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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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gOS walsmart?
By roadrun777 on 1/8/2008 7:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
So you are saying the typical Walmart consumer can't read? Why would they buy a device that basically requires them to read a lot to be used?
It king of reminds of that movie where they say "build it and they will come". Generally if Walmart throws their weight behind something, it will attract more developers and money.

I have always wanted a distro that just "worked" out of the box (or the download), but to my dismay I have had to search forums and do very complicated things to get distros working as well as my windows 2000 box does and even then, one update kills all that hard work. Then you think, why am I recompiling entire distros and modifying source code, and trying to reverse learn source code that has no documentation and unresponsive authors when I can just install this operating system here (holds up CD A) and it works perfectly?
If I can't have an OS that works right out of the box, and has its permissions and folders set right, then the time spent getting past these show stopping problems (like no network support, or wireless interfaces), is time taken away from real customization I could be doing, as now I am forced to make up for developer slack.




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