Google has publicly admitted that it is using Linux, specifically the Ubuntu distro, but for internal use only. There’s lots of hype generated on the Internet, particularly in the blogosphere, that Google is readying a weapon to challenge Microsoft’s dominance in desktop computing (read Windows).
Personally, I think this has been blown way out of proportion. Google is one of those modern companies who are good at identifying a niche and profiting from it. Google is also good at expanding the boundaries of this niche, but at a rate that doesn’t leave a bad taste for its core customer base. In my opinion, desktop computing is just not part of Google’s business expansion strategy, at least in the short to medium term.
Let’s be honest, which company doesn’t use Linux in one way or another? Heck, even Microsoft uses Linux to an extent. Mind you, this is a big enough extent to the point that Microsoft even have its own Linux Lab. Just because this is Google we’re talking about, suddenly lots of people are labelling this as Google’s inroad to desktop computing.