This, on the other hand, may turn out to be great news - Google is working on a distribution of Ubuntu Linux.
Google is preparing its own distribution of Linux for the desktop, in a possible bid to take on Microsoft in its core business - desktop software.If there's any company that can pull off the open-source attack on Microsoft, I think Google is it. It already has fantastic brand loyalty, and can even afford to offer limited service guarantees. More importantly, Google is big enough to force a certain amount of compliance among hardware vendors.
A version of the increasingly popular Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, based on Debian and the Gnome desktop, it is known internally as 'Goobuntu'.
Google has confirmed it is working on a desktop linux project called Goobuntu, but declined to supply further details, including what the project is for.
The funny thing is, if Google were to succeed in pushing Ubuntu as an alternative to Windows, the entire PC market would have converged around the same basic hardware and software. Mac OSX is Unix-based (BSD) and so is Ubuntu (linux), and the Macintosh has now moved to Intel chips.
I have no idea what this would mean in terms of wider software, but it occurs to me that this would mean that Mac users could finally get all the coolest games at the same time as their Wintel brethren. Just a thought.