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gOS "Rocket" brings many familiar features to the table, and some new ones

Look out Windows Vista and hot-selling Mac OS X Leopard -- a new OS is in town.  A new Linux distribution, gOS, produced by Good OS LLC and based on a Ubuntu 7.10 version, hit the market yesterday when it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The new OS has minimalistic system requirements of only 3 GB of space (of which the system itself uses less than 2 GB of), 128 MB of RAM, and a 400 MHz processor.  Recommended stats for a decently fast system are around 256 MB of RAM, a 1 GHz  Pentium III.

Walmart is gOS's major corporate backer.  Walmart carried Good OS-produced laptop Everex gPC with the previous version of gOS since November.  The bargain laptop carries a highly attractive price tag of $199, which makes it a viable EeePC alternative.  Good OS also offer several other g-line laptop models, available directly or from online retailers, including some slightly pricier models.

Good OS announced that it will refresh its entire laptop line in early 2008.

Good OS brings both old and new features to the table with the gOS.  The OS has a dock, which bears a bit of an uncanny resemblance to Apple's OS X dock, and is ironically dubbed the iBar.  The OS also offers an online storage drive via Box.net. 

Google is heavily represented in the OS and contributed a number of applications and utilities that enrich it.  Google Reader, Talk, and Finance shortcuts are provided on the desktop.  The device also utilizes "Google Gears" a new synchronization technology from Google that allows web applications to be used when offline.  Google also contributes an attractive search bar to the OS.

Simultaneous with the "Rocket" launch, Good OS released a new gOS compatible web camera dubbed gCam.  The device integrates with a built in web app from Good OS called gBooth.  The web cam includes special effects and gBooth allows it to be used to easily share photos online, on sites such as Facebook.  The gCam is manufactured by Good OS partner, Ezonics.

The gOS is available online immediately for free download, while the gCam is expected to retail at about $20.


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By EntreHoras on 1/8/2008 12:20:13 PM , Rating: 2
This G thing... wasn't Google's (gmail anyone)?
hmmm
Maybe the guys in Good OS has some affiliation with Google.
gOS = Google OS???




RE: G
By TomZ on 1/8/2008 12:24:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, google can't own the letter 'g.'


RE: G
By zombiexl on 1/8/2008 12:36:32 PM , Rating: 5
Not yet anyway.. Give them time, they will own it..


RE: G
By TMV192 on 1/8/2008 12:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
Apple already owns i, and Nokia owns N
why not?


RE: G
By sprockkets on 1/9/2008 10:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
No, Intel tried to own "i" and failed, as in tried to trademark it.

Remember the first iMac, which may have been the first major i product?

"Uh, does the i stand for internet?"

No, it stands for stupid albeit successful marketing. And since Apple was successful at it, we all now have to use it.


RE: G
By Zirconium on 1/8/2008 12:55:16 PM , Rating: 2
Sure they can. Google has more money than Apple, and they managed to secure the highly coveted lower-case "i," wrangling it away from such giants as Cisco. Also, Apple managed to buy an entire word composed of THREE letters: "pod."


RE: G
By mmntech on 1/8/2008 12:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
There seems to be some kind of partnership with Google due to the large amount of Google apps included. Check their features page. However, their legal statement says they're not affiliated with Google.

It looks like it has a nice, sleek interface. I'll have to install it on my Linux box at home when I get time.


RE: G
By damncrackmonkey on 1/9/2008 12:47:11 AM , Rating: 2
i like that this OS offers gStuff, iStuff, and stuff.NET -- i'm sure it's all part of some meaningful, sensible, well thought out naming scheme and not at all a ploy to capitalize on recognizable naming conventions currently employed by competitors


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