What to do when you’re bored: talk about Google OS!

The tech blogosphere was getting boring for the past few minutes so Emre Sokullu and Richard MacManus saves us from the hell of boredom by talking about the Google OS.

I think they are both drinking better Merlot than I am. Can you send over a bottle?

Why would Google want the hell of doing an OS? They are having a much better time just selling ads on top. And they will continue to be successful at doing that, no matter what Bill Gates says.

The real Google OS, by the way, is what’s running on their datacenters. They have teams doing nothing but writing drivers for disk drives. Why? To make their server OS work better across thousands of servers.

If Google is going to sell an OS, it’ll be a server OS that’ll be a good hosting container for a ton of Web 2008-style services. Doing an OS for a laptop or a desktop? Please.

73 thoughts on “What to do when you’re bored: talk about Google OS!

  1. Seems Scoble faces reality now. Date is 8th of July, 2009 three years later from this article and Google announces Chrome OS… ouuchh!

  2. Seems Scoble faces reality now. Date is 8th of July, 2009 three years later from this article and Google announces Chrome OS… ouuchh!

  3. Another comment for the guy who made the comment about ‘What is Google going to do with 8000 people they employ?’.

    You are right: the world’s biggest datacentres put themselves together (the AdWords algorithm does it for them in a self-managed manner), Gmail grows on trees in California and Docs & Spredsheets was actually a leftover from Microsoft (Bill didn’t like it cause it looked too boring for his well-trained ‘re-skin my software now!!!!’ eye).

    Get a grip on yourself please! Google is currently understaffed. Do you know that they actually have sales people who sell AdWords to big corporations, so I can be offered to buy Prince Nazeem on eBay for 2pence?

    HAHAHAHAHA!

    This is a real good rant.

    Some good points on the .com boom and all that managerial stuff.

    Google is a required service by the world and it will never be ‘beaten’ by Microsoft.

    Thanks.

    Jason
    http://www.flexewebs.com

  4. Another comment for the guy who made the comment about ‘What is Google going to do with 8000 people they employ?’.

    You are right: the world’s biggest datacentres put themselves together (the AdWords algorithm does it for them in a self-managed manner), Gmail grows on trees in California and Docs & Spredsheets was actually a leftover from Microsoft (Bill didn’t like it cause it looked too boring for his well-trained ‘re-skin my software now!!!!’ eye).

    Get a grip on yourself please! Google is currently understaffed. Do you know that they actually have sales people who sell AdWords to big corporations, so I can be offered to buy Prince Nazeem on eBay for 2pence?

    HAHAHAHAHA!

    This is a real good rant.

    Some good points on the .com boom and all that managerial stuff.

    Google is a required service by the world and it will never be ‘beaten’ by Microsoft.

    Thanks.

    Jason
    http://www.flexewebs.com

  5. While I’ve fantasized and considered this in the past, I think that the chances of it happening are a bit slim.

    First, the purpose for creating the operating system really wouldn’t be for all the mundane stuff people ranted about above. If Google, with its current power to advertise to just about everybody, promoted any free OS or created their own, they would do two things. First, they would get huge amounts of consumer praise. Second, it would bring them one step closer to their mission statement by allowing more people to be able to afford a computer and search the web (note: I’m talking about people that don’t know about linux…like lower class average families).

    The above would be perfectly valid and really wouldn’t surprise me any, but I don’t think it’s the direction Google has gone the past year.

    Look at the companies Google has been buying out. Look at the services Google has shown interest in. YouTube, Orkut, Writely, Gmail: Both increasing their people-database and providing more places to advertise. Google has also launched a fairly successful transition to traditional media advertising. They clearly understand that advertising is where the money is at.

    Add it up guys. Under pressure from stockholders, which is more likely…an OS…or an advertising agency?

  6. While I’ve fantasized and considered this in the past, I think that the chances of it happening are a bit slim.

    First, the purpose for creating the operating system really wouldn’t be for all the mundane stuff people ranted about above. If Google, with its current power to advertise to just about everybody, promoted any free OS or created their own, they would do two things. First, they would get huge amounts of consumer praise. Second, it would bring them one step closer to their mission statement by allowing more people to be able to afford a computer and search the web (note: I’m talking about people that don’t know about linux…like lower class average families).

    The above would be perfectly valid and really wouldn’t surprise me any, but I don’t think it’s the direction Google has gone the past year.

