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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.
In March 1999, the company moved into offices at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto. It also moved its project to its own dedicated URL at http://google.com from http://google.stanford.edu.
Its servers running main search at this time were two 300 MHz Dual Pentium II Servers with 512MB of RAM. There are nine 9Gb drives between the two machines. The servers were donated by Intel
IBM donated an F50 IBM RS6000 with 4 processors and 512MB of memory and eight internal 9Gb drives. IBM also donated a disk expansion box with another eight 9Gb drives.
The main machine for the original Backrub system (Larry Page's research project at Stanford) was a Sun Ultra II with dual 200MHz processors, and 256MB of RAM.
Google also built its own disk box with tem 9Gb SCSI drives.
On June 7, 1999, a round of equity funding totalling $25 million was announced.