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gOS – Lightweight Ubuntu for Netbooks

15 Sep

 

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gOS or “good OS” is an operating system created by ‘Good OS LLC’, a Los Angeles-based corporation. The company initially advertised it as “An alternative OS with Google Apps and other Web 2.0 apps for the modern user.” The first version gOS was based on Ubuntu 7.10 and the Enlightenment window manager.

Based on the idea of cloud computing, all versions of gOS lean heavily on on-line applications built on Web 2.0 and AJAX technology so they also do not use much hard disk space for applications. The whole gOS-1 system fits comfortably in less than 2 GB of disk space. Also many of the documents created with gOS, such as Google Docs documents, can be saved on Google servers instead of on the local hard disk, so gOS can work with very small hard disks. In gOS V2 Rocket, Good OS introduced the use of Google’s “Google Gears” technology which promises to make Google’s web applications usable without an internet connection. Currently, Google Reader and Google Docs are the only supported Google applications. Read the rest of this entry »