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Google operating system is here.

milivella [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, November 1, 2007
12 years ago5,530 views

I just wanted to be the first to write it here:
Google operating system is reality now!

It's not our beloved blog
googlesystem.blogspot.com/
;)
And it's not a Google official product.
But it's here.

Homepage (not much to see, at the moment):
thinkgos.com/

News about it:
news.google.com/news?ncl=11229 ...

...and Philipp should get the royalties for the name:
blogoscoped.com/archive/2004_0 ...
;)

milivella

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Let us know when it's really ready :)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Pchya! Really? Although the Ps job looks great I don't think so

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

So, how are you David Liu?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah this is the OS being sold on those $200 gPCs at Wal-Mart, right?

milivella [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

To DPic:

> Yeah this is the OS being sold on those $200 gPCs at Wal-Mart, right?

Right.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Interestingly, there is an iPod nano picture in the right corner. Can't see that going down well with Apple.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah, I noticed that too.

Jared Cherup [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

There's a Q&A in the lower right. Is that for the non-existent Google Answers?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'd say it's just "Help"

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Martin, that's not something new to linux

Man, you people really have to try Ubuntu!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

^^^I have, but installing stuff still freaks me out. I tried to install compizfusion (hadn't got7.10 ot this point) and it took forever. Then...nothing happened. I learned for myself a few weeks later that my Radeon 1300X wasn't supported. With linux, you have to look around forums and stuff to find all this info. And I never got flash to work.

By far the easies system to install stuff on is a mac

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]DPic
Won't run on my laptop and I'm in the process of clearing my second hard drive on my PC to dual boot it.

(Interesting Fact: My second HDD is labeled G: so I already have GDrive :D)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

HAHAHA, What about damn small linux! on your laptop, or Xubuntu

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ubuntu comes as a Live CD so that you can check that it runs on your hardware before you install it.

I run Fedora 7, but I recently switched my family to Ubuntu 7.10 with good results.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

>> Man, you people really have to try Ubuntu!

I have Ubuntu (haven't used it in about 6 months), but it reacted to my nVidia drivers so badly that I am forced into text mode and have to type commands (which I can't remember) to get graphics again. This happens every time I start Ubuntu and I couldn't find any help so I gave up on it.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Roger
Yeeaaahhh that's my point, my laptop won't load the Live CD

[put at-character here]James
Any idea what disadvantages there are to using Xubuntu (compared to Ubuntu/Win98)?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

from wikipedia article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/xubuntu

<<Ubuntu uses the GNOME Desktop Environment as well as GNOME applications. Xubuntu uses the Xfce desktop environment which, using fewer system resources, works better with older computers. Xubuntu also features primarily GTK+ applications that are designed to use fewer resources than their GNOME counterparts.>>

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

See also ubuntuforums.org/showthread.ph ...
tuxmagazine.com/node/1000205

Anyway, I'm not your maid! Google It!

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

OK when I can find a spare blank CD I think I'll try Xubuntu

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Site is live now, I might dl it!

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I read something about this some days ago, but it's justa linux with some links, isn't it?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yeah, they replaced the desktop apps with google apps

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You've just got to love the page the "Learn More" button takes you to :) and the Products, News, About, Support and Partners pages as well come to think of it.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Did anybody mention that it's not an official Google OS?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Everyone jst kinda...knew, wierd though

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's not official but it doesn't need to be. what else can we expect from google? they helped with the development.

Josue R. [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

the web 2.0 icons remind me of Mozilla's Prizm project on a Mac dock style interface.

justinf [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[Moved from "Google OS PC being sold by Walmart?" – Tony]

walmart.com/catalog/product.do ...

"It runs on the gOS operating system"

Google OS?????

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[Moved from "Google OS PC being sold by Walmart?" – Tony]

No, Green OS. The OS is meant to work on low-end computers and be browser focused

justinf [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

found this, with a screenshot:
blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=6817&am ...

unlike normal Ubuntu, this runs the Enlightenment window manager.

gOs found David Liu is quoted as saying:
"When you make Linux look pretty and put ton of Google apps on it, you pacify it for consumer. You could say gOS is Google inspired but not official stamped"

ah... so it's not an official Google OS.

justinf [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"but it reacted to my nVidia drivers so badly"

next time, try Envy...

albertomilone.com/nvidia_scrip ...

justinf [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

thinkgos.com is down at the moment (probably being Dugg/Reddited to death...)

Keith Chan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

O .. I was to dump to think it is official .. I like the layout though.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The site went down while I was downloading yesterday, now it's back but the download is a torrent, maybe too many peoplw were dl'ing?

Ben Allen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Torrents are better for distribution anyhow.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok guys! I downloaded and burned it and I'm using it right now! The windows are very like OSX with the buttons circular and on the left, only these ones are in 3 shades of green! The search box built into the desktop is cool and very useful, and I love the way It comes with firefox, so you don't have to use IE to get Firefox! Skyping my friends right now too!. The iPod icon was for Rythembox music player.

Speaking of the iconbar/dock, it doesn't show all the icons at once, when you go down to it and move your mouse to the right, the icons go left like a conveyer belt and more appear and some dissapear at the other end. Clicking the desktop brings up a menubar... the icons are nice aswell, all very...Googley!:D

When you search from the google box on the dektop it launches the search in a window which has "Webrunner" at the top, while Meebo, Gmail, Docs all launch in Firefox or another tab if you already have it open.

When you minimize a program it goes into the bottom right of the screen, alongside the dock which sticks to the bottom left. When you hover on menu onptions of programs they are coloured deep green whils the desktop ones are lime coloured, very relaxing and nice.

All in all, a surprisingly nice OS!
  

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Also, here is a screenshot


aycu04.webshots.com/image/3104 ...



The skype icon in the bottom right is a minimised chat

On a side note, with gimp you can sava as ascii art. Cool!

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]James haha Hi James!

"Can I play DVDs or mp3s with the gOS?

Out of the box, the gPC and other future gOS products will play DVDs and mp3s. In this free, downloadable version, the gOS will not include codecs for these proprietary formats."

Does this mean that the gOS could have a proprietary version in the future?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<<Google Maps(Maps)
Google news(news)>>

lolz! Isn't it funny, how nowadays more people have internet access than an office suite installed :D

Andrew Furzer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I blame those pesky PC manufacturers, bundled software and limited or no CDs.

You by the hardware cheap then you only get the basic OS and have to pay big bucks to get it to do anything useful.

Where the internet software CD comes free on magazines the users are gonna try it for sure.

Maybe the office suite dudes are missing a trick ? :-)

As for restore CDs just don't get me started!!!!

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

nytimes.com/2007/11/01/technol ...

I love the following quote:

<< What makes it stand out, however, is GOS, a version of Linux specially made to run Google applications like GMail and Google Documents. It also runs OpenOffice, an open-source office suite that can handle Microsoft Word documents, and some multimedia applications. >>

So this computer is using a Browser for most of its applications, so its useless without a net connection.

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