I just Googled the following term and was a bit surprised that no one on this website has ever mentioned this:
So why is gLinux such good news for the long-term future of the Raspberry Pi?
It's good news because it means that one of the most influential and well-financed entities in the history of computing has now, in effect, become a major backer of the Raspberry Pi.
That entity is Google!
While it's true that Google has already made significant monetary donations to the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation, what I'm talking about is a much bigger deal.
Google has nearly 100,000 employees and manages almost 250,000 desktops and laptops worldwide. Some of these systems are allowed to use Apple's macOS — as well as Chrome OS. And a small number, under specially-authorized circumstances, are allowed to use Microsoft Windows.
But there is now only one desktop operating system that most Google employees are expected to use.
That system is called gLinux — and it's entirely based on the Testing branch of Debian Buster!
Why is that significant?
Sometime in the coming months, the Raspberry Pi Foundation will be releasing Raspbian Buster — the next major operating system for the Raspberry Pi. It will replace Raspbian Stretch.
And what is Raspbian Buster?
With just a few Raspberry-specific modifications that are needed to accommodate the Raspberry's hardware, Raspbian Buster is entirely based on Debian Buster!
Still not getting why this is such a big deal?
It means that one of the most powerful and sophisticated corporations on Earth now has a massive "personal" stake in the same underlying operating system that the Raspberry Pi will soon use!
The transition to gLinux was quietly announced by Google nearly two years ago. As a result, Google has been contributing "upstream" improvements and bug fixes to Debian Buster ever since — enhancements that the entire Raspberry Pi community will soon benefit from. For free!
For more on this major development, see these stories:
ZDNet: Google moves to Debian for in-house Linux desktop
ITPro: Google moves internal systems from Ubuntu to Debian
It's FOSS: Debian is the New Choice For Google’s In-house Linux Distribution