Monday, January 21, 2008

gOS Rocket - First Impressions

I finally managed to download live CD of gOS-2.0 Rocket yesterday. I just ran the live CD to get first impressions of the new gOS Rocket. I list some of the features I could observe during my 30 minutes stay with the live CD.
  • gOS desktop appears stunning similar to a Mac, better than other linux distros.
  • As I already doubted in my previous blog, Google applications are not preinstalled. Just the icons are there in desktop. Clicking the icons, would take one to Google homepage through Firefox.
  • Almost all applications required for everyday use such as Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, Gimp, CD/DVD burner, Music/ Video players (Rhythmbox, Xine) are pre-installed.
  • Synaptic package manager can be used to install other free applications like Tetex, mplayer, gedit, emacs etc through internet.
  • Performance-wise, gOS is very fast even while running from live CD which may be attributed to the light-weight window manager called Enlightenment.
  • Installation procedure is same as that of Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.
On the whole, in my opinion, gOS is quite suited to any desktop/laptop user working with internet most of the times. In other words, any managerial person would love to have gOS to be with him/her. Almost all everyday job can be performed very easily by even a beginner in Linux. Hard-core Linux fans (also Linux geeks) who are already working with some other popular Linux Distro such as Ubuntu, Suse, Fedora etc may not appreciate gOS that much.


Jayakumar Balasubramanian said...

Interesting post Jambu!

Its nice to know that Linux is moving to 'application-centric' rather than 'system-centric', where they are giving importance to normal users apart from Geeks. In fact this was the major paradigm shift required for Linux developers to think in the "Windows/Mac" way.

I haven't tried gOS as my laptop has crashed as of now. Will try this out once it becomes fine.

Shanmuga said...

Yes Anna..
I suppose gOS is being developed to compete with MacOS Leopard. This just augurs well for the open source community and poses greater challenges for Windows, Mac and even Redhat/Suse enterprise Linux. We need to wait and watch as this whole scenario unfolds in near future.