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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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Seems unlikely
By phisrow on 2/1/2006 4:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
Since Google's market is online search and advertising, an OS seems like an odd thing for them to try. They already have access to people's desktops with considerably lower barrier to entry by means of their desktop search program, and toolbar and whatnot. The only real reason I can see for them to produce an OS would be to try to cut MS's margins, so as to keep them from spending as much to improve the MSN tools to the point where they are a threat.

Even that seems really silly, though. Office is where the best margins are, and barriers like driver support are lower, so that would be the logical point of attack, if they were going after MS's margins. You would expect them to contribute money and programmers to OpenOffice, and Support to ODF. They may be doing that, I don't know.

Supporting the development of Linux and its collection of desktop programs might well make sense, and their summer of code stuff has done some of that; but there seems little reason for them to saddle themselves with a big, troublesome support task so far outside their usual area.

RE: Seems unlikely
By hans007 on 2/1/2006 5:22:45 AM , Rating: 2
they already are contributing to openoffice.

when i said uniting linux, it doesnt really matter i think if the debian people would get upset about ubuntu.

all that would matter was that a company worth 130 billion dollars was behind a linux distro. and a respected company that is a household name. it would still be good for linux in general i think. it would more force people to back ubuntu as it is what google is supporting. sure it would well really piss off some of the slashdot crowd but for general linux acceptance it would probably be good.

RE: /agree
By shaitan on 2/1/2006 9:20:46 AM , Rating: 2
google does support opensource.. look at all the open APIs and direct links to sourceforge..

debian people do not really matter, your going to piss off somebody know matter what u do. (no offence) With all this TCPA stuff comming out its dark days ahead for MS crap.
I want to see a linux distro be shoved down peoples throats. - mean come on... people are using MACs out there!
Google did hire that microshaft OS programmer.
G has ventured into free wifi in San Francisco.
They have just about all the free apps to run on a OS
They are prob. the only company with the trust of people to do something like this~~

butt. what games will i be able to play? will i have all my graphics software available?
Or will i still need to have a windows box for that stuff.

thoes are my major issues with a OS. total control over all media in my house through one machine.
cup#3 of coffee down.

RE: /agree
By theubergeek on 2/1/2006 11:04:09 AM , Rating: 2
Hate to break it to ya, but for the most past, OSX is a modified Linux distro. A simple tour of the console reveals that very quickly.

RE: /agree
By Questar on 2/1/2006 11:48:48 AM , Rating: 3
Hate to break it to ya, but for the most past, OSX is a modified Linux distro. A simple tour of the console reveals that very quickly.


OSX is based on BSD Unix.

Linux != Unix.

RE: /agree
By theubergeek on 2/1/2006 3:38:03 PM , Rating: 2
Oops... I knew that too.

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