Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Nov 2007 15:45 UTC
Linux Linux.com takes a look at gOS. They conclude: "I really liked gOS. It's a cute little system with lots of functionality and great looks. It works well and is fast and stable on my laptop. It should work on any computer that any other Linux supports. Enlightenment is an impressive desktop environment, and the iBar is a low-overhead way to blend cool effects with needed functionality. I think users will like it."
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many gOS screenies
by lqsh on Sun 18th Nov 2007 16:38 UTC
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RE: many gOS screenies
by Adurbe on Sun 18th Nov 2007 18:18 UTC in reply to "many gOS screenies"
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2005-07-06

a linux review without screenshots! a breath of fresh air in some ways :-)

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RE[2]: many gOS screenies
by buff on Sun 18th Nov 2007 18:32 UTC in reply to "RE: many gOS screenies"
buff Member since:
2005-11-12

Aww, come on, people love eye candy and you know it. People want to see what makes it different.

I checked out the screenshots and I saw Enlightenment running with a green theme with a Debian base of applications. In the corner there is a Google search widget. Your typical Mac clone dock launcher (iBar) for applications. The Google application icons open the browser and load the correct URL, simply revolutionary.

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RE[3]: many gOS screenies
by Moulinneuf on Mon 19th Nov 2007 05:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: many gOS screenies"
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2005-07-06

"Your typical Mac clone dock launcher (iBar) for applications. "

I don't get why people say such a thing , GNU/Linux as had launcher bar for application on it's desktop long before Mac OS X came out in 2001 and they had them before Next too ...

That's why Apple enforce it's theme but don't have a patent on dock launcher bar.

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RE[4]: many gOS screenies
by merkoth on Mon 19th Nov 2007 05:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: many gOS screenies"
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2006-09-22

No.

Dock != launch bar. Thom has a nice article about the topic: http://www4.osnews.com/story/18941/Common_Usability_Terms_pt._VI:_t...

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RE[5]: many gOS screenies
by Moulinneuf on Mon 19th Nov 2007 07:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: many gOS screenies"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"No."

Your saying NO , that Apple was the first to have it and yet you point to an article that say otherwise ...

The answer is yes ... Apple was not the first and yes it had been for almost a decade in GNU/Linux.

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RE[4]: many gOS screenies
by Johann Chua on Mon 19th Nov 2007 06:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: many gOS screenies"
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2005-07-22

Linux wasn't even around when Next first released their OS.

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v RE[5]: many gOS screenies
by Moulinneuf on Mon 19th Nov 2007 07:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: many gOS screenies"
RE[4]: many gOS screenies
by WereCatf on Mon 19th Nov 2007 07:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: many gOS screenies"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I don't get why people say such a thing , GNU/Linux as had launcher bar for application on it's desktop long before Mac OS X came out in 2001 and they had them before Next too ...

You do understand that people say such a thing because the Mac dock is on EVERY Mac OSX installation by default whereas under Linux it sure is possible to add one...but is it default? Nope. The dock defines OSX whereas that doesn't fit with Linux. That's the reason people say such things. It has nothing to do with who invented it. Just think about the sentence "a flag with stripes and lots of stars"...What does that remind you of? Most likely the flag of the United States. Why? Because that's the most well-known example of such a flag even though there probably has been hundreds of flags that fit that definition long before.

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v RE[5]: many gOS screenies
by Moulinneuf on Mon 19th Nov 2007 08:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: many gOS screenies"
RE[6]: many gOS screenies
by WereCatf on Mon 19th Nov 2007 09:36 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: many gOS screenies"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Wtf are you even talking about? :O

First of all: False , it's default ... It's not setup like Apple own version all the time do.

Which distros do ship with a dock by default? Dock is not the same thing as the panel on top or bottom of the screen..gOS sure does ship with a dock, but is it the default in Fedora? SuSE? Ubuntu? PCLOS? Heck, is it by default on ANY of the big Linux distros? Nope.

Second: "The dock defines OSX whereas that doesn't fit with Linux. "

The Dock don't define anything ... Yes it fit in GNU/Linux otherwise it would not be included or working ...


I wasn't talking about docks working or not under Linux, I said OSX is defined by it's dock and Linux isn't.


"It has nothing to do with who invented it."

It is a deformation of reality tru false publicity , myth and urban legend.


The original poster never claimed Apple has invented the idea of a dock. As such, he/she was never lying or spreading any sort of false publicity.


"a flag with stripes and lots of stars"

You just described most recent country flags ...

"What does that remind you of?"

Nothing in particular ... It's missing colors for defining ...


