Google open sources its Mac OS X deployment engine

Apple Online Store“Google has open sourced its internal software for deploying Mac OS X packages across a network,” Cade Metz reports for The Register.

“Known as Simian, the platform was built after Google’s Mac Operations and Security teams evaluated several Mac package deployment tools and failed to find one that suited their needs,” Metz reports. “After alleged Chinese hackers broke into Google’s internal systems in December of 2009, reports indicated that the company had decide to abandon Windows machines entirely and move its entire staff to Mac and Linux machines, and judging from our conversations with company employees, this is indeed the case.”

Metz reports, “According to Google, Simian is designed to deploy new or updated software to a single Mac or tens of thousands of Macs. It can push out security patches to Macs across internal networks or VPNs as well as machines on other networks. It can require the installation of some software packages while allowing others to be optional. And it can manage updates provided by Apple.”

More info and links in the full article here.


  1. Did anyone else catch today’s announcement out of Redmond?

    IE bug affects 900 million users! In an effort to preclude a mass migration to third-party browsers, Microsoft claims Windows is at fault and not IE.

    Whatever, your shits weak Microsoft. You simply can’t do anything right, even when your reputation is on the line.

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