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Google Launches Google Code

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the submission-avalanche dept.

Google 235

ibjhb writes "Google is at it again and has launched Google Code. It appears to be "Google's place for Open Source software". " Can't say that I'm surprised that our old friend (and former Slashdot Author) Chris DiBona is working on this one. They have links to several open source projects, as well as to Google API information.

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235 comments

uh oh (4, Funny)

peculiarmethod (301094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968479)

Freshmeat just got a 'best if used by' date.

Re:uh oh (1)

ihatewinXP (638000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968545)

You have a great point, but I wouldnt go that far yet. Freshmeat already has an installed use base of...... oh damn near everyone.

While google will have some great features (as they have done with maps and answers) I dont believe it will be enough to cause a mass exodus from Freshmeat et. at. But with their leveraging power they will surely be the next generations choice.

Re:uh oh (4, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968957)

What happens when they open Googledot.org ;)

Re:uh oh (4, Funny)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11969012)

We won't have as many duped posts? Articles and links will be checked before they're posted? Grievous spelling errors will be corrected in the editing process? There will actually be an editing process?

On the other hand, there will still be a Cowboy Neal Option in the polls.

Re:uh oh (4, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968556)

not exactly freshmeat..

**What is code.google.com?
Code.google.com is our site for external developers interested in Google-related development. It's where we'll publish free source code and lists of our API services.**

besides than that.. *Why are you releasing code through Sourceforge?
Well, because they were nice enough to oblige, and because developers here like Sourceforge. Future homes for new projects might include Tigris.org or language specific sites like the Vaults of Parnassus and CPAN. *

yeah. ALL THE PROJECTS ARE ON SOURCEFORGE!

Re:uh oh (5, Insightful)

Curtman (556920) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968907)

yeah. ALL THE PROJECTS ARE ON SOURCEFORGE!

Good point. Because Sourceforge, Freshmeat, and Slashdot are all OSTG [ostg.com] pages. This is nice to see Google taking an interest in OSTG, not competing with it.

News (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968600)

In other news today on /., Google wiped its ass.

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968487)

yeah baby yeaaah

Bad title (1, Interesting)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968489)

I got my hopes up. I saw Google Code and thought they were releasing thier code for goodle. After reading, I found out its another "service" thing. What ever its pro OSS

Re:Bad title (4, Interesting)

otisaardvark (587437) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968557)

Hmmm... I was hoping it would be Google helping you search through Sourceforge and other open repositories in a more directed way... improved code search tools would be great, but this isn't bad!

Re:Bad title (1)

mebob (57853) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968613)

yeah the sourceforge search function needs soem help.

Re:Bad title (1)

SirTalon42 (751509) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968722)

Its powered by Yahoo... what did you expect?

Re:Bad title (3, Informative)

Dolda2000 (759023) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968799)

Are you referring to adding "site:sourceforge.net" to your search terms, like this [google.com] ?

Re:Bad title (4, Interesting)

otisaardvark (587437) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968888)

No. I was referring to tools specially adapted to searching through code itself.

Re:Bad title (1)

Dolda2000 (759023) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968762)

It's not such a bad title. Although it's not the entire Google source code, it is part of it.

From the FAQ:

Are these programs still in active use at Google?
They aren't just in active use; they're in active development. These first projects are all current, actively maintained code straight out of our repositories, and as we improve them, those improvements will be merged into the free code base.

Re:Bad title (0, Redundant)

Myddrin (54596) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968934)

Yeah, I did too. I'm really not sure I see why thye haven't. The amount of hardware required makes anyone "stealing" the code and setting up "Hoogle.com" just about impossible. (The only one who might want to is MSNSearch, and do you think they would really use open source code so publicly?)

Not saying that I think they have a moral obligation here, I think they have done more than enough for the FOSS community.... but I am sort of curious as to why they keep their source closed.