"Recent" means something that has happened/been not long ago. It doesn't mean a quantity.. And heck, I didn't mention any colors or further details exactly because I was trying to make a point that when someone knows only part of the details he/she will of course talk about those and not give a specific description of the subject at hand..You completely misunderstood the whole point behind my whole post >_<


"Most likely the flag of the United States. "

If you got limited education on flags , and live in the US , probably ... otherwise without colors depending on the location of the individual asked you will get a lot of answers ...


I happen to live in Finland and when I think about a flag with lots of stars and stripes the US flag is the first one to come to my mind.

"Because that's ... long before."

No that's because in the US there are normally no other options , due to lack of education ... Otherwise change the country and the origin of the people asked and you got a broader range of answers.


Again..I said that's THE MOST WELL-KNOWN ONE! Atleast around here! And I never said it's the only flag matching that description... Please try to read other people's posts BEFORE you post... -.-

I never bought into the idea that because idiot say it in such a way your suppose to say it is such

Oh, and you should watch your language.. Calling someone an idiot is against this site's rules, especially when you don't even know the other person.

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v RE[7]: many gOS screenies
by Moulinneuf on Mon 19th Nov 2007 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: many gOS screenies"
RE[4]: many gOS screenies
by gfx1 on Mon 19th Nov 2007 11:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: many gOS screenies"
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2006-01-20

Next came out in 1988 and had a dock, the Amiga had a shareware or public domain version. Linux didn't even had a working GUI in those days... A bit strange because X appears to be from the stoneage.

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RE[5]: many gOS screenies
by dusanyu on Mon 19th Nov 2007 22:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: many gOS screenies"
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2006-01-21

Linux Did not Exist in 1988. Linux became publicly available 1991 Aug 29.
http://www.linux.org/people/linus_post.html

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RE[6]: many gOS screenies
by lemur2 on Tue 20th Nov 2007 00:32 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: many gOS screenies"
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2007-02-17

Linux Did not Exist in 1988. Linux became publicly available 1991 Aug 29.


Not only that, but Linux is a kernel ... it doesn't have a GUI or a desktop even to this day.

No free software desktop was available until about 1997 with GNOME, according to GNU history:
http://www.gnu.org/gnu/thegnuproject.html

Read the section about "Non-free libraries".

KDE disn't become free software (because of its Qt dependency) until about 2000.

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RE: many gOS screenies
by hobgoblin on Sun 18th Nov 2007 20:49 UTC in reply to "many gOS screenies"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

well damn, makes me want to install Enlightenment on my box here and have a play around ;)

this is a web terminal in a can in many ways, but imo thats perfect for many people. that and a game console and they should be covered.

and if they want to do video, audio or photo editing in a semi-pro way, they could just as well get a mac...

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GOS!
by RedIcculus on Sun 18th Nov 2007 19:58 UTC
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2005-08-09

This release is perty and lightweight. I wish they would make more at Wal-Mart! I would totally pick one up.

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Refreshing concept
by dada1958 on Sun 18th Nov 2007 22:37 UTC
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2007-08-30

I downloaded the ISO and I played with gOS on a virtual box. I like it a lot and the Walmart pc seems to be one of the first successful Linux machine for the masses ...

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Looks good
by Joe User on Mon 19th Nov 2007 03:15 UTC
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2005-06-29

I have to say it looks good, but it's not for me, I prefer desktop applications. The exception is Gmail, but I don't use Google Docs, Facebook and all that stuff. I'm an old pop.

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RE: Looks good
by Morgan on Mon 19th Nov 2007 04:20 UTC in reply to "Looks good"
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2005-06-29

I'm not sure why you are getting modded down, you have an opinion based on your personal preference and that's fine. It's not for me either; I tried it out as a live CD and honestly there's nothing there that can't be done with Ubuntu, E17 and a few hours of tweaking.

It's nice to know that there is a company trying to bring Linux to the masses, and for that I am excited about this project. gOS won't be the OS of choice for me personally, though I can see it being popular with "switchers" just as Ubuntu has been. This would also be an excellent child's computer, since it won't get infected with crapware and is simple and pleasing to the eye.

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RE[2]: Looks good
by merkoth on Mon 19th Nov 2007 05:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Looks good"
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

I'm not sure why you are getting modded down, you have an opinion based on your personal preference and that's fine. It's not for me either; I tried it out as a live CD and honestly there's nothing there that can't be done with Ubuntu, E17 and a few hours of tweaking.


An that, my friend, is the whole point: this doesn't require a few hours of tweaking ;) Besides gmail, I don't really use many online apps, but this computer delivers what promises: an affordable and easy to use internet-ready system for everyone.

