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Beamtracer
01-03-2006, 11:34 PM
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/nm/20051231/2005_12_31t032432_450x290_us_stocks_performance.jpg

News wires are abuzz with speculation that Google may soon release its own PC.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13129-1969326,00.html

The PC is thought to be a slimmed down machine costing less than $200, and contains no Microsoft software. Instead, the machine will be based on the "Google OS". It is speculated this may be Google's own flavor of Linux.

The machine would be designed for a new era of network computing, where much of the processing power is supplied through a central network, from where users will also access applications such as a word-processor or spreadsheet. This is a concept first posed by Sun Microsystems some years ago.

Google has denied (http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=86268&WT.svl=news2_1) it will manufacture its own PC, but left open the possibility that it may have formed a partnership with another PC company to manufacture the device.

Jaycee77
01-03-2006, 11:40 PM
Whoa...next on the list for Google after it's own PC....total world domination.

eek
01-03-2006, 11:56 PM
Google imo is great for one thing: a search engine. Even though i have a gmail account i rarely use it (due to the viral advertising it uses). Google video is filled with junk, and the quality is pretty poor. Even there IM service hasnt really taken off.


eek

tuna
01-04-2006, 12:04 AM
Who cares about speculation?

DevilHacker
01-04-2006, 12:07 AM
No...
They will not.
:D

beaker
01-04-2006, 12:22 AM
They already make the google search appliance:
http://www.google.com/enterprise/

angel
01-04-2006, 01:07 AM
will you have to crank it?:scream:

Gentle Fury
01-04-2006, 01:19 AM
i personally have been hoping something like this would come along for a while. Gmail is the greatest invention ever and i would love to see a google os. Long live google!

Beamtracer
01-04-2006, 01:35 AM
http://www.google.com/enterprise/images/gsa_2u_rtside.jpg

It would be cool if it looks like those other Google machines. You could keep your current AMD box for rendering, and use the Google device for office applications and to surf the web without viruses and malware.


If the Google OS is based on Linux, then it must be an open system, not proprietary.

Microsoft must be sweating.

gabe28
01-04-2006, 01:42 AM
I've been thinking lately that Adobe should release their own version of Linux and make the Adobe and Macromedia products available for it. Then there'd finally be a non-Apple and non-Microsoft option for graphics pros. Plus, I think if the Adobe library of software were to be ported to Linux, there would be a huge surge of companies porting their products to Linux as well. Suddenly, it would be a viable option for just about everybody.

rblitz7
01-04-2006, 01:46 AM
Well if they do, i hope it doesnt look as colorful as the logo. But they def have the chance to make an awesome os.

sacslacker
01-04-2006, 01:54 AM
It'll be exactly like Windows, when you boot up it'll ask you "Do you feel lucky?"

PhilOsirus
01-04-2006, 04:48 AM
Great, another reason for me to bash my head on my desk for not having bought Google stocks.

:banghead:

Oh as for the idea itself, I think it could be good. All libraries, schools, etc, need low-cost computers. Schools can't afford a computer for each students and they would end up paying for a lot of crap they don't need, as well as have 0 support unless they bought brand new equipment, which would be too costly. Add to this Windows security issues, it becomes an impossibility. But with Google providing a cheap to-the-point alternative, this could be a great success.

Beamtracer
01-04-2006, 05:28 AM
A slimmed down network "PC" may not be for everybody, but I can see how many people would find it very useful. I could use one to carry around, instead of a fully featured laptop.

Google may be planning to build applications that reside on the network, rather than the personal computer.

Wanna see what the future holds? Take a look at this....

It's called Writely, and it's a fully featured network word processor.
http://www.writely.com/
You wouldn't think an online word processor would be fast or functional. However, this one is both. It's just as fast as Microsoft Word. It doesn't take up the RAM space of Microsoft Word. And best of all, Writely is free.

Once again, Microsoft must be sweating!

SOE digital
01-04-2006, 05:34 AM
Sounds like a good idea on google's behalf. Although it seams the their target customer might not want to go with something 'new'.
Either way, it'll be interesting to see what happens or dosn't happen.

PhilOsirus
01-04-2006, 06:50 AM
Sounds like a good idea on google's behalf. Although it seams the their target customer might not want to go with something 'new'.
Either way, it'll be interesting to see what happens or dosn't happen.

