updated 05:05 pm EST, Mon December 1, 2008
Good OS intros Cloud OS
Good OS, makers of the gOS Linux operating system that debuted in computers sold at Wal-Mart, on Monday announced it will soon introduce its Cloud operating system that can give users near-instant access to Google, Yahoo and Windows Live services, as well as rich client applications and multimedia content. Good OS introduced the Cloud on a GigaByte touch-screen netbook at the Netbook World Summit kicking off today in Paris, and will begin including Cloud alongside Windows XP on the PC builder's tablets early next year. When users need to do access more hardware-intensive programs, they can go from Cloud to Windows XP.
Cloud integrates a web browser and a compressed Linux kernel to allow access to most commonly used simple applications in seconds, not having to wait for the system to boot up. Cloud is similar to the Linux-based SplashTop interface, which works in much the same way and is called QuickStart when used in Lenovo laptops, among others. Microsoft is reportedly working on its own version of a pre-boot interface.
Flash videos will be supported by Cloud, as well as MP3 audio files. Cloud interfaces via a specially designed browser with an icon dock that contains shortcut buttons to favorite applications. More details about Cloud and GigaByte touch-screen netbooks will be released at the CES show in early January.