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December 02, 2008

Good OS Announces 'Cloud'- A Browser Operating System

Good OS, the developer of gOS, a Linux-based operating system for Netbooks and NetTops, released “Cloud,” a new operating system, which according to the company, “boots into a browser with Google (News - Alert), Yahoo! and Live in seconds, and optionally boots into Windows.”
Cloud integrates a Web browser with a compressed Linux operating system kernel for immediate access to Internet, integration of browser and rich client applications, with full control of the computer from inside the browser, said Good OS.
Good OS demonstrated Cloud on a Gigabyte touch-screen Netbook at the Netbook World Summit on Monday. The company plans to preload the Gigabyte touch-screen Netbooks with Cloud and Windows XP together early next year. In this way, users can use Cloud for normal computing applications and switch to Windows XP for complex desktop applications.
With an attractively designed browser, Cloud features an icon dock, providing users with shortcuts to favorite apps and tabs for multi-tasking between Web and rich client apps. There are icons that let users switch to Windows, switch off power, and perform a number of system functions.
Cloud’s proprietary application framework lets users run client applications such as Skype (News - Alert) or Media Player, opening them in new tabs just like in Windows or Linux.
After switching on, users quickly boot into Cloud for Internet and basic applications, and then just power off or boot into Windows for more powerful desktop applications.
“Cloud is my favorite gOS product yet,” said David Liu, founder and CEO of Good OS. “Just seconds after I power on, I'm Googling, Yahooing, and truly Living.”
Liu hopes that Gigabyte Touch-Screen Netbook's forward thinking hardware and software will make it the best Netbook to hit the market.
“With Cloud, Gigabyte Netbooks will power on to the Internet in seconds, while still supporting killer applications together with Windows XP,” said a spokesperson at Good OS.
The Silicon Valley-based Good OS has been recognized for its strengths in cloud computing operating systems and interfaces for consumers. gOS debuted on computers at Wal-Mart Stores last year, and since then have shipped with PC OEMs on NetBooks, NetTops, and consumer PCs, the company said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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