GOS 3 is Still the Best Linux OS

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A few months back I wrote a review about gOS on one of my blogs which received some raving reviews. I did not just review it, but decided to start using it as my default Linux desktop. So here is what I think after a month of using it as a default desktop.

I am currently running gOS Gadgets 3.x on my system with 2GB (corrected)ย ย of memory on a 1.8GHz Core2Duo Intel Processor. The laptop has 250GB of hard disk space partitioned into three separate drives.

gOS is not just another Linux distribution, but probably one of the best available in the market. It is so simple to use that I have had requests by lots of my non-geeky friends to get it installed on their systems as an alternative to Windows. And yes, I have complied.

gOS is a Debian Linux powered by Ubuntu. Which in simple English means that it is supported by one of the leading vendors of Linux, namely Ubuntu. Hence, the OS under the hood is supported by Ubuntu’s LTS 8.4.x as of today. Since Ubuntu will support this version till 2011, therefore, users can expect to get automatic updates to not only applications but the OS itself without any worries or hassles. Therefore, all gOS users are in safe hands.

gOS has so far had no issues in running any of my DVDs and Music CDs. I did have to download some codecs to make it work smoothly. Which in gOS is pretty easy. The codecs are easy to select and download through ADD REMOVE APPLICATIONS service in the main menu. In fact, I used this simple utility to get many fun and wonderful games, office and internet apps installed without needing to go to any website. Best of all, if we use this feature, then the system will automatically track updates and new releases and will install it on the system on a regular basis.

I have installed my usual set of applications with this release and so far all of them work very well. The Ubuntu synaptic package manager has been really helpful in finding some obscure applications. I have always found what I am looking for through that thus never needing to go online and downloading any package manually. Ubuntu supports over 18,000 applications through its Synaptic Package Manager (by default) thus giving its users easy access to a host of wonderful applications.

Another critical support provided by default is Google gadgets. This feature is standard on Windows platform but gOS has now made it possible for its users to get access to hundred of thousands of widgets and gadgets written for the desktop environment. This is an important feature for me as it not only helps me personalize Linux and makes it extremely user friendly.

Another pleasant surprise was the ease with which I was able to hookup my iPod to the machine. It shows up as an external hard disk, whereby I have to manually move my files back and forth, but in short it lets me sync my machine without any hassles. Which is great.

Another wonderful feature supported by default is Wine. This little application allows windows applications to run smoothly in Linux. Applications like Google Earth, Picasa use Wine to run smoothly on the system. Hence, if you have a peculiar application that only runs on Windows, try running it here using Wine. You might be surprised at its ease and success.

The WiFi support is also standard as is with most Linux distributions today. I have been able to easily and quickly connect to any network out there without any hassles or issues. Thus making it extremely easy and portable to take around.

Another little feature to which I am now hooked is Prism. This little utility lets web applications run on the system as if they were desktop applications. I am now so hooked onto it that I use it as standard for my mail, calendar and online documents among other applications. I now no need to open browsers, type in my password to check my emails. I just click on an icon on my desktop, and viola, I am automatically taken to my webmail in an instant. gOS has built in Prism application for all Google products including Blogger, Youtube, Gmail, Google docs and calendar among others. Hence, one can start enjoying the web world from their desktop instantly.

gOS is an easy system to install. In fact, even a non-techie can do it as most of the tasks (including disk partitions) is automatic. Therefore, a home user can install it too. It will take no more than half hour to go through the whole process. And another half hour (depending on your internet speed) for the system to update itself automatically from the server.

Since gOS like other Linux offerings is extremely light and fast. I have tested it on systems with 1GHz processor speed and 256MB of memory. So far the results are stunning. While MS-Vista will probably choke on such configuration and Windows XP will limp along, gOS runs like a maverick. It has great support for legacy hardware as well, therefore, I did not need to find drivers for various devices. At most I needed to poke into Synaptic Package Manager to install any missing driver.

Another big surprise to me was the printer support. It was literally plug and play. As soon as I plugged in my HP laser printer and HP 4 in one officejet and viola, it was automatically installed within moments,I was able to start printing without needing to install any drivers or any custom software application. I was not sure if it would do scanning, but Xane Scanning utility that comes standard with gOS had no issues scanning my documents.

Since gOS looks like a MacOS-X desktop, I get lots of my friends to inquire if I found a way to run Mac on my Toshiba laptop. I always smile back saying, I am running something better. Give it a try and you will know what I am talking about. For more information, please visit gOS official website at http://www.thinkgos.com.

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13 Responses to GOS 3 is Still the Best Linux OS

  1. CJ says:

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  2. rbhkamal says:

    Easy of use is one of the things I like to see in Linux… I’m getting tired of my fedora 10 bugs.. I will definitely give it a try. hopefully before school starts again.

    One question: Do you think it would be wise to use it at work (winBIND/Kerberos authentication)?

  3. Adrian says:

    2GHz of memory? Why isn’t then the processor frequency calculated in megabytes? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. spo00n says:

    It’s has a great theme, but it’s never been a very “good” distro. 3.0 & 3.1 have compiz broken “out of the box.” Their whole thing is eye candy & they haven’t fixed it. gOS is Unremarkable. All past versions have all been pretty unstable & not upgradeable. Remember the CLoudbook & wal-mart PCs w/ their really bad OS? That was gOS.
    The current versions, according to gOS are Ubuntu, no LXDE or anything, + google gadgets (gnome already has desklets –same thing) + broken compiz and a dock.
    It’s no better than equivalent Ubuntu-based distros like Linux Mint. If anything, it’s worse.

  5. Sid says:

    GOS 3.0 excels in the looks department. I agree with many of your points. Its a well dressed up Ubuntu. I prefer GOS to Ubuntu. I only wish they also release a KDE version with KDE 4.

  6. dontodd says:

    +1 @spo00n; I tried it and was not impressed. I had to read this review to see if I had just missed something obvious.

  7. truthbetold says:

    Uhhhh, I think you mean 2 gigabytes of memory instead of 2 GHZ.

  8. pointyblue says:

    It’s “voila”, not “viola”.


  9. saveryquinn says:

    Also, as a third-party developed distro, gOS is not supported by Ubuntu. This is one of many third-party respins of the core Ubuntu distro. The folks at Canonical have no say in the development of gOS, nor do they offer long-term support.

  10. Nick says:

    “gOS is a Debian Linux powered by Ubuntu.”

    What does that even mean? A debian linux powered by ubuntu means nothing and doesn’t even make sense Ubuntu is based on Debian, gOS is based on Ubuntu so indirectly you could say it is based on debian. But you can’t say whatever it is you were attempting to say

  11. Mike says:

    “And yes, I have complied”

    com-plyed? or compiled?

  12. John says:

    I agree with you. It’s still the best Linux OS. Compared to Ubuntu, it’s even faster and the interface is really good.

  13. venba says:

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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