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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
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.
Update: Google has now denied that it is planning to distribute ubuntu to the public.
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