What, Exactly, Is “Goobuntu”?
It might be The Next Big Operation System, courtesy of ubiquitous search engine and portal Google. Apparently, the company has disclosed that it’s working on a Linux OS based on the Ubuntu distribution backed by South African Web magnate Mark Shuttleworth. (Actually, Ubuntu, which is currently in the top slot on the Distrowatch download chart, is pretty popular in its own right.)
Google officials have not indicated the organization’s level of commitment, funding or personnel assigned for the project—only that it’s in the works. It might not even be intended for outside distribution, but rather an in-house OS exclusively for the use of Google’s workforce. However, given the company’s recent announcement regarding the release of Google Pack, a simple, downloadable software suite that includes Google Talk, Mozilla Firefox and RealPlayer, one could easily presume that it intends to move into the desktop OS market.
This means that the next couple of years should be particularly interesting for IT. With IBM abstaining from the PC market in favor of IT solutions, Cisco and Microsoft attempting to break into the home entertainment market and Google quite possibly making a run at the OS sector, the tech industry will be one to watch.