jamesh wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:55 am
To precis the OP, and AIUI, basically, Google now use a derivative of Debian, and because of that they are pushing back fixes etc to Debian. A lot of companies do this. We use a fork of Debian, so we get the fixes. So far so good.
But is that it?
That was my feeling from reading the OP. It's good news when any big software company backs Linux and/or the distro one is personally using; they will have the self-interest, the motivation, money and resources, to fix bugs, make improvements, champion changes, and all that trickles down to everyone else. The Pi benefits because it's Debian based, which is what Google is choosing, so all that Google does should trickle down to the Pi and its users.
Good indeed, and perhaps great if it means we get things we would not otherwise get without Google's involvement.
The counter would be that it's not such great news, and even rather bad, if Google embarks on an "embrace, extend, extinguish" course, or seeks to move Debian, even Linux, in a direction which mostly benefits Google, disadvantages others, or which is detrimental in some way.
But there is currently no evidence that is what Google intends to do or they would achieve that if it is what they desired.
So it is good news, may be great news, but we will only know for sure when we see what actually happens. Everything until then is mostly speculation.