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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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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!

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