Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Google Is In Good Health

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Google Is In Good Health

Despite having “no business plan” for YouTube and “no business plan” for Android and other canards Google is in good health:
“GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $3.39 billion, or 24% of revenues.”

see GOOG 8K 2012.12.31.

Google’s health is simple. It has a good business plan based on advertising revenue. It pays to advertise and it pays most of all to advertise with Google. On top of that Google uses Free Software as the base of all it does. It adds a tiny layer of its own code and gets to use a powerful Linux kernel and all kinds of other productivity and production tools for $0. If Google had to pay M$ and “partners” a tax on all its IT, Google would be just another business on the Wintel treadmill, providing revenue and free labour to M$. Instead they get to work for themselves and their customers, the right way for a business to make money and friends.

You can be more healthy by using Free Software too. I suggest Debian GNU/Linux as a start. Debian has GNU tools, Linux, databases, web applications, desktop software, networking software, dozens of thousands of packages in all that run on ARM, x86, and AMD64 as well as less common hardware and you can update all the installed software on your systems with a single command or even an automated update if you like. It’s the right way to do IT. It does not restrict what you can do with hardware you own.

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