Google, the search giant, is releasing a new site today to showcase all the open source projects of the U.S.-based internet giant under a single site. The code of these projects will live on the self-hosted git service of the search giant as well as on GitHub and the new site will function as a central directory for them.
What does the new site show?
This new site is undoubtedly aimed at showcasing all projects of the internet company but the search giant says it wants to use the new site to provide “a look under the hood” of how it “does” open source as well. The latter part is the most interesting aspect of this new site, notes TechCrunch, because the ads giant is publishing several documents about how it does open source internally.
In a recent announcement, the internet company said, “Our policies and procedures are informed by many years of experience and lessons we’ve learned along the way.” Further, the ads giant said, “We know that our particular approach to open source might not be right for everyone—there’s more than one way to do open source—and so these docs should not be read as a ‘how-to’ guide.”
Currently, the topics that these documents will cover include information about release process for new projects of the search giant, how the internet company manages third-party open source projects – which it uses internally – and how to submit patches to other projects.
Here’s why the new site is important
The documents displayed in the new site are quite important given the recent open source successes of the U.S.-based ads giant like TensorFlow and Kubernetes. Both the open source projects of the internet company have already created large ecosystems around them. These documents are mostly important for the companies that want to launch some of their internal code as open source.
According to the blog post on the new site, “This new site showcases the breadth and depth of our love for open source. It will contain the expected things but it also contains something unexpected: a look under the hood at how we ‘do’ open source.”