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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.  Ars Technica 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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