Re:Bad title (1)

qwerbus (583999) | more than 9 years ago | (#11969061)

Releaing google code? Thats almost as unlikely as Microsofot ever being nice to anyone.

I'm an Apple user. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968491)

How does this affect me?

In other News! (-1, Redundant)

BitwiseX (300405) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968512)

Google annouces Googledot! News for Googleoids. Stuff you searched for.

Re:In other News! (4, Funny)

thirteenVA (759860) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968699)

In other news, slashdot announces new moderation level. '-1 Only funny the first time you hear it'

Re:In other News! (5, Insightful)

Liselle (684663) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968712)

I remember complaining for months that /. didn't even have an icon for Google. Now I wish they'd make google.slashdot.org and get this stuff off the front page. Maybe take the place of Apache, which has had a grand total of one article in all of 2005.

Re:In other News! (1, Funny)

dokkeri (868014) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968769)

So would this site only contain porn or something else too?

Swell. (0, Offtopic)

ColonelFubster (758353) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968518)

That's K-Rad.

Well done, Chris! (1, Interesting)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968532)

Well done, Chris! You know that I voted for you.
-russ

Re:Well done, Chris! (3, Funny)

ghoti (60903) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968621)

I didn't know he was CowboyNeal!

Re:Well done, Chris! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968802)

Nope, they're both just obese white virgins.

CowboyNeal (likely in search of food):

He really is this fat [wang-fu.org]

Chris DiBona (posing for homoerotic photography):

Posing for the magazines [spidereyeballs.com]

Nice (5, Informative)

M.C. Hampster (541262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968536)


It looks like rather than try to reinvent the wheel, they are utilizing SourceForge for hosting their code. It's nice to see that they aren't suffering from "Not Invented Here" syndrome.

Re:Nice (2, Funny)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968725)

Interesting everything is released under the BSD license instead of the GPL.

I guess they can expect a nastygram from Stallman any day now.

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968822)

To paraphrase Tom from Family guy: "Thank you M.C. Hampster for that incredibly irrelevant comment."

code.google.com FAQ (4, Informative)

e03179 (578506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968537)

Google Code FAQ: http://code.google.com/faq.html/ [google.com]

Code.google.com is our site for external developers interested in Google-related development. It's where we'll publish free source code and lists of our API services. A lot of people worked together to both prepare source code for release and prepare code.google.com for launch and ongoing maintenance. We really care about free and open source software (F/OSS) at Google, and this site is one aspect of that affection.

Read the rest of the FAQ: http://code.google.com/faq.html/ [google.com]

Re:code.google.com FAQ (4, Insightful)

filmmaker (850359) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968713)

The cultural significance of Google's position on F/OSS software is their ace in the hole against Yahoo and MSN. That's not to say the technology needs a hidden ace, but only that the geek appeal toward Google will remain strong if they continue to "don't be evil," the highest manifestation of that being their willingness to share code.

Re:code.google.com FAQ (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968796)

Thanks, man.
The threat of Google getting /.ed was severe, but surely you have pulled us back from the knife edge of the cusp of the precipice. ;)

the editor Chris? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968543)

Was Chris the editor who politicized everything and got the boot?

Re:the editor Chris? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968740)

No, that was michael. Wait, he's still here.

Re:the editor Chris? (2, Informative)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968750)

No, that was Michael Sims [sethf.com] who seems to be just a total douche bag wherever he goes (read the link for more info on his immature tirade at censorware.org).

Sourceforge (5, Informative)

aftk2 (556992) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968549)

When I first read the article blurb, I thought it meant Google was announcing some sort of source code repository, like SourceForge. Instead, it's a listing of their various open source projects.

That's cool, certainly, but nothing terribly exciting. Isn't this stuff that's already been floating around on the Google website? Or is this a quick-and-dirty attempt to match developer.yahoo.com [yahoo.com] , which still looks to be more capable.

Re:Sourceforge (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968656)

coredumper: Gives you the ability to dump cores from programs when it was previously not possible.

