Good OS enters the cloud with a new OS that really isn't an OS

Good OS, the company best known for pre-installing its gOS Linux for systems sold at Wal-Mart, announced a new OS that works specifically in the cloud.

gOS, designed specifically to work around Google services, included a Web browser and multiple free desktop applications.  

The new OS, Cloud, is just an internet browser operating on top of a condensed Linux kernel, with access to rich client applications, and complete control of the PC straight from the browser.  The OS boots in seconds, which gives users immediate access to the internet.

Cloud will offer similar one-stop shop access to Skype, YouTube, Google Docs, Gmail, and other popular products used by consumers.   The OS also has a tab that launches Microsoft Windows XP when pressed -- other operating systems can also be launched.

It seems Cloud is better suited to complement an OS, not necessarily try and replace it.  Technologies such as Cloud could help force Microsoft to increase boot times of future versions of Windows and Internet Explorer, which some users have complained take too long.

During the Netbook World Summit conference, Good OS showed live demos of Cloud operating on a Gigabyte Touch-Screen netbook.

"We are excited to preview the Gigabyte Touch-Screen Netbook with Cloud and Windows together," a Good OS spokesperson said in a statement.  "With Cloud, Gigabyte Netbooks will power on to the Internet in seconds, while still supporting killer applications together with Windows XP."

Good OS will show off its latest operating system during the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas.  Gigabyte, the first of likely a few companies, will release the Cloud-powered netbook on Jan. 8.

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