Thursday, February 21, 2008

gOS has many advantages over Windows.

If you've been living under an IT rock or don't get your computer tech at Wal-Mart you may not be aware of some great software. gOS is a Linux based OS based on the Ubuntu format. The thing about this particular OS package is that there are is very little software installed on the computer because it's all web based applications. The largest software install is Open Office.

Here's a list of some of the web applications that is has in the Dock: Google Mail, Google News, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Docs, Google Products, Meebo, YouTube, Blogger, Facebook, Wikipedia, Faqly and

There's more than that but you get the idea. I like the idea because it's a light OS and doesn't require a top-of-the-line pc to run. I've put it on an old 1GHz processor with 256 megs ram and it runs smooth.

The main drawback to a Linux based PC is that playing my favorite Windows games (FFXI Online at the moment) aren't easy to install and use. There are ways to use Windows software and games on a Linux machine, such as Crossover and Cedega, but it's either not free or a hassle (IMO). However, if you have a spare PC sitting in the garage but don't want spend a butt-load of $ to upgrade hardware or get a replacement XP disc this might be for you.

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