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New Google Linux Apps Coming Soon

Michael Larabel

Published on 16 June 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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In addition to Chris DiBona's words about NVIDIA and ATI binary display drivers, Google had also made an interesting splash at the first-ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit (which they had kindly hosted at their Mountain View campus) during a presentation by the Google Linux Client Team. What was it? Well, there are some "significant accomplishments" and other new Google desktop applications coming out this year for the Linux platform.

Google’s Xianzhu Wang and Zhe Su delivered the Google Linux Client Team presentation during the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit and specifically the Desktop Architect Meeting 4 (DAM-4). All of the DAM-4 presentations are available from the Linux Foundation and here is a link to the PDF slide we are talking about in this article.

The goal of the Google Linux Client Team is to develop Linux desktop applications, such as what we have seen from Google Earth and Google Picasa with official Linux versions. Granted of course, Google Picasa for Linux currently uses WINE. Also mentioned on this slide was significant accomplishments / releases this year: TBD. The actual slide presented at the Desktop Architect Meeting 4 was slightly different but portrayed the same thing -- Google will be introducing new Linux desktop software and possibly in a matter of weeks. The slides go on and mention that some of Google's Linux projects will be open-source.

What could this be? Google Desktop for Linux? Google Talk for Linux? An official Google Talk client for Linux seems to be a possibility. What are the other "significant accomplishments" that Google has made for the Linux desktop? Stay tuned to Phoronix to find out and you can share your thoughts on what you hope to see from Google in the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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