gOS 3 Gadgets Platform Ships--Could Be Good for Netbooks

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 24, 2008

Good OS, the maker of gOS, which many people know for offering the Linux operating system featured in the Everex CloudBook, Sylvania g netbook and other NetBooks, has announced the final release of gOS 3 Gadgets, the third version of its platform. With this new version, the company is aiming to attract hardware manufacturers, and there is a strong focus on the fast growing category of netbooks.

According to the announcement:

"gOS 3 Gadgets is designed to help PC OEMs make more affordable, consumer friendly NetBooks and NetTops using an open source, small application platform called Google Gadgets for Linux. gOS 3 Gadgets features a new, more stable release of Google Gadgets for Linux, giving users access to over 100,000 Google and iGoogle Gadgets that decorate the desktop with live, personalized Internet content, such as news, stocks, weather, Google calendar, Flickr photos, YouTube videos and more."

The offering is available for download now. and has been through seven weeks of beta testing, according to the company. "During this time, gOS 3 Gadgets BETA became the first commercial distribution to pre-load Google Gadgets for Linux, reached the second highest place on DistroWatch at one point, and achieved more than 100,000 downloads," they report.

I've used gOS on the desktop computer that Everex was offering at Wal-Mart. It is lightweight and fast, with a highly graphical user interface, as seen below. There are more powerful Linux distributions, but owners of netbooks or notebook computers with limited resources may especially find this one useful.