Their target constumers couldn't afford not to. This isn't for the avarage computer user, it's for businesses, schools, etc. It is a to-the-point device, a unified system which connects to a multitude of ever expanding services, not an empty box you randomly fill with content until it collapses under its own weight, like PCs (with all the repair and maintenance costs that go with it).

pluMmet
01-04-2006, 08:47 AM
Any opposition to M$ is welcome. I'll buy a few of these machines and donate them to a church or something :)

Samo
01-04-2006, 09:51 AM
if Google don't do it, someone else will do it.

eek
01-04-2006, 12:40 PM
A slimmed down network "PC" may not be for everybody, but I can see how many people would find it very useful. I could use one to carry around, instead of a fully featured laptop.

Google may be planning to build applications that reside on the network, rather than the personal computer.

Wanna see what the future holds? Take a look at this....

It's called Writely, and it's a fully featured network word processor.
http://www.writely.com/
You wouldn't think an online word processor would be fast or functional. However, this one is both. It's just as fast as Microsoft Word. It doesn't take up the RAM space of Microsoft Word. And best of all, Writely is free.

Once again, Microsoft must be sweating!

Just tried it - its bloody great! thx for the link.

eek

Beamtracer
01-04-2006, 01:09 PM
Just tried it - its bloody great! thx for the link.
Ah, you just tried the Writely (http://www.writely.com/) online word processor. It's brilliant, isn't it!

For many people it will be better than Microsoft Word, as Writely allows you to easily collaborate with other people and access the word processor document from any location.

You could even travel from internet café to internet café and keep working on the same document and never own a computer or a word processor. It can also save out the document as a Microsoft Word .doc.

Another advantage Writely has over MS Word is that Writely is truly cross platform. You could use it from a Linux machine if you want. Or a Google slim PC for that matter!

You choose whatever computer hardware you want to use. You're not locked down to one company's proprietary computer platform in order to use the application.

That's what scares the people over at Redmond.

Fides
01-04-2006, 01:50 PM
Bob Cringley has been speculating that Google is buying up a lot of the 'dark' fiber (http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20051117.html) networks that were laid out across the US during the Dot Com boom, but left unused after the bubble burst as well as manufacturing a super-data-server-mega-cluster-portable supercomputer, that they can use to in effect create a data center with which to host web services and applications etc:

The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We're talking about 5000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire Internet into a giant processing and storage grid.


It's all speculation of course, but Google certainly has the cash and genius to do it.

kaiser_pro
01-04-2006, 02:39 PM
and the practice, the google datacentre is spread accross at least two locations, the only thing they needed to do is make the whole thing srink in physical size

JeroenDStout
01-04-2006, 04:10 PM
Wow, I'm beginning to tell myself "Jeroen... Google is not god. They can not do just about everything" and I'm having trouble to believe it.

eMPeck
01-04-2006, 05:25 PM
I just wonder when people will start to write 'googl€' ;)

Saurus
01-04-2006, 05:34 PM
Hasn’t this been tried before with $200 Lindow PC sold at Walmart? Did any of you guys who’s so high on Google PC bought Lindow PC?

JDex
01-04-2006, 05:54 PM
Hasn’t this been tried before with $200 Lindow PC sold at Walmart? Did any of you guys who’s so high on Google PC bought Lindow PC?

A: Walmart.
B: Google.
C: Walmart.
D: Walmart.

I'm not sure what I think about the GooglePC, or whatever it will be called... but to the masses, google is a valuable tool provider that "seems" to be on the up-and-up. Walmart in the eyes of the masses on the other-hand...

...at worst is a scrupulous multi-national conglomerate that makes it's living running local shops everywhere out-of-business, and treating it's employees as sub-human

...at best is a place to buy dog-food and socks.

Neither of which make make many people want to buy a computer.

Fides
01-04-2006, 08:22 PM
Hasn’t this been tried before with $200 Lindow PC sold at Walmart? Did any of you guys who’s so high on Google PC bought Lindow PC?

Has what been tried before? Selling a cheap pc? Who hasn't tried that?
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Jdex, your wandering.

Saurus
01-04-2006, 08:47 PM
Rumors state Google and Walmart are teaming up to create this PC.

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=28697

tuna
01-04-2006, 09:16 PM
Ridiculous speculative rumours amplified by crazy people shot down by David Krane: http://www.kraneland.com/2006/01/google-cube-google-pc.html

fin

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