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[News] Google Relies on Free Software and Noted by Microsoft Lackey

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Why Google loves open source

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| Perhaps that's because Google apparently recognizes that open source isn't 
| something to be strip-mined. For open source to succeed, it must be made into 
| a renewable resource. That means contributing back. It means respecting the 
| community and feeding it.   
| Google groks this. The next phase is to convince enterprise IT to contribute 
| back, too, as it is the group most in need of the cost savings, innovation, 
| and efficiency that open source can provide. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has 
| been calling for greater enterprise IT participation in open-source 
| communities. Let's hope they listen.    


Game-changers - Google or Apple?

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| When I caught up with Google's mobile chief Hugo Barra, I asked him whether 
| he was disappointed that Android hadn't yet taken over the world. He insisted 
| that the hundreds of applications now being built for the new operating 
| system proved that it was going to be very popular with all sorts of 
| manufacturers - but pointed out that as it was an open-source system, he'd be 
| the last to know what was in the pipeline because nobody needed to tell 
| Google.      


The writer, Rory, is a friend of Microsoft.


Why open source is good for Google

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| At Google, we love open source for a few reasons. First, it speeds
| innovation. Open source lowers the barrier to entry for users, website
| owners, and application developers. It means there can be another Google, or
| another Yahoo!, started from someone's garage in Auckland or Arhus with very
| little capital required, because the building blocks for success are freely
| available.


Google augments open-source spell-check

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| Google released the resulting dictionary entries under the three open-source
| licenses that Hunspell uses: the GNU General Public License and Lesser
| General Public License and the Mozilla Public License. Google added new words
| for 19 languages into the latest developer preview version of Chrome,

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