According to the article, which was published in the LA Times on the first of this month:
Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, will give a keynote address Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Analysts suspect that Page will use the opportunity either to show off a Google computing device or announce a partnership with a big retailer to sell such a machine.[Link to entire story below]
The article is pretty interesting in its speculation, and seems to me that it is well researched. Some might say that it is to early for Google to do this, but what better way to launch an operating system?
I do have to wonder what kind of OS they would have--by which I mean, how extensive it would be. It is very difficult to keep these things under wraps these days. They may be releasing a “Beta” version that will stay in beta for a long time, which seems to be the way they do everything else.
In the end, I guess we just need to wait a couple more days to see what will happen.
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Just found some more interesting speculation about the same thing. It takes him a while to get there, but this is a little more thorough examination of the state of things:
And now, without further ado: the Google PC by ZDNet's David Berlind -- In writing Now's the time for the network computer, my colleague and fellow blogger Dana Gardner has it all wrong. OK, maybe half wrong. The network computer bit is 100 percent dead-on. It's the Oracle part he has wrong.To everybody including Novell CEO Jack Messman who thinks Microsoft's forthcoming version of Windows (Vista) will be [...]