The new Google Open Source website includes information on how the company uses, releases, and supports open source. Source codes are available to users, allowing them to study, change, or distribute the software. While Google has been doing this for years with programs like Google Summer Code and Google Code-in, the new site brings all the initiatives together.
“This new site showcases the breadth and depth of our love for open source. It will contain the expected things,” according to a blog post on the new site. “But it also contains something unexpected: a look under the hood at how we ‘do’ open source.”
This means that Google is publishing documents that explain the tech company’s release process for new projects, how it handles third-party open source projects it uses internally, and how to submit patches to other projects.
“Our policies and procedures are informed by many years of experience and lessons we’ve learned along the way,” according to the blog. “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.”