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Issue Date: January 2009

Google's operating system arrives - but not from Google

1 January 2008

Google has long been rumoured to be working on an operating system to compete with Microsoft’s Windows. When it launched its browser product, Chrome, in September, we noted that it essentially was Google’s operating system — a UI for the OS that the web is becoming. Now, tiny Emeryville, California-based Good OS, has taken the browser-as-OS idea a bit further with the announcement of its latest operating system, dubbed ‘Cloud.’ Good OS is most famous for the gOS, a slimmed down version of Linux that is made to specifically play nice with web applications and web-centric apps like Google Calendar, Docs, Gmail, Skype, YouTube, and Firefox.
The new Cloud OS product, which was announced at the Netbook World Summit in Paris, France, is specifically designed for netbooks and nettop computers. Cloud boots ‘in seconds’ into a browser that is specifically designed to make access to cloud based applications, like Google’s suite of web apps, quick and easy via a built-in Mac OS X-like dock that has been added to the browser.bv


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