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Will Google Launch A Browser?

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the sweet-patooties-up-for-wager dept.

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ServeYourWorld writes "The New York Post is reporting that 'Based on the half-dozen hires in recent weeks, Google appears to be planning to launch its own Web browser and other software products to challenge Microsoft.' I took a guess and did a whois search for Gbrowser.com and indeed Google Inc. is listed as the registrar."

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Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (5, Funny)

heptapod (243146) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303448)

But will the download be invite only?

Re:Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (2, Interesting)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303516)

Wow. Considering how the GMail invite scene was early on, I can only imagine what the beta for GBrowser will be like.

Re:Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (4, Interesting)

56ker (566853) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303555)

Well considering the demise in market share of IE and the rise of alternative browsers - eg Opera, Firefox, Mozilla etc.... it would seem smart to bring out a browser.

Anyway - the way the beta system used to work was that it was invite only.... after all some people don't know how to write bug reports. :P

Let me guess: (5, Interesting)

Patik (584959) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303449)

It tracks everything you surf so it can display relevant ads. No thanks, I'll stick with Firefox.

Let's just hope that Gmail still works with other browsers.

Re:Let me guess: (5, Informative)

Nurgled (63197) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303476)

Opera already does that if you enable the Google TextAds feature... with Google, no less.

Re:Let me guess: (3, Informative)

NoMercy (105420) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303507)

And Firefox has an extention to do it too...

Re:Let me guess: (2, Insightful)

FlipmodePlaya (719010) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303561)

Good observation. There are a lot of Opera users (myself included) who don't mind them, either. They take up littel screen real estate and are easy to ignore. Worst case sceario: they lead you to a good deal on a product, or something.

The browsing experience is full of ads to begin with. Pop ups, click throughs, banners, flash ads, etc. For an IE user migrating, the trade off of pop-ups for another banner is a good one.

Now to see if Google can throw together something worth switching to...

Re:Let me guess: (2, Interesting)

boarder8925 (714555) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303530)

It tracks everything you surf so it can display relevant ads. No thanks, I'll stick with Firefox.

Let's just hope that Gmail still works with other browsers.
Let me put forth another guess: it tracks every site you visit and doesn't let you delete the history.

And I personally think that Gmail will remain compatible with other browsers; Google's not that stupid. =P

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303628)

Server-side history! Imagine the convenience!

Re:Let me guess: (5, Informative)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303534)

Firefox already does that [mozilla.org] . (Well, it doesn't exactly track you, and it only displays relevant ads if you want it to.)

Dear PATIK (5, Informative)

Letter (634816) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303566)

Dear PATIK,

Even Netscape 4 sent everywhere you surfed to a central server, although of course not with the purpose of serving ads. Remember "What's Related?"

-Letter

Re:Let me guess: (5, Insightful)

lphuberdeau (774176) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303584)

From what I understood by reading the article, they might actually be planning to release some sort of modified version of Mozilla. Having more browsers using the Gecko engine sure can't be a bad thing. Plus, it will put some pressure on Microsoft to improve their browser and actually support standards.

If Google places it's name on a browser, it will sure become popular in a matter of days.

The success of standards depend on having multiple quality implementations. Right now, this remains a problem as only Mozilla does it right (Safari seems to be fine but I never really tested it).

Re:Let me guess: (2, Insightful)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303630)

What if google forked directly from Firefox?

Would an adoption, or major sponsorship be beyond Googles reach?

Google branded mozilla engine sat on the worlds most used search engine could result in a MAJOR shifting from IE.

okay, here is a theoretical question then. (0, Redundant)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303654)

Lets say google releases a browser, and it kicks ass.

Then, lets say 6 months later, google only allows the googlebrowser and IE to access google.com (with a deal where MS pays google big bucks). Lets assume google still dominates, it could be 2+ years before a viable alternative exists.

Yes, that is a lot of what-ifs. And given google's past actions, I doubt anything like that will come to pass. However, with google's recent public stock offering, who knows. Stranger things happen daily in the business world.

So the question is, would you stick to firefox? Myself, I wouldnt like it, but I would prolly switch to the googlebrowser.

Just a theoretical question.

Of course... (5, Funny)

AngryParsley (809581) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303452)

The NY Post is never wrong.

the article (not like ny times will be /.'ed but y (0, Redundant)

master0ne (655374) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303453)

September 19, 2004 -- Google, $1.67 billion richer from its August initial public offering, is spending its money poaching the brightest minds from arch-rival Microsoft and other tech giants.

