“Google has no plans to release an operating system or an office suite.”
Within the company itself, “most Google developers use Linux desktops.” It’s not just the technical staff that is Linux and open-source users and supporters. It comes from the top.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google’s founders, are both “passionate about open source” according to DiBona.
Google has also been supporting open source by encouraging students to develop it. The most prominent example of that was its $2 million “Summer of Code.”
Google has donated $350,000 to a joint open-source technology initiative at Oregon State University and Portland State University.