That's pretty much the opposite of the problem I usually have.

Up next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968554)

Google googles google google. Google!

Re:Up next (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968685)

Close... Up next on Slashdot!
  • Apple!
  • Google!
  • Google!
  • Apple!
  • Google! (dupe)
  • Anime!
  • iPod/Google integration!
  • Googling anime! (dupe)
  • Microsoft announces minor security hole, Slashdot predicts end of the Internets!

Re:Up next (1)

hachete (473378) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968926)

film at 11

Re:Up next (0, Redundant)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968774)


Yea, when does Google get its own category and icon?

AOL! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11969147)

Thanks for adding nothing to the conversation you AOLamer!

Google (3, Funny)

Enjoi (857482) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968561)

What next?

Google Personals?
Google Quotes Database?
Google Car Insurance?

Re:Google (4, Funny)

RangerRick98 (817838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968616)

Google Car Insurance?

Google can help you search billions of pages on the Internet, but it won't save you any money on car insurance.

Geico.

Re:Google (2, Interesting)

doc_holliday814 (726060) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968625)

I'd like to see Google IM.

Re:Google (2)

inject_hotmail.com (843637) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968682)

What next?

I say GoogleHome (R).

For everything you do and need in life, google will be there (C).

Remember, you heard it here first.

Inject

Re:Google (1)

QuijiboIsAWord (715586) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968751)

Not sure why you couldnt just do this yourself, but fine, here you go:

Google Personals:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Personals [google.com]
Google Quotes Database:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1&q [google.com] = Quotes+Database
Google Car Insurance:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1&q [google.com] = Car+Insurance

Re:Google (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968772)

Google Escort Service

Google Hitman

Google Interstellar Travel Booking

Re:Google (1)

Patrick Mannion (782290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968906)

Google Surfer, surf the web, Google-style
Gnix, Google + Unix = Gnix!
Bell Google, Google on your phone
Google.net, Google connects
GoogleCities, Host yourself with Google
Google Airlines, Fly away with Google
Google Playsphere, games with the power of Google!

Re:Google (1)

FecesFlingingRhesus (806117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968913)



You all joke but don't trust [slashdot.org] them god damnit don't trust [slashdot.org] them they are out to take over [slashdot.org] the world.

Re:Google (1)

Quixote (154172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968961)

So you're the one who's been submitting all these Google stories!

Re:Google (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968968)

GoogleGasm (google for pr0n, competition to http://booble.com/ [booble.com] )

Re:Google (1)

ogonek (833611) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968975)

It's so obvious, Google Porn.

Google registered googleporn.com and now they're moving into the porn business.

Re:Google (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#11969029)

Google Car Insurance? I can just see it now...

Employee: Well, I searched for it like you asked on Google, but there were no matching results. But I have some good news...

Boss: What's that?

Employee: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Google.

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968566)

Google Code Launches You!

Google and 20% time (5, Interesting)

nathan s (719490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968578)

From the FAQ [google.com] :

You may have heard about 20% time, in which Google engineers are encouraged to work on a personal project one day out of the week. Open Source interests a lot of Google developers, so we thought taking advantage of this program was a good way to prepare code for release and maintenance.

People at Google keep saying that they get ~20% time to work on personal projects. I'm curious about a couple of things here.

  • Does this 20% time come out of the normal 40hr/week thing (and for that matter, do these engineers work 40/week or are they doing 100/week and get 20% time out of that)?
  • Does Google or the developer own intellectual property developed out of that 20% time?

Re:Google and 20% time (2, Informative)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968709)

I'm not sure about the first question, but the answer to the second question is easy: Google.

They're paying you to develop ideas, they may be your ideas, but you're using company time and resources to create them (ie: you're being paid to generate the ideas AND they're financing the initial development effort), so the ideas are their property.

