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January 04, 2008

gOS 2.0 "Rocket" to Debut at CES 2008

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Good OS announced its gOS Rocket will debut at an exclusive press preview during the Consumer Electronics Show, and online at thinkgos.com.
 
Packed with Google (News - Alert) Gears, the new online offline synchronization technology from Google, Rocket enables offline use of Web applications; gBooth, a browser-based webcam application with special effects; integration with Facebook (News - Alert) 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.


 
With this release, the company is introducing gBooth, the first of many Web apps to come specially customized for gOS. Because the gBooth is powered by gOS spinoff meebooth, a browser-based webcam application, it is easy for users to capture photos, add special effects, and share across Facebook, YouTube (News - Alert), and other Web services.
 
gOS and meebooth reportedly partnered with webcam manufacturer Ezonics to create the “gCam,” a webcam compatible with gOS and gBooth.
 
Ezonics’ CEO Liu Ping said that, after more than a decade in the traditional webcam business in Wal-Mart and other major retailers, they are revamping Ezonics in 2008 to be Web 2.0 focused and Linux conscious.
 
A Google search box is at the center of Rocket’s new desktop, which enable users to perform Google searches directly from the desktop. According to the company, this new feature launches Google search results in Firefox, the open source Web browser. An attractive desktop environment surrounds the Google search box comprising new wallpaper, icons, digital clock, and other new desktop elements.
 
Paul Kim, director of marketing for Everex said that, 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.
 
Since Rocket includes Google Gears, it enables offline use of Web apps. Also, Google Reader, which enables reading all 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. The company further explains that 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.
 
Liu is also excited to release gBooth with gCam, marking the first of a series of web products they will help build to create a gOS software hardware ecosystem for the cloud.
 
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
 
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