Google’s Mac team begins releasing select Mac admin tools, scripts, and utilities

“Clay Caviness, systems administrator on Google’s internal Macintosh Operations team, just announced on Google+ that the team would release a selection of scripts, tools, and utilities used internally,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“The goal is to help other Mac administrators, and they are releasing the first set of items today for ‘managing and tracking a fleet of Macintoshes in a corporate environment,'” Kahn reports.

“Caviness promised to release more Mac specific tools, scripts, and utilities over time,” kahn reports.

More info and links in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

14 Comments

    1. Actually, they’ll probably forgo the ad banners in exchange for gathering more behavioral data to feed into their ad algorithms.

      Though, the fact that these are *admin* tools, to be used from a Mac’s administrator accounts, would allow them to do some additional things on the sly. (Similar to the launchd process that Google Chrome surreptitiously adds to your machine without your knowledge or permission.)

    1. A couple of years ago they put pics of his cube online and you could clearly see a large Apple branded LCD on the desk, couldn’t see anything else but it looked like he was running a Mac Pro at the time.

  1. Google Headquarters in NYC use mostly macs and chrome OS along with Ubuntu. But the number of Macs outnumber the others. They love macs at Google. I once was interviewed and had a tour for a mac admin position.

  2. You guys being critical of the move are misjudging it. These aren’t services they are offering to the Mac admin community in the sense that Gmail, Google+, etc. are. It’s more like, here are the tools we’ve developed and are using to manage our Macs, if you want to check them out and use them, go ahead. Similar to how Greg Neagle at Disney Animation has shared Reposado.

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