun is setting on Microsoft, and it won't be long before the rest of your family starts using Linux/UNIX on a regular basis. Spend your time focusing on what brings you the most return for your investment, but don't forget who scratches your back without any thought of themselves. Sure they will release the software for the Linux/UNIX paltform, it is just taking too long, that's all.

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