We talked about how Google was developing their own operating system, in that post we had said that we would do a more detailed post about what things look for Microsoft & cover other discussions, here is what we actually think about the Google OS post.
Microsoft May Not Sit Up And Take Notice
For 100s of reasons, Microsoft may take notice of this announcement, however there will be no board meetings, there will be no developer talk and there will be no panic.
There have been so many variants of Linux coming up that have just been there, done that and remained, if anyone wants to challenge Microsoft they need to convince people to start using them.
And Microsoft themselves have not been able to convince people to stop using IE6, so forget about others convincing people to change their OS.
Google Is Doing More Than They Should
Agreed Google is really big, they do a lot of things, but most of the times they close down really good projects, for reasons unknown to the rest of the universe, and by good projects we mean really good one’s.
Google Notebook and Google Browser Sync are two real good examples of Google closing down good projects.
Both of these products were really useful and could have been continued, however Google chose to close them down.
It is really a corporate decision, but we would really like to meet people who forced that one onto users.
Coming back to the point, Google OS is still not out for public usage, and we bet that many manufacturers may want to put a Google OS on their systems, but we bet that many people will ask this question Ok what else can I do other than searching? Where is the operating system?.
Of course Google will definitely publicize their OS using ads, however will it work, will people relate to Google with a OS like they do with search? A thing we are sure the Google marketing department is thinking hard about with this announcement.
Search, Emails, Calendar and Docs Don’t Make A OS
While Google made a announcement they forgot to tell users how and what applications they would support, agreed that these 4 things are required, but at the end they do not really make a OS, unless you can support applications that people use on a everyday basis, no one is really going to support you.
There is WINE, but hey you are selling this to public not geeks, unless you develop applications to work with your system, no one is going to bother about using you, netbooks are fine as the main aim of it is to provide users with portability without carrying a huge laptop around, however what does portability mean when you can’t access applications that are essential.
Lighter, Faster, Meaner, Google OS Is Just Another Linux
The biggest problem with the open source community is that you can fork and create your own variants, there are so many variants of Linux that we stopped counting, that is where the open source philosophy is lacking, everyone thinks they can do better than someone else, and there is no restriction.
Once Google open sources, there may be ten different OSs that crop up based on that, and then you have to decide which one to choose.
There is no problem with open source, the problem exists because there is no control, there is just forks and forks which are different from each other.
Of course Google will control their own fork, but they are creating something out of something else, leaner and meaner.
OEMs Don’t Give You Free OS, So The Whole Concept Of Free Is Flawed
If you buy a laptop or a netbook from a retailer, your OS does not come for free, no matter whether they give you Windows or Linux.
OS manufacturers make money no matter what you use out of the final retail cost, so the concept of a free OS is largely a flawed medium when it comes to buying computers.
Keep this in mind, no Linux distro comes free when you buy a OEM laptop, desktop or netbook, it is a largely wrong concept people are used to.
Google OS Is Still Not Here, So Why This Discussion?
That is why we are here, to discuss and analyze things before they leave their stables, to analyze and let you know your technology head on.
Of course things may not turn out as we discussed it here, however it may happen and it is our honest opinion.
Go ahead and let us know your thoughts, the post is incomplete without them.