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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Google OS Rumor Resurfaces

Recently we saw the revelation that Google built its own OS to manage grids internally. As we covered recently, Gmail was also an internal project used within Google before launched to the outside world. The Register scoops that Google is preparing its own distribution of Linux for the desktop, in a possible bid to take on Microsoft in its core business - desktop software. Dubbed, “Goobuntu”, a version of the increasingly popular Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, and is based on Debian and the Gnome desktop. It reasons out that this could be for wider deployments on the company's own desktops, as an alternative to Microsoft. But it's possible Google plans to distribute it to the general public, as a free alternative to Windows. Google has already demonstrated an interest in building a presence on the desktop through Googlepack. Recent moves like this with Dell shows serious efforts in advancing this. However, entering the desktop software world would be a huge step. Making Goobuntu as easy to use as XP will require a lot more development. It's unlikely to be ready for showtime any time soon, and it's possible Google itself hasn't finalised where the project should go.
Earlier, inquirer.net has called the bluff based on what was originally published here few months back. David pooh poohed the claim of USB based OS. Obviously Google has a lot of internal software written by it deployed for usage within – we have to see whether it gets eventually thrown open for public usage.But now its time Google outlines its vision in specific, trackable terms. Like in any other industry the responsibility of pioneers and leaders are lot more than just looking after themselves - they are trendsetters and rolemodels in the industry.

Update: Google has now denied that it is planning to distribute ubuntu to the public.
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