The rumor mill continues to
crank out stories about the Google
and the Windows-challenging OS it will run. And now that phantom operating system actually has a name: Goobuntu.
According to reports, Google has already developed the OS, based on Ubuntu Linux and the Gnome desktop, and may be close
to rolling it out. Of course, Goobuntu may actually be just for internal use; Google has in the past admitted to using
an internally developed OS for its servers. However, it could be the next step in Google's quest for desktop hegemony
. We just hope
it runs Google Earth and Picasa, or we're not interested.
Another Google rumor
bites the dust, since according to Ars Technica
Google spokeswoman Sonya Borälv says that "[w]e use Ubuntu internally but have no plans to distribute it
outside of the company." It's almost as if they enjoy
crushing our hopes and dreams.