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January 3, 2008
For Immediate Release
Pat Meier Associates PR
gOS 2.0 "Rocket," the Second Major Release of the Friendly
Linux OS, Debuts at CES and Online January 7, 2008
California-January 3, 2008-Good OS, the open source startup that introduced
gOS, a Linux operating system with Google and web applications, on a $199
Wal-Mart PC last November, today announced that gOS Rocket will debut Monday,
January 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the exclusive press preview, Lunch@Piero's, during
the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and online at www.thinkgos.com.
Rocket is packed with Google Gears, new online offline synchronization
technology from Google that enables offline use of web apps; gBooth, a
browser-based web cam application with special effects, integration with
Facebook and other web services; shortcuts to launch Google Reader, Talk, and
Finance on the desktop; an online storage drive powered by Box.net; and Virtual
Desktops, an intuitive feature to easily group and move applications across
multiple desktop spaces.
gOS Rocket introduces
gBooth, the first of many web apps to come specially customized for gOS. gBooth
is powered by gOS spin-off, meebooth, a browser-based web cam application that
makes it fun and easy to capture photos, add special effects, and share across
Facebook, YouTube and other web services. To introduce a gOS compatible web
cam, gOS and meebooth partnered with leading web cam manufacturer Ezonics to
create the "gCam," a web cam compatible with gOS and gBooth.
"After over a decade
in the traditional web cam business in Wal-Mart and other major retailers,
we're revamping Ezonics in 2008 to be 'Web 2.0' focused and 'Linux' conscious,"
says Ezonics' CEO Liu Ping. "We are excited to work with gOS to launch the gCam
as a first of many Linux friendly, cloud devices."
At the center of
Rocket's new desktop is a gorgeous Google search box, enabling users to perform
Google searches directly from the desktop. This new feature launches Google
search results in Firefox, the leading, open source web browser. Surrounding
the Google search box is an attractive desktop environment comprised of new
wallpaper, icons, digital clock, and other new desktop elements.
"Like most of our
customers, we absolutely love the gorgeous design and simplified navigation
that gOS provides," says Paul Kim, director of marketing for Everex. "With the release
of Rocket, the gOS team has
once again shown the industry how to make a great looking operating system
intuitive and easy to use."
Google Gears to enable offline use of web apps. Google Reader, which allows you
to read all your news and blogs in one place, is the only Google application to
currently work offline with Google Gears and has been added to the gOS desktop.
Launching Firefox will reveal a new custom gOS homepage that prominently
features a continually updated list of web apps that work with Google Gears to
allow offline access.
"Rocket, the second
major release of gOS, launches with Google Gears to further advance our
computing into the cloud," said David Liu, Good OS's CEO. "I am also excited to
release gBooth with gCam, marking the first of a series of web products we will
help build to create a gOS software hardware ecosystem for the cloud."
Other new features in
gOS Rocket include:
desktops: Available on the desktop, allowing easy grouping of applications
across multiple desktop spaces
· Online Storage
Drive: available on the desktop, allows easy online backup and file sharing
powered by Box.net.
· Adobe Flash 9
for Linux: preloaded, allows instant use of YouTube, gBooth, Google Talk
· Updated Wi-Fi
Manager "Exalt": for improved reliability
Pricing and Availability
gOS version 2.0
Rocket will be available online on January 7, 2008 as a free download. Rocket
requires minimum 128MB of RAM, 400 MHz processor, and 3GB disk space. The
launch of gOS Rocket will coincide with the launch of new web cam, developer
kit, desktop, and notebook products:
· Ezonics gCam
available direct at www.ezonics.com on January 7, 2008.
· gOS Rocket
Developer Kit with VIA motherboard and CPU on January 7, 2008 at ClubIT.com
CloudBook, gPC, gPC mini, gBook available at Wal-Mart.com and others February
gOS is a new open
source startup dedicated to taking open source mainstream. Its new alternative operating
gOS, is based on Linux, designed to fit the modern consumer, and based in the
Internet cloud with Google and web apps. In November 2007, gOS launched a $199
desktop, the gPC into Wal-Mart with Everex. In the first two weeks, the Everex
gPC sold out of Wal-Mart, and tens of thousands of developers downloaded gOS
and purchased the gOS developer kit that sold through ClubIT.com. gOS version
2.0 "Rocket" launches for users and developers to download on January 7, 2008,
and with a second wave of hardware products for consumers in early 2008.
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