gos logoAs it comes from official site, gOS is alternative OS with for the masses. Actually it’s open source operating system that is based on Linux kernel and would be built to include Google Apps..

gos screenshot

Wikipedia describes gOS as a Linux distribution created by gOS LLC, a Los Angeles-based corporation. The company advertises it as “An alternative OS with Google Apps and other Web 2.0 apps for the masses.”.

gOS is based on the Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) distribution and uses the Enlightenment 17 window manager to lower memory and speed requirements. It first appeared as preinstalled OS on the Everex Green gPC TC2502 sold at Wal-Mart. Primary feature is its usage of a Mac-like Dock featuring icons linking to various web applications such as Google Docs, Wikipedia, and Gmail, as well as local applications such as GIMP and Skype.

Live CD ISO image is already here
You may also wonder where to ask questions regarding gOS, here is Official Forum. 😀




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  3. November 2, 2007  6:50 pm by Konrad Reply

    Yeah I saw this, it looks quite interesting. I had a look at what desktop manager is powering it and it turns out to be enlightment (E17 probably). This looks like quite a promising manager as it combines both a minimalistic approach with lots of nice features like gadgets etc. It is a bit of a chore to install as you have to do it from the source and recomplie. What complicates things is that it has been a bit of time since the last release and some of the dependancies the scripts rely on have either been upgraded / changed in name or broken.

    I am throwing together something on my website about this. :)

  4. November 3, 2007  2:55 am by Ross Reply

    It's not bad. Fairly speedy, but (imo) probably a bit confusing for anyone coming from Windows. The single-click-on-desktop menu takes getting used to (tho I'm sure it can be disabled). Comes with everything you'd need tho, full Open Office suite, media player (rhythmbox) etc. Exactly as they imply, it sure is Google integrated.

  5. November 3, 2007  11:20 am by Ejes Reply

    I also enjoy that the gOS people have a $60 development kit :)

  6. November 5, 2007  9:38 pm by Konrad Reply

    Ejes, whats this about a dev kit?

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