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.

2 comments:

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.