Google? Linux? Goobuntu? Balderdash!

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-02-01 Print this article Print

Opinion: There have been too many reports of Google about to do Gigantic, Enormous Things. And then they don't. Or, rather they do, but only when it comes to their real business: search. (Linux-Watch)

It wasnt long ago that we were all excited about the possibility that Google was going to get into the office suite software business. Then, the theory was that Sun and Google would get together and make the king of the world. Instead, we got "Google Toolbar as an option in its consumer downloads of the Java Runtime Environment." "Gag me with a spoon,"as Moon Unit Zappa used to say. This was not real news.
Then, there were the stories about a Google operating system. That turned out to be Google Pack. This was Googles most uninspiring software offer to date. If, of course, you dont count the stillborn Google Accelerator, which was, in a word, awful.
Now, we have a story from the Register in which freelance journalist Ben King proclaims, "Google is preparing its own distribution of Linux for the desktop." According to the report, it will be an "Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, based on Debian and the Gnome desktop, it is known internally as Goobuntu." King goes on to state, "Google has confirmed it is working on a desktop linux project." I wish I could buy this report, but I cant. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Google? Linux? Goobuntu? Balderdash! Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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