It is as big as the death of MJ. The new OS by Google. To be delivered 2010.
Can Google finally unify the Linux camp and beat Apple? I believe they can. For me, OSX is a great OS in the sense that it is robust, usable and yes, pretty. It just doesn't get in the way. But then you can say the same of gmail and blogger. They are great products. They work, they are easy. Pretty? no... but hey, it is web software.
Of course a side of me cannot help but cringe at the thought that this is yet another pet project by Google. You know the kind. It crashes, it doesn't really work and it barely makes sense. You wonder if the project is seriously supported by Google or the pet project of Huan "zig-zag" Tseng, employee 43083.
And yet I hope they will pull it off. This feels different. Real. They have pulled off mail, blogger and docs in a relatively easy way. Android is an interesting project. At Open Remote, it makes all the sense in the world to have an OS that boots instantly in a "dedicated" mode; to us it's a panel. From Open Remote's viewpoint we are eagerly awaiting new panel touch hardware. The Android/Chrome combination throws the gauntlet on the low-end of the market.
A netbook calls for a netbook centric OS that really delivers. Simpler, more robust. There seems to be a faction at Google that is serious about inventing the next generation mass computing platform. I want to believe. Godspeed.