I'm sure someone can come up with some philosophical way around this, but if it ever went to court, the case would prolly be over pretty quick.

~D

Re:Google and 20% time (1)

nathan s (719490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968749)

That's my suspicion as well.

In that case, though, who would ever want to work on personal projects there? I know I certainly wouldn't. I value my own ideas (rightly so or not) too much to throw them away for the benefit of some mega-corporation that already owns too much of my time. I make it a strict point never to work on personal things at work, and never to sign contracts giving away my off-time IP.

Maybe there is a reason to want to work on personal stuff for a corporation, but I honestly can't think of one offhand.

Then again, maybe Google is letting their engineers keep their IP, in which case this rant is pointless:-)

Re:Google and 20% time (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968836)

That's probably why they're BSD licensed. I prefer the GPL or LGPL for my personal projects, but then I don't work at google (or make many projects that would be of interest to anyone but me).

Re:Google and 20% time (4, Insightful)

swillden (191260) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968877)

In that case, though, who would ever want to work on personal projects there? I know I certainly wouldn't.

I think you're missing the point of these personal projects. The point is to allow employees some freedom in what they do for the company, not to pay them to work on their hobbies. Google's goal is to allow the employees freedom to explore interesting ideas in the hope that some of those ideas may ultimately turn into things that will make money for Google. All of the work in question is on Google time, and belongs to Google, the only difference is that one day per week the employees get to pick what they want to work on rather than just doing what they're told.

This is a scaled-back version of the approach taken by the best pure R&D labs: Hire very smart people and then don't give them any specific assignments beyond "Do something new and interesting."

Re:Google and 20% time (3, Informative)

digidave (259925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968783)

"Does this 20% time come out of the normal 40hr/week thing (and for that matter, do these engineers work 40/week or are they doing 100/week and get 20% time out of that)?"

It's one day a week, so that's 20% of working days, not hours.

Re:Google and 20% time (4, Informative)

arkanes (521690) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968804)

As I understand it, it's one day a week and Google owns the IP. It's basically like free play in kindergarden.

Re:Google and 20% time (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968866)

Does this 20% time come out of the normal 40hr/week thing (and for that matter, do these engineers work 40/week or are they doing 100/week and get 20% time out of that)?

I assume it's one day a week. And it's "their own projects", so I assume Google don't own them. It's to keep their creative minds bubbling away.
Mind you, that's an awful lot of assumptions I've just made.

coredumper (5, Funny)

Thrakkerzog (7580) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968581)

coredumper: Gives you the ability to dump cores from programs when it was previously not possible.

Gee, I've always been pretty good at that!

Re:coredumper (1)

barnaclebarnes (85340) | more than 9 years ago | (#11969073)

Doesn't that come built in with Windows?

Slashdot brought to you by google? (-1, Troll)

HeavyMS (820705) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968607)

Why is there a Googel article EVERY FREEKING DAY? Ok it's a good search engine i GET IT! Googel this googel that wtf is up whit that? Stop it and find some intresting news NOT about the underground sponsor to get free advetisment on slashdot sponsor googel..

Slashdot author is helping run it? (5, Funny)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968610)

Well, I guess we'll be seeing alot of duplicate projects posted there.

Oh man, that's good... (3, Funny)

SmokeHalo (783772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968612)

I hadn't seen a Google story in a couple of days, I was starting to suffer withdrawal.

koders.com ? (2, Insightful)

ballermann (124688) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968624)

When I read the headline I thought Wow Google copies koders.com [koders.com] . But no - it's just a "look people use our great API"-advertisement page.

We will finally find out (-1, Troll)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968634)

that Google was the child of the Savior of the web: Al Gore and the prostitute of the internet: Microsoft. That's why there are legions of /.ers sworn to secrecy, bashing M$ on the surface, with secret societies called MMORGs, all the while sworn to protect the secrets of the Google.

Oh wait, I didn't realize the foil from my burger wrapper was on my head, isn't that already the plot of a book or something.

