__/ [John Bailo] on Wednesday 04 January 2006 10:04 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> I'm just guessing it's a Linux distro with Java Desktop on it. Google have
>> a pact with Sun.
>> A certain manager must be getting very sweaty.
> "Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.,
> 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
> Er,,,aren't all PCs a couple of hundred dollars these days?
> Look -- all this stuff is really *BORING*.
> It's just a bunch of fat huge elephants poking each other with their tusks.
> Google makes a desktop OS.
> Microsoft makes a Game station.
> Apple makes a Walkman.
> Real makes a download service.
> On and on and on.
You are right. It was all bound to happen, but if Google go head-to-head with
Apple and Microsoft, it's at least worth mentioning. They have plenty of
resources to invest in a project as big as an operating system. They can
make a difference and, as short history has shown, Google have rarely walked
away with their tail between their legs.
You can't say the same about another company with projects like Bob <
http://www.dans20thcenturyabandonware.com/ms-bob-the-env.html > or even what
possibly led one (among other) manager to abandonment of a ship:
"Lucovsky worked on the doomed Microsoft's .Net My Services product
(codenamed Hailstorm) prior to moving to Google."