We're not building a google desktop.... yer

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it's only a rumour :

http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2006/01/31/google_goes_desktop_linux/

but Ubuntu doe NOT work on my laptop .. so i hope they fix that first !!

DaveN

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A matter of time

Just a matter of time before they do this IMO. It's a big natural step for them, and allows them to ring MS's bell. And linux seems like a good choice.

I think it's promising because they would have the resources to try this across a huge range of platforms and hardware - and the clout to convince hardware vendors to provide linux drivers.

the funny thing is that it

the funny thing is that it seems like google and msft are trying to commoditize each other; google is trying to commoditize desktop software, and gates has suggested paying people to search as a way of putting a price squeeze on google's margins.

it might be a dominated world we live in, but at least it's a cheap one!

I wonder what their USP

I wonder what their USP would be ...

The Google OS: It's Free*

Google will serve targeted text advertisements on your desktop based on what you are currently viewing. Google reserves the right to collect non-personal data in order to improve our customer services.

Something like that maybe?

I just posted that - not just a rumour

...not rumour

Google has confirmed it is working on a desktop linux project called Goobuntu, but declined to supply further details, including what the project is for.

More on slashdot.. And Andy, I agree 100% on the tracking / privacy concerns.

That's one Linux flavour that will be forbidden on my machines.

That's one Linux flavour

That's one Linux flavour that will be forbidden on my machines.

You would disallow an open-source operating system with its code laid bare for all to see, yet probably continue to allow an operating system from a time-proven monopistic and generally "more evil" company which is almost completely closed-source an (basically) unaccountable?

Think

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it might be a dominated world we live in, but at least it's a cheap one!

Its only going to be cheap while the fights on, once they come to agreement over whose ground is whose - we all start being shafted again.

Mopatop, I'm not in the

Mopatop, I'm not in the habit of saying things that I don't mean. I would not choose the same wording as you did, however. Specifically, my dislike of "apples" does not imply a preference for "oranges".

But feel free to disagree, it's okay with me :)

I'm surprised Apple hasn't

I'm surprised Apple hasn't gotten into this desktop thing with Google. Apple has had a desktop search for years now and it works well.

Apple Desktop

Mac's are stigmatized in the eyes of many Windows owners and is already a many years old failed experiment that Microsoft continues to beat into the dust.

Why would Google start with a defacto second best player instead of taking a shot with something new that the masses haven't become opinionated about already?

Makes sense to me.

You would disallow an

You would disallow an open-source operating system with its code laid bare for all to see

You have a lot of faith in the competence of other people unless you read the source yourself. I don't know many people that do and the ones I read about stick to their section of code.

Chris DiBona, the head of

Chris DiBona, the head of Google Open Source projects said:

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Goobuntu is our internal desktop distribution. It's awesome, but we're not going to be releasing it. Unless you work here it wouldn't work anyway.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?cid...=175746&tid=217

DaveN - Ubuntu works on everything!! :)

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