Desktop operating system software (“Windows”) and productivity software (“Office”) are the bread and butter for Microsoft. OpenOffice continues to offer a powerful, free alternative when it comes to productivity software. Now it appears that Google is taking aim at the desktop operating system environment with an upcoming distribution of Linux.
Ubuntu Linux is continuing to grow in popularity, and although I don’t have extensive experience with it, Ubuntu is my favorite flavor of Linux based on distros I’ve tried to date. It will be very interesting to see Google join this mix. I predict that as the $100 laptop initiative moves forward and more people become familiar with the power, ease of use, and other benefits of Linux (especially cost compared to power), more users will migrate to the open source operating system environment. It appears Google developers may share this view. 🙂
Thanks to Steve Burt for this link.
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