Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jan 2006 10:28 UTC, submitted by sean batten
Google The LA Times is speculating the arrival of a Google PC running an OS also made by Google. "Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart, among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft's Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap - perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars." They also say that Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, will give a keynote speech at CES coming Friday, announcing all this.
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RE: Operating System is a loose term
by DrillSgt on Tue 3rd Jan 2006 15:37 UTC
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"I imagine this "operating system" would be a grouping of services and accessable as an internet experience. The backend would be their existing servers with the to be announced operating system software as a user interface. I'm guessing of course but isn't this the concept we have all been waiting for."

To answer the question, I can only hope people are NOT hoping for a concept like this. IMHO, with this type of setup people will not need PC's any longer, and you would be giving control of your data over to someone else. I like having control over my data. I want to run my own applications, have control over the hardware it runs one, etc. With the scenario of "Web based applications" on a server farm somwhere, you will lose all that. Is kind of like the Juno license agreement, where they give you free email, but by doing that you give them permission to use your computer for calculations without your knowing. Unless they removed that clause from the license, I see it as the same thing. You give the host, whoever that is, permission to maintain your personal data. May as well go back to dumb terminals, as that would be the same thing IMHO

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