Based on the half-dozen hires in recent weeks, Google appears to be planning to launch its own Web browser and other software products to challenge Microsoft.

Google has wooed Joshua Bloch, one of the main developers of the Internet programming language Java, from Sun Microsystems.

The company also hired four people who worked on Microsoft's Web browser, Internet Explorer, and later founded their own company. One of them, Adam Bosworth, is credited with being a driving force not only behind IE, but Microsoft's database-management program, Access.

Most recently, Google grabbed Joe Beda, the lead developer on Avalon, Microsoft's code name for the user interface that will part of the next version of Windows, called Longhorn.

Beda even keeps an online diary of what it's like to be a "Noogler," as new Google employees are called. He won't reveal what he's working on but mentions that each Noogler is given a hat with a propeller on the top.

"Google is a magnetic pull for smart technology people," said Gary Stein, an analyst with Jupiter Research. "They're really trying to broaden their tech base. This is all about putting smart kids in a Google sandbox."

Neither Google nor the employees will comment on the hiring spree, but analysts note that the talent allows the company to challenge Microsoft on its own turf.

Stein said Google could -- and probably is -- working on almost everything. He believes the company will launch a product that searches for online music, because it already has a program that trolls the Web for images.

Other blogs and analysts believe Google is working on an instant-messaging program and a Web browser to challenge Internet Explorer.

The browser strategy is supported by other clues as well. Last month, Google hosted Mozilla Developer Day on its campus, a gathering of programmers that work together to build sequels to the re-named Netscape browser. Mozilla, which is "open source" and available to anyone, could be shaped to Google's specifications and be embedded with Google search, Gmail free e-mail and other Google applications.

"I'm willing to bet that somewhere in the Google computer system are the seeds of a browser," Stein said.

The broader concept Google is pursuing is similar to the "network computer" envisioned by Oracle chief Larry Ellison during a speech in 1995.

The idea is that companies or consumers could buy a machine that costs only about $200, or less, but that has very little hard drive space and almost no software. Instead, users would access a network through a browser and access all their programs and data there.

The concept floundered, but programmers note that Google could easily pick up the ball. Already, its Gmail free e-mail system gives users 100 megabytes of storage space on a remote network -- providing consumers a virtual hard drive.

"I think a similar thing [to the got network computer] is developing in a more organic way now," said Jason Kottke, a New York-based Web developer who follows Google's moves. "People are ready for it. Instead of most of your interaction happening with Windows or Mac, you're spending a lot of time with Google-built interfaces."

On his blog, new Google employee Bosworth describes a "Web services" world where a project could be checked and updated from any terminal on the road -- while other employees can make changes from other places.

Bosworth wouldn't reveal exactly what he's up to at Google, except to say the software he's developing is for "mere mortals. In fact, my Mom."

For as much as outsiders are speculating about Google's next product, so employees inside the company are doing the same thing, Stein said.

"Google's strategy is to throw a handful of seeds and to see what grows," he said.

Re:the article (not like ny times will be /.'ed bu (4, Insightful)

sfjoe (470510) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303604)

The company also hired four people who worked on Microsoft's Web browser...

If they're trying to build their own browser, why would they want IE developers? If it were my business, I'd want guys who had developed a product that had to stand on its own merit to succeed. Building a product that is successful largely because of an illegal monopoly is less than impressive.

Just part of the OS... (0, Offtopic)

jarich (733129) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303454)

Right? Gotta have some office apps... a browser... email. :)

Re:Just part of the OS... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303560)

Google also owns the domains "GOS.com" "Gporn.com" "Goffice" and "Gword"

I think it's safe to say they've got big plans.

Re:Just part of the OS... (1)

TexasDex (709519) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303633)

Nope! Not according to whois. All four are owned by different companies.

Re:Just part of the OS... (1)

grc (52842) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303624)

I think the next logical step would be for Google to branch out into GroupWare. Mail is the cornerstone that Groupware is based on, and a great Schedule and Phonebook is not out of Google's reach, even without those new hires.

If I was Google, I would look into developing technology like Convea's (http://www.convea.com/convea53.asp [convea.com] ) great DHTML based groupware into a full "virtual" OS. That is, a shell for developing other great web based productivity software.

