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A few years ago Google completed its switch from an Ubuntu-based Linux desktop to Debian. Now Google has detailed how this change has led to rolling releases for Linux desktops with faster and smoother upgrades as well as faster security patching.   


After over 15 years with Ubuntu as the base for Google's internal devices, the company switched to Debian to avoid major OS upgrades every two years and spread the upgrade workload out over time. 

Google announced it had completed the move in 2018 as ZDNet reported at the time. Margarita Manterola, a Google engineer, explained it was moving from Goobuntu, the Google build of Ubuntu, to gLinux, a rolling release based on Debian Testing, which is the beta for the next stable version of Debian.