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Could we get a screenshot of gOS that doesn't have a "You" photoshopped (er, gimped?) in after the "f" dock icon at the end? --Revaaron (talk) 20:23, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Its not "photoshopped" in, and in theory it could be purely coincidential. The icon to the right of the one with the 'F' is the icon of YouTube, and on a screen with a screen resolution set lower than needed to fit all the icons, the icons will pan as you hoover the mouse pointer over them. If you time it it just right, then you get this effect. I have heard some people claim that the icons were moved in this picture, but that is not true, just compare it with the official web page. I do agree that it is unfortunate, and another picture would be a good idea, or someone can edit the picture to remove the "You", which should not be that hard. Mahjongg (talk) 13:15, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
P.S. I took the trouble to edit the picture to remove the "You". I used what I had, (Microsoft paint), so its not perfect, but it will do. Note that I also was the uploader of the original picture, but I was not the creator, I got it from the Turkisch wikipedia. So go to the turkisch gOS wikipedia page if you want to see the original, or rather don't go if you think it will offend you :-) .Mahjongg (talk) 13:45, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

A.O. abbreviation[edit]

I recommend against using the abbreviation "a.o" as being unfamiliar to the average reader. I googled for 'define "a.o."' and found nothing useful. Googling for '"a.o." abbreviation' yields "Abbreviation. ao. among(st) others", right after "acronym overload", which is kind of appropriate I suppose, given the list of definitions for AO at J4black (talk) 16:59, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

It's a German tradition to put in acronyms like that into common text. The German-language version of "amongst others" would be "unter anderem" and would be abbreviated u. a. (or u. A.; see the link.). This tradition in written language makes it very inconvenient to read general-pupose material in German. -Mardus (talk) 19:48, 29 December 2007 (UTC)


Several warning signs here, including the large number of external links, the download links to resources (like an ISO link in the article body), and the use of grandiose prose about how easy it is to install other applications. While I'm not suggesting there are any COI concerns, the current article is seemingly lacking in objectivity. Chris Cunningham (talk) 11:20, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Article Name[edit]

Should it be gOS (Linux distribution) or comment that article is named GOS (Linux distribution), but due to wikipedia limitation it is impossible to name it such.

Cause I just had to edit a link from list of Ubuntu-base distribution, cause it was linking to GOS (Linux distribution) and not this rocket science. It is just a code name for new version 2.0; and it's not that massive to have seperate articles for both versions yet. Who did this? Can you please elaborate? --Cliff (talk) 01:09, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

A user user:Wvoutlaw2002 moved the page to 'Rocket (Linux distribution)'. Which seemed wrong to me as the product is still named gOS. However, at the moment it is still unclear whether 'Rocket' is just the version indicator, like "Edgy" for ubuntu, or that Good OS decided to rename gOS to 'gOS Rocket' to make it more memorable. So I decided to re-move it to 'gOS Rocket (Linux distribution)'.
At the time I did not know how to avoid the first letter to become uppercase, in the past this was unavoidable. But I know learned the trick how to force the first letter to be displayed as lowercase, as you can see. I also took great care to repair all the links, but perhaps I missed 'Ubuntu-base distribution'. It might be necessary to move the page again, if 'Rocket' is indeed just a version indication, in which case i will. Mahjongg (talk) 11:12, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

We need a new screen-shot AGAIN[edit]

gOS Rocket has had a drastic graphic overhaul, and subsequently we need a new screenshot. anyone? Mahjongg (talk) 11:25, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Well, I provided one myself. Mahjongg (talk) 11:38, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

There is now (mid February 2008) a completely new version of gOS that looks completely different from the first two versions, as it is completely rewritten to use GNOME as it's base instead of E17. As you can see here: [1] it looks very different! Screen-shots anyone? Mahjongg (talk) 03:27, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:GOS Rocket desktop.jpg[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 22:20, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

I modified the Fair use rationale, and removed the tag, but this is a complicated situation, as the gOS Rocket desktop displays many icons of other software, such as Google, Wikipedia, and Firefox. I hope I have all of these covered. Mahjongg (talk) 23:18, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Version history[edit]

Can we get started on a version history table like so: ???

