Google to 'launch own PC'
Windows-free, of course
Google is planning to provide an own-brand Windows-less PC and sell the low-cost system through a partnership with retail giant Wal-Mart. The machine and/or the sales deal could be announced as early as this coming Friday.
So claims the Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources. Whether they’ve seen the text of Google co-founder Larry Page’s Consumer Electronics Show keynote, which he’ll make in Las Vegas on Friday, isn’t clear, but it’s suggested that the talk will cover the new box.
As the paper notes, analysts from investment house Bear Stearns last month claimed Google was preparing a box capable of shuffling digital Internet-sourced media content around the home across local wireless or wired networks.
Crucially, the rig is said to be based on Google’s own operating system – most likely Linux in Google clothing – rather than Windows.
Full article: The Register