The current version of gOS, named Google Gadgets, ups the ante with new delights. It runs Gnome and uses the Avant Windows Navigator (AWN) to achieve stylish, modern looks. It also boasts great compatibility with low-end netbooks, and brings in a slew of new programs, including WINE, Picasa – and naturally – Google Gadgets.
Before I get into this review let me be clear that gOS is not “Google OS.” It is not put out by Google so nobody should be confused by its name. gOS stands for “Good OS” though it does contain a lot of links to Google Web apps, Google Gadgets, and the option to add Google Gears is found on its app menu list.
A few months ago Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, called upon open source developers to surpass Apple and their wonderful MacOS-X based user experience. Well, gOS release 3 could be close to doing just that. They have taken the best of Mac OS-X and Linux to a level that the user experience of using it is, well, exceptional!
For this review we are using gOS Space. And the first thing we noticed was the very easy and user-friendly interface. But let’s rewind to the installation. First the only Desktop Environment that is offered is Gnome, which we here at InaTux do not prefer (especially since the release of KDE 4.1) but we can (like many Linux users) bare to use anything Desktop Environment (among other things.)
This weekend I decided to take the Linux distribution known as gOS 3.0 beta for a spin. The gOS is an Ubuntu 8.04.1 derivative that shows some promise with its integration of Web applications. Although they are not affilated with Google, gOS has incorporated many Google online tools into their desktop.
Many people still question whether Linux will ever make it fully into mainstream computer acceptance. A $199 computer now available on a major superstore’s shelves just in time for Christmas might change all that. Anyone who wants a computer to just to send email and instant messages and watch YouTube videos should like the Everex gPC, which is powered by a nifty Linux distribution called gOS.