gOS Cloud: A ‘Net’book Operating System Or Just An Instant On Environment

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Joanna Stern

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December 1, 2008 01:22 pm

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Straight out of the Netbook World Summit in Paris (unfortunately, we couldn’t attend), is an announcement of a new operating system. GOS the maker of the Linux OS on the Cloudbook, is debuting Cloud, a new open-source operating system that boots into a browser with Google, Yahoo and Windows Live within seconds. However, like Splashtop the OS can also be a pre-boot environment and users can optionally boot into a full Windows or Linux OS.

From the screenshots (see a better picture below), gOS Cloud features an full browser with a Mac OS like dock with shortcuts to favorite apps, tabs for multi-tasking between web and rich client apps, and icons to switch to Windows, power off, and perform other necessary system functions.

The new OS is being shown at the show on the Gigabyte M912 tablet netbook since the netbook will be preloaded with gOS Cloud and Windows XP together early next year.