Looks like they're using Mozilla code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303455)

Which is good to hear (less testing) and it would mean a greater share of the audience for Gecko browsers (more standards compliance! Browsing for the year 2000!)

whisper campaign (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303459)

Yeah, and this slashdot story is probably just a "whisper" campaign by google to get the hype machine rolling.

Dear Google (3, Funny)

Letter (634816) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303536)

Dear Google,

And it's working... I had a GOrgasm in my pants when I read this story!

-Letter

Re:whisper campaign (1)

ftgow (791708) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303603)

Yeah! Everybody shut up!

Come on... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303462)

They are just working on stuff like their toolbar and something like that. Why do you guys have to come up with a theory every single time?

Cool idea. (1, Troll)

paulius_g (808556) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303470)

I hope it's going to be dependant on a whole new insider code and not a Internet Explorer API. This may provide a nice alternative to the big Mozilla code.

Re:Cool idea. (1)

crackshoe (751995) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303594)

whats wrong with konqueror? its open source, and works great (although safari works even better)

Re:Cool idea. (1)

homer_ca (144738) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303615)

It would make sense to use some existing HTML engine whether it's Gecko, KHTML, or IE. Another thread mentioned the Gecko engine which would be cool, but in theory you could make the HTML engine pluggable and switch between all three if you wanted.

Re:Cool idea. (1)

TRIEventHorizon (744457) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303642)

Answer to big mozilla code: small firefox code!

Get it at here [mozilla.com]

I hope there is more to this. (2, Interesting)

Legendary (814170) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303475)

It would be a dream come true if someone could compete with Microsoft. But Google? Google, out of anyone, I least expected.

Re:I hope there is more to this. (1)

paulius_g (808556) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303518)

Google "owns" the Search engine market.... Now they'll try to own the browsers and operating systems also. It's nice that some company is spending a lot of money on researching better applications we use every day.

Re:I hope there is more to this. (2, Interesting)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303568)

I can see them possibly considering building an OS based on Linux or a BSD variant. But that's still a pretty tight market to try to squeeze into.

Re:I hope there is more to this. (1)

Legendary (814170) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303674)

I agree. If they play their cards right, could we be casually referring to Microsoft as a competitor and have Google Inc. rule our boxes with an digital fist?

Hmm (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303477)

Firefox might actually get some competition then?

It gets even better (4, Funny)

Frac (27516) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303478)

Check out GOS.com.

Google is launching a new OS based on Gloucestershire health clubs! Come on now, not even MS or Apple has thought of that one. [grins]

Re:It gets even better (0, Redundant)

carrus85 (727188) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303524)

Am I the only one that noticed it said 100 megabytes of web space.. I personally know that is 1000 megabytes...

Open Source? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303481)

Can google compete with open-source options like mozilla and opera?

Re:Open Source? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303570)

Opera isn't open source, dipshit.

Re:Open Source? (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303575)

I didn't think Opera was open-source.

Re:Open Source? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303617)

Is Opera open source, I can't remember that. Anyhow, I doubt Google will be able to knock out certain opensource options, like the product line coming from mozilla.org. Mozilla has finally understood how browsers should be and seem to be doing everything right here lately, only making everthing even better for every release. Therefore I don't think google will manage to pass the head start Mozilla already has... unless they plan to integrate it in certain operating system kernels :).

Re:Open Source? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303640)

I said the same thing about ie knocking out netscape 5-10 years ago :).

Re:Open Source? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303650)

Mozilla is open source. Google can easily use Mozilla's code as a basis for their own browser. Nothing says Google's browser can't be open source itself.

And no, Opera isn't open source, but still a great browser.

Re:Open Source? (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303635)

Can google compete with open-source options like mozilla and opera?

Yes.

("English for Geeks" Tip of the Day: To obtain verbose output, include the keyword how at the beginning of your query.)

GBrowser (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303483)

I hear it's being developed in space. [google.com]

Re:GBrowser (2, Funny)

Resident Maniac (809612) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303665)

Monday, September 20, 2004

Work is progressing on the development of Gbrowser. Unfortunately, the progress is excruciatingly slow, due mainly to the fact that Gbrowser's being developed in space and that our computer's won't freaking stay on our damn desks!

Unrelated to Gbrowser, it was a sad day yesterday when one of my coworkers and best friends took a walk outside the Google Lunar Building and forgot to wear his magnetic boots (as Google has laid down metal sidewalks). Consequently, he floated off into space, and we expect him to collide with Mars in a few years.

