- Google is a closed source company. Ok, to begin with, Google internally uses Linux ( all that hype about Gooobuntu ), contributes to MySQL and supports Mozilla foundation. However, how many of Google own software are open source ?? Zilch!! Zero. Its like Google loves to take advantage of open source technologies, for its own benefit, but refuses to make its own products open source. Even its Linux products, like Linux Desktop Search and Picassa, are closed source. In todays world, Google and M$ are two biggest technology companies for desktop users. As they both promote closed source, are they not helping promote the notion that closed source is not evil -- one of the biggest motivating factor for people using Linux.
- Most, if not all, of Google's applications are on Windows. Google has just started porting its existing applications to Linux, the first being desktop search. Picassa for Linux is just a "wine" adaptation of windows version of Picassa.
- Most Google web applications are written with IE in mind. All Google web applications supported IE7 within days of IE7 releasing. At the same time Google supports Mozilla foundation, still some Google applications do not work well on the Linux version of Firefox. For example; in picassa web album, the option to upload multiple images at the same time is disabled in Linux version of Firefox. Here I am talking about Firefox 184.108.40.206, which is fairly recent. Whereas, picassa web albums work great with the same version of Firefox on windows. and Lastly ...
- Linux is all about open source software. Lets take Ubuntu, the most famous distro. Ubuntu by default has only open source softwares, some other essentials like flash, mp3 etc form part of "restricted media", which are exceptions but necessary for normal desktop use and have no other open source alternatives. We already had good desktop search application in the form of beagle and then Google introduced its closed source desktop search. As this is a Google application, so people will trust it and use it. This way they will think that Apart from cost factor, windows still costs some money and Linux is free, what is the difference between the two when it comes for normal desktop usage. The purity of Linux is gone, many common applications on Linux are no more open source. Couple this with the fact that most hardware vendors write drivers for Windows and not necessarily for Linux.
The open source battle is lost.
Long Live Windows.