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January 31, 2006

Google at work on desktop Linux

Posted by David Hunter at 12:36 PM ET.

Google releases its earnings report later today after the market close, but here’s something to pass the time. Ben King at The Register reports:

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.

A version of the increasingly popular Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, based on Debian and the Gnome desktop, it is known internally as ‘Goobuntu’.

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.

As the rest of the article makes clear, this project could be just about anything. I really doubt that Google feels the need to provide its own operating system since it is mostly irrelevant to them and to their main business.

Filed under Coopetition, Google, Linux, Open Source

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