Who'd thunk it? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303485)

The best and brightest in search engine companies gets woken up by others' efforts (see earlier articles about Verisign and Microsoft) to capitalize on a market by hijacking the browser, so they develop their own?

bk

Firefox (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303488)

Im sure it will be mentioned alot, but what is the real purpose of doing that. Competition is always a good thing but wouldn;t it be better if they backed a certain browser we all know and love ;) instead?

fp?

Rich web apps (5, Insightful)

augustz (18082) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303489)

Google develops the rich web app stack. Applications can be deployed through the web with richer interfaces then HTML provides.

Google has some of these apps (search, email etc).

Google get's richer.

Article Mistake (2, Interesting)

jxa00++ (322387) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303493)

From the article:

Already, its Gmail free e-mail system gives users 100 megabytes of storage space on a remote network -- providing consumers a virtual hard drive.

Since when did 100mb = 1 gig?

Re:Article Mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303554)

Since marketing took over.

Re:Article Mistake (1)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303569)

Since when did 100mb = 1 gig?

Since it got by the fact checkers at the NY Post. They're never wrong, you know.

Re:Article Mistake (1)

prtsoft (702850) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303637)

oh that, thats NY math, its a little different.:>

Firefox (1)

dieyack (716504) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303494)

Why do this? They should just add to the **better** browser [mozilla.org] (mozilla.org)

Nope (5, Funny)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303498)

The company (Google) also hired four people who worked on Microsoft's Web browser...


Woooh! I think not.

Re:Nope (1)

Davak (526912) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303563)

Right... because knowing your competion is somehow a bad thing?

Plus, they've got to have somebody to figure how to handle microsoft's substandard, non-conforming html code. They may suck... but they have the majority of the market.

Davak

It would be more commendable . . . (5, Interesting)

bedouin (248624) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303506)

If they propagated a Mozilla-based browser such as Firefox to their users. At one time I was a defender of Google, always citing their mantra of "Don't be evil," however I'm not quite sure what their intentions may be.

Best search engine? Perhaps. But let's leave it at that.

Don't be blinded by the generosity; they're potentially gearing up to be just as wicked of a monopoly as Microsoft. Whether their intentions are clear or not, that probably should not be happening, since too much power has a tendency to corrupt -- except under very exceptional circumstances.

For example... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303573)

>Whether their intentions are clear or not,
> that probably should not be happening, since
> too much power has a tendency to corrupt --
> except under very exceptional circumstances.

Like when *I* take over the world!!!!!!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Re:It would be more commendable . . . (5, Interesting)

Your_Mom (94238) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303616)

You can trace back most of the problems with Google down to one person. CEO Eric E. Schmidt.

Eric has had a wonderful track record of running companies into the ground and doing stupid stuff. Novell (which rebounded after he left), SUN (in which he screwed over JAVA), and Xerox PARC (how many good ideas slipped through their fingers?).

One of my professors, after Schmidt came onto Google, told us in class "Enjoy Google while it lasts, its going to start to expand into other areas and start to fail" and I am really afraid that he is going to turn out to be right.

When Froogle came out I started to be afraid, when Gmail came out, I started to worry more, if this turns out to be true, I really weep for the future.

Gindows (5, Funny)

usefool (798755) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303508)

At this rate, we'll see gindow.com registered by google.com in no time.

Re:Gindows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303567)

gindows.com

Registrant:
BENJAMIN BERKS
55 BEVERLY DR
CAMARILLO, California 93010
United States

Registered through: Domains Made Easy
Domain Name: GINDOWS.COM
Created on: 06-May-04
Expires on: 06-May-06
Last Updated on: 13-May-04

Administrative Contact:
BERKS, BENJAMIN bjb40558@csun.edu
55 BEVERLY DR
CAMARILLO, California 93010
United States
8054843988 Fax --
Technical Contact:
BERKS, BENJAMIN bjb40558@csun.edu
55 BEVERLY DR
CAMARILLO, California 93010
United States
8054843988 Fax --

Domain servers in listed order:
NS0.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS1.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS2.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS3.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS4.DNSMADEEASY.COM

Re:Gindows (2)

ahs (813630) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303599)

Too bad someone already has registered woogle.com, otherwise MS could have used that name for their search engine. However, msnoogle.com is still available.

