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Google home page at http://google.stanford.edu
With equipment donated by IBM, Intel and Sun, Google appeared in 1998. Software used was GNU, Python and Linux with Parasoft used for debugging.
The Logo was designed by the GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation program), a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
The first funding for Google as a company was secured in August 1998 in the form of a US$100,000 contribution from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems
Google Beta home page at http://alpha.google.com
Google moved its site to Google.com, registered in September 1997 and incorporating the company in September 1998.