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Re: Google to launch PC operating system

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Google to launch PC operating system
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 16:15:29 -0400
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Rui Maciel wrote:
Tim Smith wrote:

Which means the kernel will be GPL.

The OS kernel is a major component of any operating system. Some people even defend that the kernel is the OS. So that must count for something.

They haven't said anything that I've seen about the rest of the system other than it will be open source.

Well, if they are putting together an operating system and they already stated that the kernel of their operating system will be GPLed, then what's missing? If they happen to put up a non-GPLed window manager does that mean that their OS ceasses to be based on GPLed code?

Rui Maciel

The GPL will be irrelevant. If the Google Chrome OS begins to make a
*real* impact on Micro$oft's bottom line, Redmond will file patent
infringement suits against small companies utilizing the Linux kernel.
Should Micro$oft actually be wounded by Chrome with little given
alternative, they will pull out all stops and we'll see a software
patent litigation war waged against the financially weakest companies
deploying Linux. A patent injunction against a little guy is
effectively an injunction against all. Since 1995 we've seen exuberant
predictions of Micro$oft's imminent demise. Micro$oft still owns 95%
of the desktop. What Redmond lacks in programming innovation is more
than compensated for by legal acumen and an existing monopoly


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