And Joe User was probably being modded down mostly because two reasons:

1) You don't have to digg much OSNews to see that he tends to participate a bit too much on linux-related threads, ever after saying a gazillion times how happy he is with windows and how far we are from a desktop-ready GNU/Linux.

2) Most linux fanboys will just mod him down for the avatar.

Granted, those are two really stupid reasons to mod someone down, but you get used after spending some time here. Heck, I'm probably going to be modded down just for saying "fanboys" ;)

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RE[3]: Looks good
by Morgan on Mon 19th Nov 2007 07:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks good"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well I've been around OSNews for quite some time, long before the rating system and threaded discussions actually, but I don't let someone's past actions dictate how I feel about a particular post in a particular thread. He made a valid point and I qualified it.

And you're right, gOS does what it does so you don't have to with Ubuntu or any other base distro, and that is one of the beauties of open source software. As I said I salute their efforts to bring Linux into the mainstream. I think it's a perfect OS for that goal; the only thing better in my mind will be when Haiku finally has a release.

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v RE[3]: Looks good
by Joe User on Mon 19th Nov 2007 22:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks good"
Internet OS for the masses !
by Different on Mon 19th Nov 2007 04:18 UTC
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2007-07-03

This has the potential to be the Internet OS for the masses !

Consumer require an easy to learn, user friendly OS to get on the Net that supports all the web standards

If gOS can deliver on that, it will have a bright future ;)

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gOS
by Moloch on Mon 19th Nov 2007 09:46 UTC
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2005-07-06

I wanted to try this little distro, just for the fun and beeing curious of this E desktop...

I was really disappointed.
- the french azerty layout keyboad wasn't configured even after beeing selected in the boot sequence
- I found the Desktop...ugly... (Nvidia 1027*768) on my laptop.

The overall feeling is an "playmobyl-playschool" desktop...

Then I put an elive livecdrom and booted on it and had a nice E17 experience.

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Mozilla Prism browser in gOS
by buff on Mon 19th Nov 2007 13:01 UTC
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2005-11-12

The Google web applications that gOS launches open in Firefox while the desktop search function opens in Mozilla Prism. Prism is a 'distraction free' browser, in other words, a simple HTML rendering window. I use it to open Gmail and Google Calendar. It uses about 28 MB running under XFCE. You can try out Prism here:
http://wiki.mozilla.org/WebRunner

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gOS is headed in the right direction
by whittmadden on Mon 19th Nov 2007 16:01 UTC
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2007-10-08

You have to remember that gOS is still alpha software. The developers are hard at work, and are very receptive to the user's reponse so far, and are working hard on getting things perfected in the next release. I've been playing around with the gOS, first under an existing Ubuntu installation, and then I installed the actual gOS on another system. I had a much better experience installing it on a pre-existing Ubuntu installation. There is still work to be done, and I think the biggest thing would be to work on a file manager that doesn't crash constantly. I found the default file manager unusable, and whenever I browse my mp3 collection or pictures folder, the folder would close. I installed Thunar, and it worked a lot better. Copy and paste is another area that needs work as well.

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What's the big deal?
by cmost on Mon 19th Nov 2007 23:29 UTC
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2006-07-16

I don't know why everyone is making such a big to do about gOS. It's just another Ubuntu distribution all dressed up in Google goodness. And, it's green. Besides being slightly innovative by using Google's myriad of online applications as system defaults and being on an ultra cheap Wal-Mart PC, there's not a lot about it that's exciting. Maybe people are working themselves into a tizzy because they believe that Google is about to mount a challenge against Microsoft. I doubt it. Google is already an active contributer to open source and its online applications and tools have been around for awhile now already. This is nothing more than a prettier, lighter Ubuntu. Am I missing something?

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v RE: What's the big deal?
by Joe User on Tue 20th Nov 2007 10:41 UTC in reply to "What's the big deal?"
RE[2]: What's the big deal?
by steampoweredlawn on Wed 21st Nov 2007 03:15 UTC in reply to "RE: What's the big deal?"
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2006-09-27

Why would Google buy Canonical (I assume that's what you meant)? The code is freely available, they can fork it or any other distro and create one of their own if they so choose.

FWIW, Google does use Linux for thier own operations. Rather high profile company to be trusting their data to an unfinished, inferior quality system.

http://www.techworld.com/opsys/features/index.cfm?featureid=467
"Google has its own GFS - Google File System... It has implemented this on several very large clusters of Linux machines spread across the globe in data centres."

Edited 2007-11-21 03:29

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