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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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Why do you assume a desktop OS?
By mjones on 2/1/2006 12:22:59 PM , Rating: 2
I would agree that google challenging Microsoft to an OS duel is stupid. It's not going to happen.

Now, if I try to be a futurist, what if they are creating the foundation of the NEXT operating system (think MSDOS->Windows). What if the next "OS" is more of a "web based environment." Haven't people been talking about this kind of thing for years?

What if I use my windows/linux/osx pc to log on to my NET OS where I'm given access to all kinds of things...productivity software (open office?), music (google itunes?), video (google video), all the other things i can't think of?

What if they have figured out a way to make all there products play well together in one package? An this is all based on there custom linux framework which watches, manages, and records everything you do. (Maybe the WiFi is part of the plan too. Plug in to your Google OS anywhere.)

Obviously I'm just making wild predictions, but I seems more likly to me that Google is looking into ways to levearge there infrastruture and control more of your computing time.

By kattanna on 2/1/2006 1:45:59 PM , Rating: 2
a true NET OS would be interesting..and make sense for google

another desktop linux distro...LOL please no

there are already too many different versions of linux as it is, which IMO is why linux will never take over the desktop for the average user...too many incompatabilites.

RE: Why do you assume a desktop OS?
By T1 on 2/1/2006 2:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
OS over the net?

No way. With most OSes taking up gigabytes, I would have to wait a week to boot it over my dial-up connection.

By ninjit on 2/1/2006 4:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
That's not what a network OS is.

Lookup info on the Sun Ray system, thin clients etc.

By Shining Arcanine on 2/1/2006 9:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
The idea of a "net OS" would be to simply access the internet and the actual operating system is not stored on some server on the internet but on your PC, more likely with a flash chip more than anything else. It is not to have the OS stored over the internet, which while it is something that can be done, it is something that is entirely different.

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