You're living in a cave if you haven't at least heard about G's intention to "build" a new computer Operating System based on their highly promoted and little used "Chrome" web browser. Based on the reaction in the blogosphere, there doesn't seem to be a lot of "wait and see" attitude from the people actually paying attention to this stuff. The Google fanboys and girls have soiled themselves in naivete` while the nay sayers are raising privacy concerns and question the motivation of such a plan. Drudge went so far as to headline it as a "death blow" to Redmond, WA based Microsoft. God knows Drudge has never been over the top.
I'm open minded enough to wait and see what ultimately comes out of Mountainview, but I for one am not holding my breath that this is going to be a "game changer" on a large scale. Google conveniently omitted any real detail in the press release so one can only guess the new OS, in reality will be a shell or GUI running on top of Linux or other Open Source OS. Not even the whiz kids can build a viable operating system from scratch and take it to market in the time frame announced. If I am right, it won't be a true stand alone "Operating System", but rather akin to Windows 3.0 and 3.1 in that it will be a "Chrome" based GUI running on top of Linux, and we all know how painful that was.
Here is what I want to know: Is Google really trying to build disruptive technology, or just trying to be disruptive? Is this just a ploy to deflect the watchful eyes of Wall Street away from the sinking earnings reports and other failures? Memo to Eric (Schmidt, CEO of Google), not EVERYONE has a stick up their ass for Bill Gates and Microsoft like you do. Don't presume that the typical PC user sees Microsoft the same way you do. Many of us are starting to see you as the new predatory and evil empire.
What's your take?