Debian Linux now Google Compute Engine's default OS

Debian Linux now Google Compute Engine's default OS

Summary: Want to run Linux on the Google Computer Engine cloud? Starting immediately, Debian Linux is Google's Linux of choice.


Earlier in May, Jimmy Kaplowitz, Google site reliability engineer and Debian developer, announced that Google would not just be adding Debian 6 and 7 images to the Google's infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Google Compute Engine (GCE); it was also making Debian Linux its default server image.

Say hello to the newly Debian Linux-friendly Google Compute Engine.
(Image: Google)

Kaplowitz, one of several Debian developers who works for Google, wrote, "Today, we're adding Debian images for Google Compute Engine. Debian, in collaboration with us, is providing images for both Debian 7.0 'wheezy' and the previous stable release, Debian 6.0 'squeeze'. This support will make it easy for anyone using Debian today to migrate their workloads onto Compute Engine."

This comes on the heels of Debian releasing its next major version, 7.0. On the GCE, this version, and its predecessor, 6.0, "Google is hosting a Debian package mirror for use by Google Compute Engine Debian instances". Google has also updated its operating system image documentation, and will support Debian via its usual GCE support packages.

In addition, GCE will continue to support the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone CentOS. Ubuntu, which had been supported, is no longer a primary GCE distribution. Advanced users can also set up and use their own Linux images. You cannot, however, run any non-Linux operating system on GCE.

The Google Compute Engine itself is based on Linux. It uses the KVM hypervisor to run its Linux instances. While meant as competition for Amazon Web Services (AWS), GCE is still in beta. It's currently available only to users with a Google $400-per-month Gold cloud support package.

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Topics: Linux, Cloud, Google, Operating Systems, Servers, Virtualization

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  • Debian Linux now Google Compute Engine's default OS

    Kudos, to Google and the Debian team.
  • Debian & Google

    Now that's REALLY a great team.
    Over and Out
  • Huh?

    Not using Chromium OS? I guess it can't be that good then. :-)
    • ChromeOS is strictly a web client

      That doesn't really lend itself to either services or development.
      John L. Ries
  • Nobody uses Google for real business.

    Half-baked software, with no guarantees of when it will be discontinued. What software does Google really own? Copying open source software to line its pockets with cash? The open source fools...why don't you cry and make Google compute engine free to the public?

    (It's a shame that evil companies like Google benefit from the hard work put by millions of open source engineers who contributed to 'free' software)
    • Meh!

      Another rant from Owlnet (11111,222222,33333,....)
      • Wow!

        Owl6net has copy and paste figured out.

        Kudos, to Google and the Debian team.
    • Awh, sounds like

      someone needs a hug and a teddy bear.
    • What do you classify as "real business"?

      I personally know of at least a couple of businesses that use Google: one employs me, and my wife owns the other.
      John L. Ries
    • at least when you compile the linux it it will be quick. loverock will be happy
      • Trolls are like

        demons, you should not invoke their names or they will be summoned.
    • Google

      Gmail , Google docs and Google drive comes to mind.

      Exchange online is good so is gmail. Let's be fair here
  • It's clear why Google has selected Debian and CentOS

    From the article:
    "The Google Compute Engine itself is ... meant as competition for Amazon Web Services (AWS)"

    Both Debian and CentOS are very stable FOSS distros and, significantly, are also free as in free beer. There's no license fee as there is with RHEL server and SLES. And while Canonical's Ubuntu server is also very stable and free as in free beer, Google may not be comfortable pushing Canonical's support option out of the way. The free as in free beer nature of CentOS and Debian will be advantageous when competing with Amazon known for its low margins.
    Rabid Howler Monkey