Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 02:34 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Good OS, a company well-known for it gOS linux distribution and their $199 Walmart computers has announced a new OS called "Cloud". Good OS described their new Operating System in a press release "Cloud uniquely integrates a web browser with a compressed Linux operating system kernel for immediate access to Internet, integration of browser and rich client applications, and full control of the computer from inside the browser."
Order by: Score:
Just like splashtop
by binarymutant on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 03:40 UTC
binarymutant
Member since:
2008-11-11

Just like splashtop, I can't find any code or download links for this... :/
[edit] ack, maybe I'll find it next year ;) [/edit]

Edited 2008-12-02 03:42 UTC

Reply Score: 1

Chrome?
by OddFox on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 03:49 UTC
OddFox
Member since:
2005-10-05

Is it just me or is Google Chrome shown running on that thing? I mean, no doubt it's a mockup but did they manage to get it running and are waiting to let people know? Last I heard Chrome didn't run on Linux yet.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Chrome?
by sultanqasim on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:04 UTC in reply to "Chrome?"
sultanqasim Member since:
2006-10-28

After thoroughly reading that article, I realized that "Cloud OS" is just a web browser running on top of Microsoft Windows (NOT LINUX!). Even worse, it appears to be Google Chrome with a dock a the bottom of the screen! WTF?! You call this a new OS?

Reply Score: 4

RE[2]: Chrome?
by OddFox on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Chrome?"
OddFox Member since:
2005-10-05

Yeah taking another glance it seems like this comes with both Linux and Windows pre-installed, defaulting to a quick-loading Linux system for general web and internet usage and a switch to boot into Windows for Windows apps. Hmmm...

It's important to note however that it's talking about Cloud having a "beautifully designed browser", not Windows, so I dunno what they could be doing other than slapping a pretty skin on Firefox. It was mentioned elsewhere that there is an unofficial Chrome port but I wouldn't think it worth including since you lose the speed with Javascript that is Chromes strength. I must say this product seems rather disappointing, as it posits Cloud OS (Being the Linux-based portion) as a quick solution to getting online and doing simple things, offering Windows XP for "more powerful desktop applications". Somehow I doubt the hardware specs will allow for much more than what a Linux-based system can do just fine, I don't think people are going to be gaming or doing anything like audio/video editing.

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Chrome?
by Hussein on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 06:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Chrome?"
Hussein Member since:
2008-11-22

An official port of Google Chrome is slated for the first half of 2009.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Chrome?
by Hussein on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:25 UTC in reply to "Chrome?"
Hussein Member since:
2008-11-22

Chrome does run on GNU/Linux using Wine. Plus there is a unofficial port by Codeweavers.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Chrome?
by OddFox on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Chrome?"
OddFox Member since:
2005-10-05

Yeah but the unofficial port from Codeweavers incurs a significant performance penalty, making it less than ideal for its killer feature: V8.

Reply Score: 1

Boot to Browser
by Different on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 03:56 UTC
Different
Member since:
2007-07-03

This really reminded me of the BeOS that tried such similar concept called "Boot to browser". Let's hope this one fare better than BeOS

For truly Cloud computing experience perhaps they can include a RDP or Citrix client so that user can really run rich fat client Windows apps regardless of the client OS

You can also built your own cloud using ThinServer XP

http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm

Reply Score: 0

RE: Boot to Browser
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 12:49 UTC in reply to "Boot to Browser"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

This really reminded me of the BeOS that tried such similar concept called "Boot to browser". Let's hope this one fare better than BeOS


Quoi?

Reply Score: 3

RE: Boot to Browser
by Earl Colby pottinger on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 17:25 UTC in reply to "Boot to Browser"
Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

I have not idea what you are talking about. I have been using BeOS from 1999 and BeOS itself never had operated that way.

If you are about the Be_Appliance then that was just a few lines in the boot script that invoked the system browser NetPositive. But BeOS never ran inside a browser to my knowledge.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Boot to Browser
by jbettcher on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 23:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Boot to Browser"
jbettcher Member since:
2008-06-15

There was a shell that Be Inc. developed for BeOS that basically had the browser and everything integrated into the shell. It was for the BeAppliances. If you ever had the Beta Dan0 installed on your system they had the program in the System folder if I remember correctly.

