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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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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. :)


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