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Uncool, given that Google only exist thanks to free software.

Google started as a C, Java and Python shops. Android is born out of a Linux Kernel.

If I remember well, long ago, the initial database they used was actually an in-shop fork of MySQL.

Easy to say bad things about free software now that you have billions and hundred of geniuses to work on your own stuff.

Actually, this kind of comment reminds me of the "linux is cancer" era of Microsoft. Funny like Google is now becoming the new MS now they got all the markets, while MS pretend to be nice now that they are not the top dog anymore.

I agree with you both! I don't think Google (or probably even the parent) meant to disrespect or discredit the value and contributions of open source. But internal, non-open platforms aren't really "vendor lock-in" or just NIH. They're often much of much higher quality (if you have the resources) simply by solving the exact problems you have directly.

Disclaimer: I've been bitter about MySQL-for-everything-ism lately too but think Java is pure heaven.

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