I miss my old BeBox with das blinken lights.

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Boot to Browser
by Earl Colby pottinger on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 19:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Boot to Browser"
Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

You mean instead of invoking/running the browser after/during booting a regular BeOS, that they replaced Tracker with the browser?

Reply Score: 2

Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 08:21 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

"Cloud is my favorite gOS product yet," said David Liu, Founder and CEO of Good OS.

What, really? Well I never.


edit: Unicode, do you speak it?

Edited 2008-12-02 08:21 UTC

Reply Score: 1

RE: Comment by Kroc
by Adam S on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 15:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

edit: Unicode, do you speak it?


Unfortunately, no, we don't. Yet.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Comment by Kroc
by Munchkinguy on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 05:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Munchkinguy Member since:
2007-12-22

I want to give you a +1, but for some reason OSnews won't let me.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 09:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I'm pleased to say that I've been promoted to editor and hope to provide good service and articles. It's a shame if you can't moderate me, I feel I should always be held accountable for my comments, and moderated accordingly, lest I should feel like I can get away with crap comments which just riles up the userbase. That's certainly not my plan.

Reply Score: 2

v XFCE not that fast
by fernape on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 08:30 UTC
Comment by Nycran
by Nycran on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 11:49 UTC
Nycran
Member since:
2006-02-06

This is a cool idea. As I read it, Good OS will boot within seconds after turning the machine on. From within Good OS, you can use a get online and surf (possibly using Chrome but it might end up being Firefox) and use apps like Skype etc. When/if the need arises to use a Windows app, you then click a button on the UI and it boots Windows.

This is a very futuristic concept that is betting on the future going more and more towards the cloud computing ideal. The addition of Windows XP is a short term stopgap to satisfy the "but I need this windows app" crowd.

I have no idea what Good OS actually is, but you'd have to suspect some kind of Linux / Unix foundation, as there's just no way in hell any windows variant is going to boot in "seconds" and I don't think Chrome will be running on Amiga OS4 any time soon, though that would be heaven.

Edited 2008-12-02 11:49 UTC

Reply Score: 1

RE: Comment by Nycran
by Earl Colby pottinger on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 17:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nycran"
Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

You have got to be kidding, aside from the fact I can boot BeOS and get into NetPositive inside 25 seconds (and most of that time is the BIOS boot).

Any cleaned up Windows XP or Linux can also boot in seconds and invoke a browser.

The key work here is 'clean', once the user starts downloading stuff (notable anything that also tries to advertise) the system slows down.

The partitions will need to be locked down solid, downloads go elsewhere and the user boot into another partition to use the download material.

Reply Score: 2

Comment by Nycran
by Nycran on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 23:12 UTC
Nycran
Member since:
2006-02-06

Actually, I believe they are talking about booting in < 10 seconds, not in 30. To this day I have never seen a clean install of windows do that. The fastest boot I've ever seen is Xandros on the eee.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Comment by Nycran
by wanderingk88 on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 11:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nycran"
wanderingk88 Member since:
2008-06-26

I think (I'm merely speculating) the idea is to have some sort of flash ROM that boots into Linux in a matter of seconds, and then optionally boot into a hard-drive contained (why not SSD?) Windows XP system.

Kinda similar to what ASUS did with integrating a Linux-based OS within their motherboards' ROM.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Comment by Nycran
by makc on Fri 5th Dec 2008 00:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nycran"
makc Member since:
2006-01-11

I think it's more like "recover from standard hibernation image in seconds" ;)

Reply Score: 1

sounds like...
by niemau on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 04:59 UTC
niemau
Member since:
2007-06-28

sounds like splashtop to me.

well... a lot like splashtop except for that they seem to be positioning it as more of a general-purpose OS. splashtop has its limitations. inability (if i remember correctly) to download files, installing new software, etc. i wonder how 'cloud' compares, in that regard.

as far as i know, the only outfit really supporting good os is everex. what's their install base outside of gPC buyers? and, with cloud's similarity to splashtop, who are they really targeting? with asus's deep support of splashtop, can they really compete in the instant-on niche?

my guess is, they're going to try to peddle this to OEMs as a "me-too" alternative to splashtop. time shall tell.

Reply Score: 1