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gOS and Gigabyte to launch Cloud netbook

gOS and Gigabyte to launch Cloud netbook

The new touchscreen netbooks from Gigabyte will offer gOS's Cloud operating system alongside Windows XP.

If the Google Phone – a.k.a. the Android-running HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 – wasn't enough for you, rejoice in the news that Gigabyte is set to release netbooks featuring the Google-themed 'Cloud' from gOS.

The Linux-based operating system – heavily influenced by Google's work and featuring none-too-subtle branding, but actually standing for Good OS rather than Google OS – is due to turn up pre-installed along with Windows on a new range of touchscreen-enabled netbooks from Gigabyte, according to Engadget.

Cloud, as its name suggests, is a lightweight fast-boot Linux variant that pulls applications from the 'net rather than having them installed locally. With access to Skype, YouTube, and Google's brace of office applications – including Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, and the ever handy Google Mail – the system will provide a nearly instant-on system for common daily use that is designed to complement, rather than replace, Windows.

A gOS spokesperson claimed that the technology it is developing with Gigabyte will allow the new-model netbooks – which resemble teeny-tiny tablet PCs, rotating touchscreen display and all – to “power on to the Internet in seconds, while still supporting killer applications together with Windows XP.

The team has gone quite some way to produce an aesthetically pleasing operating system, with a touch-friendly Mac-inspired icon dock for commonly used programs at the bottom of the screen and a web browser that has a definite Chrome feel about it from the pictures released so far. Whether the system will have enough grunt to be usable, and what exactly happens when you are unable to connect to the Internet, remains to be seen.

The Cloud system is to debut on the Gigabyte netbook range at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2009.

Is a dual-boot Windows and Cloud netbook just what you've been looking for, or should companies concentrate more on providing a fast-booting primary OS rather than bloating the system out with a secondary boot option? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Aterius Gmork 2nd December 2008, 13:40 Quote
This OS will have the same privacy issues that chrome has, right?
Stickeh 2nd December 2008, 14:16 Quote
This has so much potential, id love to install this along side windows, just for those moments when you run back to the computer when you have forgotten details or you just need to quickly check something!
veryevil 2nd December 2008, 15:50 Quote
Cannot wait to get this on my M912. wooooo
Bauul 2nd December 2008, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork
This OS will have the same privacy issues that chrome has, right?

What were those? I hope you're not refering to the mistyped EULA?
Aterius Gmork 2nd December 2008, 17:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php
Google's Web browser Chrome thrilled with an extremely fast site rendering, a sleek design and innovative features. But it also gets critic from data protection specialists , for reasons such as creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions.

Pretty good summary I think. I remember bit-tech criticizing something along these lines as well. Was a real question btw - an OS like this would be awesome.
steveo_mcg 2nd December 2008, 17:43 Quote
It'll have all the same privaciy concerns as any cloud based system, as soon as you let the data leave your "sight" its a privacy concern. Whether those concerns out way the benefits is entirely up to you.

Personally i love google docs, google notebook and gmail the convenience of being stored centrally out weighs any profiling google care to do on me. I'm dull.
GigaMan 2nd December 2008, 20:57 Quote
I guess price will play a big part!
Skiddywinks 3rd December 2008, 03:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stickeh
This has so much potential, id love to install this along side windows, just for those moments when you run back to the computer when you have forgotten details or you just need to quickly check something!

I can see what you mean, but my Windows Vista boots (to usable desktop) in about 40 seconds anyway.
Stickeh 3rd December 2008, 09:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
I can see what you mean, but my Windows Vista boots (to usable desktop) in about 40 seconds anyway.

Thats true, i dont have to wait that long either, but a 3 second boot would be awesome for stuff you had forgotten, and when you are allready late haha
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