More competition (3, Insightful)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303511)

What if Google can do something or have something (an idea) which no other browser has implemented? Google has already shaken up the search market and is now shaking up the email market with its Gmail service. What happens if lighting can strike a third time and create some sort of healthy competition for the brower market once again? At least mindshare would come from it and people would realise there is more than just IE out there. A lot of people use google and they are not geeks either, which is what we want.

Re:More competition (1)

chris_mahan (256577) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303577)

I would rather see google make a diskless linux distro on a bootable usb device. (coming up with a catchy name out of all that is left as an exercise to the reader.)

Of course, it could then have a browser, OOo, and best of all, a google-hosted filesystem.

Re:More competition (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303596)

Loogle, their name for their distro of Linux? Or GLinux, i doubt it but could be cool.

Why? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303512)

Google has a tremendous name recognition, but this seems outside of its core strength.

Why should Google do its own browser? Why not just come along side an existing browser in some kind of partnership? Instead, they are simply dividing up the already fragmented non-Microsoft browser landscape. If they added worked with an existing browser, maybe even renaming it to take advantage of the brand name, adding some polish, they could make a serious dent in IE.

I think this is a tactical error on their part. And when P/E ratios are in the triple digits, it only takes one to bring the cards down (for the investors at least).

'Will Google Launch A Browser?' (4, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303515)

Short answer: No.
Long answer : Yes.

Web-based web-browser (5, Funny)

giminy (94188) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303522)

I took a guess and did a whois search for Gbrowser.com and indeed Google Inc. is listed as the registrar.

I suspect that they will begin offering a web-based web-browsing solution (like gmail, but for HTTP) with roughly a gigabyte of bandwidth usage per day. This will no doubt be great competition for the other web-based web browsers, like ...
Er, wait a second...

Re:Web-based web-browser (2, Interesting)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303653)

Actually, a web based browser isn't such a bad idea - think about it for a sec.

Develop a low cost cheap display mechanism that communicates over modems or tcp/ip (ie: high speed) and that only communicates to one service.

That one service would then have their own software running a browser, email, search engine etc.

Things that make you say, hmmmmm....

Invite only... (5, Insightful)

Davak (526912) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303525)

The current gmail marketing campaign [tech-recipes.com] is working well...

The invite system allows the system to reduce the amount of load at one time... reduce the amount of beta testing, etc.

GMail, GBrowse, GAnything -- they work because they remind people of this "wonderful" thing called google. As long as the letter G is associated with bigger and better, Google can send rumors of any google product...

Any press... any rumors... is good for google.

Re:Invite only... (1)

koreth (409849) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303572)

So "G" is the new "Mc"?

Re:Invite only... (1)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303655)

No, it's the new "i" - but don't let Steve Jobs know (gMac, gPod, gTunes, gBook, gPhoto, gMovie)...

gbrowser image browser (2, Informative)

CFrankBernard (605994) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303526)

I don't know if I feel sorry for this guy's website or not, since his image browser may soon gain in popularity (but maybe not via Google's search results :) http://homepage.mac.com/schwarz/gbrowser.html [mac.com]

Re:gbrowser image browser (1)

detritus` (32392) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303595)

Why feel sorry for him when he sues the pants off of google for stealing his trademarked name? (actually i hope he doesnt and they can come to an amniable agreement, but i can see lawyers with dollar signs flashing before thier eyes) Of course google probably has a closet full of ravenous lawyers to prevent this sort of thing from happening, unless they pull a microsoft and just buy the guy out for the name :)

yawn.. boring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303527)

oh nerds, tell me why this is interesting?

I honestly hope... (5, Insightful)

jdoss (802219) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303528)

... that the good folks @ Google are prepared for their first massive *shrug* from the masses. It would take something extraordinary for me to switch from Firefox at this point. I would imagine the same from a lot of people. They could cash in on the IE-weary public, looking for a change, but those of us using Gecko-based browsing are quite fanatical about it. :)

Searching (3, Funny)

Rber0 (711590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303529)

I guess we know what their default search engine will be ;D

Ummm .... yeah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303531)

The difference between 4.5 MB and 11MB is dramatic for the 60 million (49%) US internet users who still don't have broadband [66.102.7.104].

I'm watching with amusement as IBM prepares to stub its toe with their new, curiously named " OpenPower " low-end boxes.

