WHAT may happen if Google will offer SOON its FREE GoOS ?


r.j.s

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Never happen. MS and Apple will not license their APIs to be used in the emulation - which would kill its cross-platform appeal. Take a look at WINE, it barely works.

IMO, it would be essentially another Linux build, but probably better than Ubuntu.
 

Mal

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what may happen if Google will offer soon its FREE (Windows XP and Mac OSX compatible) operating system?

maybe, something like this (simulated) GoOS: http://newgoos.blogspot.com/
Operating systems aren't "Windows XP and Mac OS X compatible". They would be replacements or substitutes for either of those, but not compatible with. That's a logical impossibility and really would be pointless.

jW
 

Sun Baked

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Nearly perfect Vista OS emulation would likely also mean nearly perfect BSOD emulation on a 600MHz system with 256MB Ram. :p
 

ddeadserious

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http://www.thinkgos.com/

Something like this has already been released.

It's just Ubuntu turned green, somewhat simplified, with Google crap all over, and the close, minimize, and maximize buttons in the OSX position.

Not a bad OS, but I uninstalled it in favor of real Ubuntu.
 

zachsilvey

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google chrome sort of accomplished that. google develops web based applications, so if they develop a browser that workes perfectly with those apps what is the purpose of the operating system.
 

gaetanomarano

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it would be essentially another Linux build, but probably better than Ubuntu.
with a potential (PC and Mobile) market around three billions peoples in the world and the #1 search engine that support/advertise it every day from its home page... :D
 

gaetanomarano

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Operating systems aren't "Windows XP and Mac OS X compatible".
that's true for already existing OSs, but, maybe, a new OS designed from scratch could run GoOS, Windows and OSX software in "native mode" without any software "translation"
 

ergdegdeg

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I would probably be the only one not using it, I really hate how Google is trying to break into so many markets.
No, count me in :)
I don't even use the search engine anymore (except for MRoogle).
 

gaetanomarano

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Something like this has already been released.
also Wal Mart has sold something like this in 2007 but it was nothing "official"

in my question I refer to a TRUE Google developed and supported new OS with billions potential users in the world... with a potential market ten+ times bigger than win+mac+linux, do you think that (both) software companies and smart programmers, will (still) lose its time and know how to design win/mac/linux software???
 

gaetanomarano

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google chrome sort of accomplished that
I see it more like an "experiment" (to know "how many weeks" they need to conquer a new market...)

so if they develop a browser that workes perfectly with those apps what is the purpose of the operating system.
without a GoOS they NEVER can win the battle against Microsoft and Apple
 

Mord

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What would happen if starbucks magically started selling miracle coffee that cures all your ailments and makes you work 10 times faster with no downside?!

Google is no miracle worker it's just a provider of a basic service that most people use, it doesn't make them godly and in the end their dominance will be everyone's undoing.
 

r.j.s

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that's true for already existing OSs, but, maybe, a new OS designed from scratch could run GoOS, Windows and OSX software in "native mode" without any software "translation"
Read my post above. Apple and MS would NEVER license their APIs and the other needed backend software framework to accomplish it.
 

DaveTheGrey

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For browser based applications like google's, the browser IS the os. So google already released "it's" os with chrome.
Google, as a successful software company which sells nothing physical, just doesn't know what to do with it's money. It's so ridiculous how they try to push in every other market. Just like microsoft... Tomorrow they will make cars or something. :rolleyes:
 

r.j.s

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You don't need to license it. Look at WINE, it works incredibly well for what it is. Plus it does not emulate the software at all, it all runs at native speed.
Incredibly well for what it is and nearly perfect are two different things. Wine is nowhere near "nearly perfect"
 

powerdave

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just curious Cassie and ergdegdeg, what do you use as a viable alternative to Google search? I'm open to ideas, but not using Google would be a hard habit to break!

Would use an alternative to Gmail too, if there was one that worked as well.
 

shoulin333

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Personally i dont like Chrome... and yahoo! gives me better search results, their google desktop isn't more than a steaming pile of wanna be spyware..

and one big thing, they need some decent graphic/ui designers, that as of yet they are lacking
 

old-wiz

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As a retired software engineer who worked for 40 years in operating systems kernels and low level stuff, the idea of simply emulating the OSx or Windows (any version) kernel in a new system and running all the apps like Quicken, PhotoShop, Adobe is a fantasy. The APIs are not that well documented and programs tend to depend on little oddities which are not 'official', and then 'emulators' don't perform the oddity, and the app doesn't run. People try to do it, but it's nothing a casual user is going to put up with. Nothing wrong with coming up with a new system, but it is definitely not trivial. Do you have any idea how may million lines of code there in a modern OS? Get a grip.
 

ergdegdeg

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just curious Cassie and ergdegdeg, what do you use as a viable alternative to Google search? I'm open to ideas, but not using Google would be a hard habit to break!

Would use an alternative to Gmail too, if there was one that worked as well.
I wrote this PM to another member who was interested in my "de-Googled" Firefox. Maybe you can use that too:
Let's start with the obvious: ixquick search and picture search in the right hand box.
NoScript to block Google Analytics and all this AdSense-crap.
In about:config set "keyword.URL" to "http://eu.ixquick.com/do/metasearch.pl?language=english&cat=web&query=" to use ixquick for the urlbar-searches. It's no "I'm feeling lucky" though, so you might not like it.

That's what I can think of from the top of my head.