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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 

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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As good as this sounds..
By JoshuaBuss on 1/8/2008 12:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
It kinda seems like a step backward considering Ubuntu already offers all this.. it's sad to see otherwise good projects splintering even further when what linux really needs is amalgamation..

RE: As good as this sounds..
By Master Kenobi on 1/8/2008 12:47:03 PM , Rating: 4
True enough. If Linux would unite under one distro and throw all of their efforts behind it, they could be a strong force against Windows and OSX, but as it stands there are simply too many flavors and variations leaving them scattered and easy to step on. They think of it as freedom of choice but one needs to understand in a market as large as the Computer market, people can't be given too many choice lest they become confused and out of that comes even more problems.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By diego10arg on 1/8/2008 1:12:55 PM , Rating: 3
I think the same way like you, there should be no more than 4 versions like "Media", "Office", "Server" and "All-In-One" or something like that. It would improve the whole product.

I am downloading it right now to see if this could be a good option maybe for small companies or even my mother's computer ;)

RE: As good as this sounds..
By JoshuaBuss on 1/8/08, Rating: 0
RE: As good as this sounds..
By SilentSin on 1/8/2008 4:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, yes it is. But in order to be a mainstream OS, especially one being sold out of a friggin walmart--if only I had a nickel for everytime I walked through a walmart and was overwhelmed by the thought that I was surrounded by superior intelligence--this thing has to actually do just the opposite. The only thing it must do is run a few baseline required applications and have a big yellow sticker on it with the support desk hotline for when they want to know why their new computer won't run the latest version of BuckHunter for PC.

All stereotypes aside, you do make some really good points and they are thoughts I've seen elsewhere around the 'net too. Looks like those marketers are really earning that cash by doing in-depth customer analyses. If these companies sold to specific segments instead of trying to cross-pollinate and create this frankenware that are jacks of all trades, masters of none then there could be as much as 64% less consumer confusion (statistics gathered from market research firms). Most people don't use half the crap their OS comes installed with, so give them the option of not having to install it upfront instead of being so kind and generous as to allow them to uninstall it after the fact and after they've had to read a tech tutorial on how to do so. I've long yearned for the day when I can say goodbye to Windows on my own desktop and it looks like it's getting close but there's still a ways to go.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By Operandi on 1/9/2008 1:46:53 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with Linux is there is no default. You can walk up to any Mac or PC and essentially know what you are going to get, you can't say the same for Linux.

Customized distributions are fine for power users but there should be a basic default that should serve the average user and provide a universally familiar experience.

This has always been a problem for Linux and until it's addressed it's always going to remain a fringe OS.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By JoshuaBuss on 1/8/2008 1:28:39 PM , Rating: 3
I think the fact that dell and walmart alone now offer different distros with their PCs is going to be a nightmare in terms of consumer linux confusion

especially considering gOS is an ubuntu derivative.. most people have a hard enough time understanding that OSX and windows are completely different, let alone the confusing nature of 'distros'...

i can hear people already asking "well why isn't this ubuntu like dell offers? what's missing? what's the difference? if it's almost the same, why is the name different?" etc etc etc...

RE: As good as this sounds..
By TomZ on 1/8/2008 1:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
I agree - consumers that figure out that "Linux is not Linux" are going to avoid it like the plague.

And I agree with the theme here in general that the splintering of Linux, while great for tech-geeks, is what will for a long time be an impediment for large-scale acceptance by consumers.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By imaheadcase on 1/9/2008 1:54:43 AM , Rating: 2
These do NOT sell well at wal-mart. I have sold maybe a dozen of them, all but a couple have far.
Never mind the fact they are hardly in stock. We go a few months at a time without one.

It is just to confusing for the average customer. How do you tell a customer "The Orange Box" won't play on the system they are buying for kids? I look at the claims tickets on the returns of these..its retarded why they are returned, you know the computer is fine, its just the customer can't deal with it.
1. Won't burn CDs. (can't figure it out im sure)
2. Can't surf internet. (wow, simply wow)
3. Won't install programs. (you guessed it, computer games)

Sure we get those returns on other brands every now and then, but not everyone sold!

RE: As good as this sounds..
By BrownJohn on 1/8/2008 2:45:36 PM , Rating: 4
but that is what's so great about Linux. Linux doesn't need to win anything. It doesn't need to become the major OS for consumers. Linux is nice because there is so much choice. If the choice was taken away from Linux, in some sense in would cease to be Linux.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By diego10arg on 1/8/2008 3:31:56 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, you might be right about that. Maybe what is missing is a huge company (like Google) to start with a Good distro and maintain it over the time.

I think not everyone knows what Fedora, SUSE, Ubuntu, etc are. However, for some reason, almost 1/3 of the world (my calculation) may know what Google is, and may know what Google's Operative System is and means.

That would be an earthquake for the whole industry, if it's done in the way it has to be. Google's Style ;)

RE: As good as this sounds..
By bhieb on 1/8/2008 5:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
What style is that random ads all over my pc. Yes tastefully done, but ads none the less. Or can you imagine what kind of data mining would be done for market research that Google swears "does not contain personal info". I love Google, but and ad funded OS would be a big No No.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By oab on 1/8/2008 6:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
Why does it HAVE to be ad funded? It doesn't need to be. It can be free (as in beer) with bundled linux ports of existing programs. Ie: Picasa, google toolbar for firefox, google desktop search type things.

Google internally uses a Gos. It's a highly custom version of red-hat.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By Ringold on 1/9/2008 11:37:53 AM , Rating: 2
Whenever I hear the "free as in beer" thing I can't help but immediately wonder what bar you guys know of that I don't.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By Crystalysis on 1/10/2008 1:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
Oh dear God! Google already controls the universe. Next stop: Google OS. :)

RE: As good as this sounds..
By thartist on 1/8/2008 5:31:47 PM , Rating: 1
yes, it is sooo good that is killing it at the same time.

don't tell me that it is not trying to get higher or that linux users and sites don't RUSH WET whenever statistics says that their share grows... ha...

RE: As good as this sounds..
By JoshuaBuss on 1/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: As good as this sounds..
By eman7613 on 1/8/2008 11:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
Thats rather foolish, much of linux, if not most of it, is under GPL. Everyone can get the source code, build their won version, edit as they like, so long as they then publish their source. Thats the point, "Free as in freedom" not "free as in beer." Trying to take the different flavours and options out of linux would leave you with a blank CD. Thats also their advantage, and part of why linux is dominant in the server market.

RE: As good as this sounds..
By FITCamaro on 1/8/2008 2:40:45 PM , Rating: 1
Well said. I honestly think Linux would have a shot if work was done just on one. Have a barebones version for those who want to custom tailor it.

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