2006's First Urban Myth: Google's Goobuntu Linux OS
February 1, 2006 12:49 AM
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Google OS "screenshot" - Courtesy generation-nt.com
A lot of rumors have been published on the Internet about the possibility of a Google operating system - it is becoming difficult to pick fact from fiction
There have been conflicting reports about whether or not Google will be releasing its own Linux desktop distribution.
The Register recently reported
that Google will be releasing "Goobuntu," a Linux distribution based on the popular Ubuntu operating system.
countered The Register's article by citing a Google spokeswoman who said Google has no immediate plans to distribute an operating system.
Dozens of "leaked" screenshots have surfaced of Goobuntu, but Google rumors seem to be a dime a dozen these days. The main proponents for a Goobuntu OS believe Google has already expressed interest in bundling and distributing a software enterprise a la Google Pack, but the opponents argue that Linux's licensing restrictions would ultimately make such a venture impossible.
Regardless of the outcome, it looks like "Goobuntu" is going to be a part of our lexicon for a while.
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Google is a search engine
2/1/2006 4:10:28 AM
They offer web based tools and such, they have ad generated revenue. What makes everyone think they would ever offer an OS? I'm curious as I've seen a lot of speculation here, but never anything solid from anywhere.
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