Google-branded netbook incoming.
In tech parlance, "dogfooding" refers to the common Silicon Valley practice of force-feeding developers Kibbles & Bits when they miss deadlines. It also means "eating your own dogfood" before you serve it out to a mass audience. Google's last famous dogfooding came with the campus-wide release of a bunch of Nexus Ones a few weeks before their retail launch.
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Now rumors indicate that the first Chrome OS netbooks will hit Google's campus "in December". We should see the OS launch in early 2011. If the Nexus One's timeframe holds true, we'll see this baby up for order after a month or so of dogfooding. Maybe during CES 2011? I'm not sure if a Chrome OS tablet would blot out the stars of CES or be utterly dominated by news from the show. Google seems to have lost some cachet with consumers over the last year, despite Android's success.
A Digitimes rumor back in early November pointed towards Google direct-selling a branded Chrome OS netbook. That certainly sounds like what this is.
A launch like that, geared mainly towards early adopters, would be quite a lot smaller than what many of us anticipated. But it would allow Google to ease Chrome OS onto the market. They've had some trouble already meeting their launch time-frame goals. Jolicloud has already announced a netbook, Google can't wait much longer.
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Look for an announcement from Google at some point in December. If these dogfood rumors are true, we're sure to see some photos of this new Google netbook within a week or two. Google employees aren't great at keeping this sort of stuff under wraps.