gLinux

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gLinux is a Debian Testing-based Linux distribution used at Google as a workstation operating system.[1] The Google gLinux team builds the system from source code, introducing their own changes.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] gLinux replaced the previously used Ubuntu-based distribution, Goobuntu.[9] gLinux is usually installed by loading into a bootstrap environment when it is first booted up.[10] When gLinux is getting started up, the root files are unpacked and the Debian installer starts to perform the installation.[10] Over the years, Google has focused on speed, scale, and data which is the thought process that allowed them to move to gLinux.[11] Google was using Ubuntu before switching to gLinux; however, Ubuntu was found to have significant vulnerabilities and was a contributing factor of the move to gLinux.[12]

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  1. ^ "gLinux lightning talk". YouTube. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ Prakash, Abhishek. "No More Ubuntu! Debian is the New Choice For Google's In-house Linux Distribution". It's FOSS. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  3. ^ Google moves to Debian for in-house Linux desktop | ZDNet
  4. ^ Google Ditches Goobuntu Linux For Debian-Based gLinux, FossBytes
  5. ^ Merriman, Chris (17 January 2018). "Google ditches Ubuntu for Debian for internal engineering environment". The Inquirer. Archived from the original on 18 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Google's Chrome OS gets new app muscle with built-in Linux - CNET
  7. ^ OpenNews: Google переводит рабочие станции инженеров с Goobuntu (Ubuntu) на gLinux (Debian), OpenNET (in Russian).
  8. ^ Google Replaces Its Ubuntu-Based Goobuntu Linux OS with Debian-Based gLinux, Softpedia News
  9. ^ Google's Linux workstations are switching from Ubuntu to Debian - Android Police, 19 Jan 2018
  10. ^ a b Fata, Matt; Arida, Philippe-Joseph; Hahn, Patrick; Beyer, Betsy (June 2018). "Corp to Cloud: Google's Virtual Desktops: How Google moved its virtual desktops to the cloud". Queue. 16 (3): 58–78. doi:10.1145/3236386.3264508. ISSN 1542-7730.
  11. ^ Levy, Steven (2011). How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. United States of America: Steven Levy. ISBN 978-1-4165-9658-5.
  12. ^ Koroniotis, Nickolaos; Moustafa, Nour; Turnbull, Benjamin; Schiliro, Francesco; Gauravaram, Praveen; Janicke, Helge (2021-09-19). "A Deep Learning-based Penetration Testing Framework for Vulnerability Identification in Internet of Things Environments". arXiv:2109.09259 [cs].