    Look at the companies Google has been buying out. Look at the services Google has shown interest in. YouTube, Orkut, Writely, Gmail: Both increasing their people-database and providing more places to advertise. Google has also launched a fairly successful transition to traditional media advertising. They clearly understand that advertising is where the money is at.

    Add it up guys. Under pressure from stockholders, which is more likely…an OS…or an advertising agency?

  7. “The real Google OS, by the way, is what’s running on their datacenters [...]
    If Google is going to sell an OS, it’ll be a server OS that’ll be a good hosting container for a ton of Web 2008-style services. Doing an OS for a laptop or a desktop? Please.”

    Spot on, Robert. Couldn’t agree more!

  8. “The real Google OS, by the way, is what’s running on their datacenters [...]
    If Google is going to sell an OS, it’ll be a server OS that’ll be a good hosting container for a ton of Web 2008-style services. Doing an OS for a laptop or a desktop? Please.”

    Spot on, Robert. Couldn’t agree more!

  9. Ever since I have been interested in technology (about 10 years) and there are a couple of things going on here. First every year is the year of the linux desktop. Every year there is a litney from the pundits about how this year ordinary people are going to start adopting linux. I am yet to see this happen on any reasonable scale. Second every year is also the year that the browser becomes alot more important than the operating system. Through all this Microsoft continues to sell millions of copies of windows. Windows Server is also a very popular platform.

    Why Google might not win:
    Microsoft’s history is littered with companies that it has beaten. You can say they fought dirty or are a monopoly but look at Microsoft .net vs. Java. Both require a download. Most copies of windows don’t have the latest copies of .net so bundling is less of an issue. There has been tremendous adoption. Microsoft performs very well when the chips are down. Never count them out.

    Steve

  10. Ever since I have been interested in technology (about 10 years) and there are a couple of things going on here. First every year is the year of the linux desktop. Every year there is a litney from the pundits about how this year ordinary people are going to start adopting linux. I am yet to see this happen on any reasonable scale. Second every year is also the year that the browser becomes alot more important than the operating system. Through all this Microsoft continues to sell millions of copies of windows. Windows Server is also a very popular platform.

    Why Google might not win:
    Microsoft’s history is littered with companies that it has beaten. You can say they fought dirty or are a monopoly but look at Microsoft .net vs. Java. Both require a download. Most copies of windows don’t have the latest copies of .net so bundling is less of an issue. There has been tremendous adoption. Microsoft performs very well when the chips are down. Never count them out.

    Steve

  11. I am now thinking that Google’s OS is FireFox web browser.

    Why? All Google applications will run in a web browser and that is where the core of the functionality will be happening in the future (datacenters will be used mostly for storing information and for some different type of ‘offline processing’ – mostly search).

    So Google promotes FireFox, which is its own web browser if you think about it long and hard enough. Obviously Google apps work in any browser, so it is all fine.

    Yes, the data centres play a crucial part in all of this and of course all (or most) of that is running on Linux, which is great.

    Currently, Google is the Google’s OS. I can most of the common day to day things on Google now and I am happy with most of them. What else do I need?

    I largely need more of the small business applications which will help me in mundane day-to-day activities, like bookeeping and other important but boring matters. Oh! Google’s already working on that.

    So there we are. Google is already one giant OS and that is largely the reason why it is so successful.

    Cheers,

    Jason
    Director
    http://www.flexewebs.com

  12. I am now thinking that Google’s OS is FireFox web browser.

    Why? All Google applications will run in a web browser and that is where the core of the functionality will be happening in the future (datacenters will be used mostly for storing information and for some different type of ‘offline processing’ – mostly search).

    So Google promotes FireFox, which is its own web browser if you think about it long and hard enough. Obviously Google apps work in any browser, so it is all fine.

    Yes, the data centres play a crucial part in all of this and of course all (or most) of that is running on Linux, which is great.

    Currently, Google is the Google’s OS. I can most of the common day to day things on Google now and I am happy with most of them. What else do I need?

    I largely need more of the small business applications which will help me in mundane day-to-day activities, like bookeeping and other important but boring matters. Oh! Google’s already working on that.

    So there we are. Google is already one giant OS and that is largely the reason why it is so successful.

    Cheers,

    Jason
    Director
    http://www.flexewebs.com

  13. @Ray, because Live.com is really good now. IMO, people won’t care about small differences in technology but prefer unique, fully integrated and easily accessible user experience.

  14. @Ray, because Live.com is really good now. IMO, people won’t care about small differences in technology but prefer unique, fully integrated and easily accessible user experience.

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