Now don't get me wrong, I am guessing that SCO will say, " ain't so! " and then someone proves that it isn't an energy *source*. You have to find a pattern. In this way, if one thread stalls, the other can execute in it's place while the other thread waits for the pipeline to redo itself, hence being a very clever way of making up for the design " faults ". AMD's typically run at a lower clockspeed, and have a myriad of tools to slice and dice that data to squeeze every last penny out.

You can now host your own iChat server. Instant Messaging serves as a vital means of communication for organizations of all sizes, so it's useful to deploy and run your own private and secure IM server. Based on " independent " news (if there is a premium to be paid (unless your like me and buy from eBay, a practice Cisco tried unsuccessfully to stop).

I think if I went back and played Half-Life now, I would have posted AC to avoid the karmawhoring but Slashdot isn't allowing my subnet to post anonymously anymore. So blame my analogy on him.

History will be very stable and have very good power response... and low THD (as if that was what mattered).

In fact, they have worked very well in open source, e.g. RedHat Enterprise, Linux is being drafted ;)

It won't stop me from deploying Oo.o. It's an excellent product, and saves $400 per PC (nearly 40% of the cost of switching to another product.

What a name! (0, Troll)

zach_smith (159760) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303533)

Come on, Gbrowser? I hope they can figure out something better than that.

Trademark registered yet? (3, Funny)

Wespionage (751377) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303546)

Hopefully this time they will think to register the trademark early. But just in case, I'll just go ahead and submit this here application for Gbrowser, my new line of eyebrow glitter!

they must have not got the memo (1)

mo (2873) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303548)

Hiring all of these expensive engineers must be costing them a fortune. They could seriously reduce their bottom line with a programming team or two in Bangalore.

Mozilla.org & Firefox (1)

flyboy974 (624054) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303551)

Why not just buy up the Mozilla.org assets from AOL? Time Warner needs the money.

A little more money into Firefox wouldn't hurt. Besides, if AOL keeps it they'll start pushing ads into it sooner or later.

correction on gmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303558)

gmail offers 1 gig of storage not 100mb as the article states.

stendec@gmail.com

Better to keep the search engine working (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303562)

Which has been only sporadically reachable from here ever since the IPO.

This totally fits with Google's recent hires... (4, Informative)

MelloDawg (180509) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303564)

Back in July Dare Obasanjo noted on one of his blog posts [25hoursaday.com] that Google was hiring a bunch of people from the IE browser team and couple of Java guys from Sun.

Welcome to the next evolution for the WWW (2, Funny)

BlackCobra43 (596714) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303578)

The GInternet.

open source? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303582)

I hope the browser will be open source. If it isn't, how can we be sure Google isn't compiling huge amounts of data about its users and use it for evil(tm) stuff. The number one search engine, the number one email service (should be very possible for gmail) and a (maybe) very popular webbrowser would give one company a lot of info. We all know information is power and I, for one, would like to have a little more certainty about it not being used for evil(tm) things.

Well... (1)

HitByASquirrel (710289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303588)

i and eEverything have already been done... now all we need is a line of GThis and GThat to go along with out XGadget and Widget Pro...

For some reason (5, Insightful)

HateBreeder (656491) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303611)

People seem to think that everything that google ever does is a god-sent gift!

I think it's about time (Especially after the IPO), that people would realize that google, is first and foremost a company that's "in-it" for the money.
with the word, money, being a key-word,
especially when it comes to its shareholders.

Soon enough, pressure from that direction would reach into company policy, and google would cease "doing no evil" ...

I suggest, that we should all objectively judge each and every new product or service that google offers.

Personally, I think a whole lot of very talented people are working together on the mozilla project, and they've been doing so for years.
Why would anyone with a right-mind think
that google could do any better in the short term?

If anything, A usable product is YEARS from being ready, and by that time, who knows how powerful and advanced firefox or some other "now-working" browser would become?

Kottle: The Google Browser (2, Informative)

otisg (92803) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303622)

See this 1 month old blog entry: The Google Browser [kottke.org]

Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10303623)

I took a guess and did a whois search for Gbrowser.com and indeed Google Inc. is listed as the registrar.

Is anyone reminded of the antics of Sendai?
www.insecure.org/stc/ [insecure.org]

Will it use pigeons to display web content? (4, Funny)

ARRRLovin (807926) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303629)

That would be awesome, but incredibly messy.

The power of G baby (4, Funny)

savagedome (742194) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303631)

Well, it certainly seems like Google is taking over everything that's G. Yes. You read that right. Eventually, everything that starts with the letter 'G' (or 'g') would be owned by Google.