Good to see (2, Interesting)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968638)

Good to see apple moving more towards open source software, but has anyone worked out what happened to GoogleX (http://labs.google.com/googlex/ [google.com] )

it now 404's, yet was working yesterday as a 'prototype' of what a google for mac and on other systems could look like. Obviously the labs are having a fun week.

Cue the Bowie Poag troll in 5,4,3,2,1... (1, Funny)

irix (22687) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968669)

C'mon Bowie, you know that you can't resist trolling Chris DiBona. Let us know about how Google Code was all your idea until he stole it from you!

With Chris running it, they'll get 1million coders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968674)

It will be a massively online role coding engine the likes of which you will never seen.

(I am from the future. I have seen it.)

Commercialization to come? (4, Interesting)

manmanic (662850) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968675)

This (along with the Yahoo API [yahoo.com] and Microsoft's promise to do the same) is good news for developers who are taking search APIs seriously.

But who will be the first to throw open the floodgates and actuallly provide unlimited API querying at a price? Businesses (such as (plagiarism detection), [copyscape.com] (rank tracking) and [seocount.com] (advanced alerting) are starting to be built out of this stuff, so there's obviously a genuine economy out there for the taking. [googlealert.com]

Re:Commercialization to come? (1)

markkellman (662190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968773)

There's also Amazon's/Alexa Web Information Service search-related APIs [amazon.com] .

Looks like the world of paid-for-access to search APIs is gradually becoming a full-blown marketplace. Who'll be next to enter the fray?

- Mark

Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968677)

Wouldn't it be easier to just send all queiries to normal google searches with the parameters "site:sourceforge.net" and "site:freshmeat.net" rather than build an entire new search system?

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968707)

Whoops, ignore that. My bad, I misread the article.

Google Browser? (1)

qwiki (797379) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968689)

And on AYM Network [aymnetwork.com] it was noted that if you view the organizations that Google is taking part in, Mozilla is right there at #2. Google Browser anyone? It's been rumored before.

Interesting observation. (3, Interesting)

topside420 (530370) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968693)

Nice to see the three open source projects linked on the right are all projects that list chrisd as a developer.

What a coincidence!

Google Too (4, Interesting)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968710)

Using the Google API is the best way to encourage its growth. The more apps that use it, the more those apps become "Google" - and the more Google will grow itself by growing its web services.

However, hosting all those Google API apps solely on Google is a bad move. Too many eggs in one basket. Better to host them on both Google AND Freshmeat/SourceForge. In fact, one great Google API app would be an automirror. Hosting at one is automirrored at the other. Which has immediate benefits in load balancing and uptime (no single point of failure). And longterm benefits of keeping the code free of capricious corporate decisions down the road

Could code a zombie checker? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968723)

Given the article today about zombies http://it.slashdot.org/it/05/03/17/1551255.shtml [slashdot.org] ?t id=172&tid=220 ..it would be interesting if an online zombie checker could be linked into google code. Create a passive system scan and you can bet alot of users would try it.

already announced (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968728)

well, can you say 'pwned'?

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?cid=11953906 [slashdot.org]

Good Show! (4, Interesting)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968735)

It is great that Google are visibly supporting the development of open source software - to whatever degree.

The ubiquity of google and the respect they have gained over the years make them somewhat of a model company. While im sure there may be a couple of people who might dispute their company motto to "not be evil" I think most people would agree that google seems to be doing things the right way.

Google is well thought of by anyone who uses the web, not just geeks, but the PHB's and Grandma's alike. This brings me to the next point...

Google have got Microsoft worried - frustrated that they couldnt "own" google they paid google the greatest compliment- they redesigned their search engine that is functionally more than just similar to google - and to a certain extent the low graphic - no-frills feel!

