"We feel that customers will get a great experience having a Linux distribution that is maintained by the Debian community. Debian and derivatives thereof (such as Mint and Ubuntu) are among the most popular on the Internet, and Google itself is a heavy contributor to the Debian code base. We will also continue to offer CentOS, and are actively exploring other operating system options based on feedback from our customers," a Google spokesperson told us when we asked about the reason for the change.”
see Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian
It makes me laugh to remember all the times trolls have come here to berate me for being an amateur and using Debian GNU/Linux. Well, the shoe’s on the other foot. Google has just endorsed Debian GNU/Linux as their new default GNU/Linux OS for their cloud. Not only that but Google is contributing to Debian and valuing the brand of “Official Debian GNU/Linux”. I guess Google’s customers value that brand as well. Google does give customers what they want unlike other providers who seek to enslave customers.