Enterprise Linux Log

Dec 8 2009   7:17PM GMT

Google launches Chrome for Linux (beta), and further reaches into your privacy

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

Sometimes we like to discuss some of our “pet issues” in these blogs. One of my own is Google’s steady growth and run at world domination.

On December 8, 2009, Google announced that its Chrome browser for Linux has gone beta. Despite criticism about Google’s true “open source” nature, the company claims that more than 50 open source developers have contributed to Chromium. In addition to the Linux and Mac beta versions, Google announced that over 300 extensions had been made available for the Windows and Linux versions of Chrome.

This follows on the heels of last week’s announcement that Google is launching Google Public DNS (domain name service), purportedly to improve efficiency in Web browsing.

“The goal of Google Public DNS is to benefit users worldwide while also helping the tens of thousands of DNS resolvers improve their services, ultimately making the web faster for everyone,” said Prem Ramaswami, Google Public DNS Product Manager.

This grabbed the attention of OpenDNS, and David Ulevitch responded to the announcement on the OpenDNS blog.

“To think that Google’s DNS service is for the benefit of the Internet would be naïve,” said Ulevitch. “They know there is value in controlling more of your Internet experience and I would expect them to explore that fully.”

OpenDNS provides an enterprise service that is advertised as a DNS resolution and security product. Despite its name, OpenDNS is not open source software.

Google’s Public DNS is thus far free, with the company gleaning information about your Web browsing patterns being the trade-off. OpenDNS offers a free basic version with some advertising on unresolved domain names.

With a Google’s reach across the spectrum of IT, we should all be aware that this could mean that everything we do online is being watched. As I read this week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt commented that “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

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