It is interesting to see Google innovating and re-thinking many of the ways we use the web. Now that google are being visibly more active in open source - It couldnt be better press for F/OSS at this time - and damn that's really going to p*ss Microsoft off - I'd like to see them match this idea. In addition to this its certainly going to help to legitimise F/OSS to those PHB's who have been toying with the idea but afraid to test the water.

Its going to be extremely interesting to see what google has deep in the bowels of its R&D department waiting to come into fruition. Lets hope that they can keep their face clean in the process!

Re:Good Show! (2, Informative)

SpiffyMarc (590301) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968825)

damn that's really going to p*ss Microsoft off - I'd like to see them match this idea.

Microsoft has several open source projects on SourceForge, and in the past has hosted sites like GotDotNet that allowed users to share libraries with one another. Microsoft developers would also post libraries they had written and allow other developers to see and use the code.

My favorite is perftools (3, Interesting)

GoogleGuy (754053) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968787)

You can see code that Google is opening up here [google.com] . My favorite is the perftools code [sourceforge.net] because it helps with things like heap profiling. Very handy stuff, and it's hosted with Sourceforge. I'm pretty sure these four projects were just added in the last day or so.

what's his job? (0, Flamebait)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968841)

open source gadfly?

the code just doesn't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968855)

i downloaded their hashmap implementations, but when i type "use Google::Hashmap" i get some module not found error!

am i doing something wrong? ;)

Please Explain. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968860)

Does this mean a Sourceforge that doesn't suck?

Does it mean a Sourceforge that you can actually search?

Re:Please Explain. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968966)

Try reading the article and/or every comment posted about it, then ask your stupid question again.

Related Site (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11968874)

Here's a site with a thorough rant on Google, I should know, I wrote it http://kkurbs.vze.com/ [vze.com]

Opportunity (2, Insightful)

Red_Icculus (866366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968875)

Since this is for dev related to Google, this could be a great opportunity to attract lots of talent to their company. This has the opportunity to be a great thing for all parties involved.

I well code for a free t-shirt (4, Funny)

grusapa (756151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968884)

"We're going to feature a new one every week or so and we'll send a fabulous, always fashionable, t-shirt to the maintainers as a small way of saying thank you!" anyone seen the pic. where a dud is holdig a poster that say "I well do html for food"

UI (3, Insightful)

Morgahastu (522162) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968911)

Why is that anything related to Open Source has to have a terrible interface? This is only google page I do not like and it looks like it skipped the UI team.

Updates Blog (3, Interesting)

epohs (775630) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968919)

http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

The code.google.com update blog, and an easy way to subscribe to the RSS feed with Firefox

Pity, I had hoped for a specialized search (3, Insightful)

HiThere (15173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11968952)

What I've been hoping for is a specialization of Google that would search for open source code and commentary/documentation on same.

So many projects have names that tend to return a lot of unrelated links when doing a search, it would be nice is there were a categorized search similar to that which they've created for Linux (NICE! Helps significantly. I've given it a browser link on my toolbar.).

All I can say is "wow." (1)

lynx_user_abroad (323975) | more than 9 years ago | (#11969037)

So what happens where some future software patent holder slaps Google with a C&D order against a piece of Free Software implementing a patent-infringing technology and suddenly no one can download the source to that package. At that point, I'll bet no one even knows how to work on free software without a central database as a repository.

Come to think of it, isn't SourceForge vulnerable to the same sort of Blitzkrieg?

Modest Proposal for Google (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11969136)

We are all familiar with the indisputable benefits of open source. At this point, anyone who's still hung up on the lack of solid statistical evidence to support this obvious truth just doesn't get it.

There can also be no doubt that Google is a true believer (rather than simply trying to exploit the goodwill of the OSS community). Therefore, I propose that Google open source its search algorithms. Millions of eyeballs helping to improve the system: fixing bugs, adding features, increasing performance...what could be better!

I'm sure once Google gets wind of this idea, they will begin implementing it immediately. Do you want me to call them or do one of you guys want to do it?
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