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Richard Green
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With Google trying to get their hands on almost everything, I wouldn't be surprised if they come up with their own operating system.

They pretty much got all the bits and pieces already..

Login using your GMail ID (Microsoft Equivalent - MSN Passport)
Google Desktop Search (Microsoft Equivalent - crappy windows search)
Google Spreadsheeet (Microsoft Equivalent - ms office)
GTalk (Microsoft equivalent - Hotmail)
GMail Drive
and other things...

Just imagine what all features / goodies it might bring - hmmm... probably they might integrate GTalk and Google Maps (so we can see the location of the person we are chatting with... )

just my wild ass imagination..thats all


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Richard Green
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here is more..
http://www.sandstorming.com/index.php/2005/08/the-google-operating-system-and-why-its-virtually-here-already/
[ October 10, 2006: Message edited by: Lynette Dawson ]
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Originally posted by Lynette Dawson:
... Just imagine what all features / goodies it might bring ...

Hmmm... Have you tried Mac OS X? It's not quite everything on your list, but it tends to evoke the same reaction:


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Gregg Bolinger
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Well, that article is pretty old. Over a year old. This rumor has kind of came and went. A lot of reports came out that Google was using Ubuntu internally and the rumors started flying around that they were going to create Gubuntu. Here is one such rumor reported at the beginning of the year.

Personally, I wouldn't hold my breath. Yea, google has brought rumors to life in the past (anyone remember when GMail was an April fools joke?) but I just don't think OS's are google's bag.


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Gregg Bolinger
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GTalk (Microsoft equivalent - Hotmail)

GTalk and Hotmail are not the same thing. Maybe you are thinking about MSN Messenger which is now Windows Live Messenger? BTW, all those things you thought would be cool to be on an OS already are available. You don't need a Google OS to use any of them. That's what is so great about them.
Ashok Mash
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Exactly! I think Google is trying fighting Microsoft monopoly in Google's own domain, rather than trying to release a conventional OS and head Microsoft the way many other OSs tried (and failed at various stages) in the past.

If you set up a personalized Google home page, you can see where Google want users to spend more time. They are adding new web based products everyday, and slowly re-introducing the old concept of working online using online tools (Mail, Calendar, Excel, Word equivalents already in place). I think they are hoping that using applications online would be the way in future, making local OS less significant, and just a somewhere you run your open source browser.


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Jeroen T Wenting
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I'd rather go offline than submit to Goooooooogle...


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Chetan Parekh
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I read an article few months back which says Google is not looking for a techno-war with Microsoft. Google want to increase user presence on their site and want to leverage it in term of ad revenue.

Future is not desktop, but online applications and mobile application �Google must be having plans in those directions.


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ankur rathi
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What are the uses of Google Documents or Google Spreadsheets (online documents and sheets)???

Anyone use these tools???
Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by rathi ji:
What are the uses of Google Documents or Google Spreadsheets (online documents and sheets)???

Anyone use these tools???


Umm, to write documents and spreadsheets? What other use would they have? :roll:
Tim LeMaster
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I love the talk of the Google OS. These google tools may be a threat to Microsoft Office but not to Windows. Every google tool I can think of you must have access to the internet - that implies a whole host of things happening on your machine before you can bring you google mail or docs or spreadsheet.

Its a LONG stretch from Google tools to a Google OS that boots from a bare machines, provides device drivers for your hardware, and containes the correct software to access the internet. Of course they could release a google-branded linux or BSD.

So Google Productivity Suite sure / OS I doubt it - I assume most of their in house BSD work is very server oriented and most of those servers probably don't have monitors attached.
Gregg Bolinger
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I could personally care less if Google came out with an OS. I probably wouldn't use it. I am really just sick of this OS War that has been going on for years. I don't care if you run Windows, OSX, or some flavor of Linux. I don't understand why people (and yes, I used to be one of them) get so bent out of shape about what OS someone else uses.

I sometimes joke with people about it, but there are some crazy fanatics out there. Give me an OS that doesn't get in my way and doesn't crash and I am happy. Currently, it's Xubuntu. But that doesn't mean I hate Windows or OSX. Windows XP is a solid OS. I can't remember the last time I had a problem that was OS related. Most of the time it's Application related. OSX I haven't tried. From what I hear it's pretty good. I'd like to have a Mac some day to give it a try.

What I don't understand is why Apple won't port OSX to the PC. Yea, they have stake in their hardware business, but I already have a perfectly good PC. I have no reason to buy a new one just for an OS.
ankur rathi
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:


Umm, to write documents and spreadsheets? What other use would they have? :roll:


Yeah but why not to use MS Word and Excel for that? :roll:

Why to use online tools and breaking the securites? :roll:
Ashok Mash
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Originally posted by rathi ji:
Yeah but why not to use MS Word and Excel for that? :roll:


hmmm, because they are not free? Because it ties to you down to a machine that has Word and Excel installed? No support for collaborative writing.. etc etc..
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Jeroen T Wenting
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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:


hmmm, because they are not free? Because it ties to you down to a machine that has Word and Excel installed? No support for collaborative writing.. etc etc..


in contrast to giving Google free reign over your corporate data?
I'd rather pay a (smallish) one time fee to Microsoft and keep control over my data than allow Google to do with it as they please (which effectively means sell it to the highest bidder).
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Whatever happened to the Java O/S ???


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Jeroen said:
I'd rather pay a (smallish) one time fee to Microsoft and keep control over my data than allow Google to do with it as they please (which effectively means sell it to the highest bidder).


Amen to that. I don't use Google for anything but search, because I wouldn't want them to associate the other online activities with my searches through a Google ID. The thought of keeping emails or documents on a server owned by a company like Google (or Yahoo, or MS, or ...) just scares me.
Val Pecaoco
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Actually, Google is one of the main sponsors of and maintains its own variant of the Linux kernel at kernel.org.

Key Linux programmer moves to Google
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Whatever happened to the Java O/S ???


I think it's the same place as the Pascal OS. I remember when the 80286 chip came out one pundit almost wet himself over "a PC so fast you could finally write an operating system in Pascal!" Oh boy.


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