As other fellow /.ers have already suggested in previous posts and including the article, some of the ideas include gbrowser, gos, gthis, gthat, ginternet and gindows amongst others. Well, it all sounds fine and dandy. Now I just hope they will leave the gspot out of their jurisdiction.

Can't find the damn thing anyway.

May be a gecko browser (2, Informative)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303636)

May want to look at this (in particular the last comment):

http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=226572 [mozilla.org]


Interesting eh?

Was my post informative? Help me get a free flat screen [freeflatscreens.com] by completing 1 silly little offer. I need one to go with my free iPod.

My guess... (2, Insightful)

taradfong (311185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303647)

  1. The Internet, like Microsoft OS's and the English language is a sloppy, rag tag place that we're stuck with because everyone uses it
  2. You can make the Internet more of a killer app by finding ingenious ways to deal with the sloppy data (i.e., google search engine)
  3. ...or you can try and augment and clean up the mess with a new protocol or feature.
  4. If you do the latter, you will never escape the compatibility/integration hell of Internet Explorer. This is what killed Java, and is the reason that most web pages that try and do something innovative (e.g. gmail) either take a lifetime to code or just never freaking work right. That is, only the Googles or the Netscapes of the world can write and deploy apps that the average programmer *should* be able to do.
  5. But if you create a killer new HTML feature, and people embrace it, and you provide a client that deals with it cleanly, consistently and also handles the previous cruft, you may have a coup in the works.
  6. This is why if Sun really wanted Java to take off as the defacto language of the *client side* Internet, they should have bought Netscape when it had a big chunk of the market. They learned the hard way that you can never trust another vendor to correctly support an operating environment that's not based on open standards. Similarly, this is why (thank goodness) ActiveX never caught on save for a few custom corporate apps.

Gecko Based... (2, Insightful)

jaylee7877 (665673) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303652)

Unless Google's engineers are stupid (hint: they're not) or the lawyers step in, I'm betting it'll be gecko based with Google customized Search, relavance and security features. If they're really smart they'll make it open sourced. That'd be nice. Yeah

Don't be evil! (2, Insightful)

dustinbarbour (721795) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303656)

When will companies stop trying to do everything under the sun and just be the best at what they already do? I mean, what complaints do people have about the current set of browsers available that a new one is needed? Firefox is the shit and is absolutely free. I don't need a Google browser. I need the best damn search engine in the world.. period.

Oh and lest I forget.. Isn't it Microsoft's practive of jumping into every market related to computing what gives them that evil red aura? Now here Google ("Don't be evil.") is starting down that path. Sheesh..

Hmm (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303657)

Usually, I leave the paranoid stuff to the tin-foil hat wearers, but this is something I'm beginning to get worried about.

Hmm, lets see now - Search Engine, (they can control what you see), Blogs and Pyra (they know what you blog about), Gmail (they have your e-mails). And not to mention Google groups.

And with Google toolbar Picasa, they have slowly but steadily entered the application software market. Now, if they get a browser too, it would be time to become a little wary.

It's all nice assuming that Google is benign, but you are the weakest when you think the enemy your friend. I love Google as much as the next person, but makes one wonder where they are headed with this.

Ofcourse, on the other hand, it is a good thing to be having someone compete against Microsoft atlast. But the lesson in that is the fact that Microsoft was once seen as fighting the THEN behemoth - IBM. Enemy's enemy and things like that. I guess people look at Google the same way, today (ofcourse, the quality of their work helps for sure).

Hmm, interesting trend there.

Gbrowser vs Firefox (1)

LGagnon (762015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303666)

Google may have a chance at being the first to defeat IE as the #1 web browser. Sure, Joe Average thinks IE=Internet, but after a enough people find this browser just by going to Google, JA will likely want to switch to something more secure/featureful/Google-based if enough of his friends are using it. Of course, Firefox could still win against this browser (whether simply in the long run or just because it has had more time to build a following), but Google's name recognition alone could defeat it.

(note: This is not a troll against Firefox; I've been a loyal Firefox user since the early versions, and have no intentions to switch.)

Great. More Cross-Browser Shit to Worry About. (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 9 years ago | (#10303673)

Great. More Cross-Browser Shit to Worry About.

As if Konqueror's messed-up browser isn't giving those of us trying to be Linux friendly enough to worry about. How many free browsers do we really need?
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