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July 25, 2006

New Google Service For Open Source Projects

Greg Stein from Google wrote am intentionally cryptic message on Google Code Blog:
I've been working with a great team for a while now to produce a new Google Service for the Open Source community -- in fact, we're putting the final touches on it as I write this blog post.

Come to my OSCON talk on Thursday the 27th, at 1:45pm, to learn more!

OSCON is O'Reilly Open Source Convention, an annual conference on open source software, such as Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl, PHP and Python. Greg Stein has worked for many open source projects like WebDAV, Python and Apache and now works for Google.

It will be interesting to see the new Google project that might be a search engine for code like Krugle, a repository for open source code that allows collaboration and has a version control system or an API based on GData that expands Google Web Search API. Or it might be something else.

Google has contributed a lot to the open source community by releasing patches to WINE, to the Linux kernel and by developing APIs for many services. One thing will definitely remain proprietary code: Google search engine.

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