Colour Meaning
Red Old release; not supported
Yellow Old release; still supported
Green Current release
Blue Future release
Version Code name Testing name Release date Supported until Features and Changes
4.10 Warty Warthog Sounder 2004-10-20[1] 2006-04-30[2] Initial release; ShipIt
5.04 Hoary Hedgehog Array 2005-04-08[3] 2006-10-31[4] Update Manager; Upgrade Notifier; readahead; grepmap; laptop suspend, hibernate and standby; dynamic frequency scaling; Ubuntu hardware database; Kickstart; installation from USB devices; UTF-8 by default; APT authentication
5.10 Breezy Badger Colony 2005-10-13[5][6] 2007-04-13[7] Usplash (graphical boot sequence); "Add/Remove..." application tool; easy language selector; logical volume management support; full Hewlett-Packard printer support; OEM installer support; Launchpad integration
6.06 LTS Dapper Drake Flight 2006-06-01[8][9] 2009-06 (desktops) Long Term Support (LTS) release; Live CD and Install CD merged onto one disc; Ubiquity graphical installer on Live CD; Usplash on shutdowns; Network Manager for easy switching of multiple wired and wireless connections; 'Humanlooks' theme implemented using Tango guidelines, based on Clearlooks and featuring orange colours instead of brown; LAMP installation option; installation to USB devices; GDebi graphical installer for package files [10]
2011-06 (servers)
6.10 Edgy Eft Knot 2006-10-26[11][12] 2008-04 Ubuntu 'Human' theme heavily modified; Upstart init daemon; automated crash reports (Apport); Tomboy notetaking application; F-spot photo manager; EasyUbuntu merges into Ubuntu via meta-package installs and features
7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 2007-04-19[13] 2008-10 Migration assistant; Kernel-based Virtual Machine support; easy codec and restricted drivers installation; Compiz desktop effects; Wi-Fi Protected Access support; PowerPC support dropped; Sudoku and chess games added; disk usage analyser (baobab) added; GNOME Control Center; Zeroconf for many devices
7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2007-10-18[14][15] 2009-04 Compiz Fusion by default;[16] AppArmor security framework;[17] fast desktop search;[18] fast user switching;[18] some plug-ins for Mozilla Firefox now handled by APT (Ubufox);[19] graphical configuration tool for;[19] a revamped printing system with PDF printing by default;[19] full NTFS support (read/write) via NTFS-3G
8.04 LTS Hardy Heron[20] Alpha 2008-04-24[21] 2011-04 (desktops) Long Term Support (LTS) release;[22][23]; Better Tango compliance[24]; compiz usability improvements; tracker integration;[25]; Brasero disk burner, Transmission BitTorrent client and Vinagre VNC client by default[26]; PulseAudio by default[27]
2013-04 (servers)
8.10 Intrepid Ibex[28] Alpha 2008-10-30 2010-04 Complete interface redesign; improvements to mobile computing and desktop scalability; increased flexibility for Internet connectivity[29]

Altonbr (talk) 03:33, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Yes a great idea, I was thinking along the same line, now there are three very different versions. It would be even better if we could show screen shots of all three versions. Mahjongg (talk) 12:18, 25 February 2008 (UTC)
I've tried adding screenshots to that table at 100px but it looks too messy. If you want to add screenshots, I suggest creating a gallery.
Altonbr (talk) 14:36, 25 February 2008 (UTC)
Now we have a fourth version (gOS 2.9 "Space") this idea makes even more sense, even without all four screen shots. Mahjongg (talk) 22:14, 8 April 2008 (UTC)
As you can see I edited the article and added screenshots, as an intermediate solution, as something had to be done now there are four (official) versions, the screenshor for gOS 2 Rocket E is still missing. Mahjongg (talk) 21:42, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


Work In Progress I just started working on it here, so when it is finished we can copy it in finished form to the main page

Colour Meaning
Red Old release; no longer officially available
Yellow Old release; still officially available
Green Current release
Blue Future release
Version Code name development name Release date released for Features and Changes
1.0.1_386 gOS Painfull? 2007-11-01 gPC Initial release; Based on Ubuntu 7.10 and the Enlightenment 17 Desktop environment, plus lots of Google applications
2.0.1-beta1 gOS Rocket (E) Reloaded 2008-01-07 CloudBook Beta demo version especially developed to demonstrate with the CloudBook at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. still based on Enlightenment 17 desktop
V2 gOS Rocket (G)  ???? 2008-02-22 CloudBook, gBook, gPC2 encore Final version as delivered installed on the CloudBook, and later the gBook and the gPC2. Not available as a live CD until the launch of "Space". Now based on GNOME and the Avant Window Navigator and Compiz fusion
2.9 gOS Space  ???? 2008-04-06 gPC mini Specially promoted as a version for MySpace users, adds "stacks" to the AWN launcher, and uses MySpace applications, does not need 3D hardware to support AWN.
3.0 Unknown Aphrodite TBD Unknown Unknown

Well, this is my first draft. Mahjongg (talk) 23:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

"painfull", is from memory, but the development site is removed, so I can't check it anymore. Mahjongg (talk) 23:30, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Is it ready to include in the main page in this form? Mahjongg (talk) 23:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Well, I found some info about a future release too, so I added it. Mahjongg (talk) 00:04, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Copied this first version to the main page. Mahjongg (talk) 16:09, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

sounds like an advertisement[edit]

im not a wikipedia user so i don't have any interest in fixing it. but i just wanted to let you all know that this article, especially the sections on gOS Space, sound like an endorsement. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:58, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

The gOS 2.9 Space article indeed looked a bit like a copy and paste job from the official site, so I took the liberty to remove the most glaring "adinfo" stuff. Mahjongg (talk) 21:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Adding "gOS" to the category "Linux based devices"[edit]

I copied this text below from my talk page, as user Kozuch seems bent on adding this article ("GOS (operating system)") which is about a piece of software to a category for devices ( [[Category:Linux based devices]] ), which I think is nonsensical. please add comments if you support or deny my point of view. Mahjongg (talk) 11:19, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

Dear friend, you are taking categorizing to a pretty extreme. I myself understand categories as something that should also help find content. gOS is related with LBD and therefore I think it could be categorized so. FYI, Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition sits in LBD too.--Kozuch (talk) 10:53, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

Sigh, look at the category page itself, and you will notice that gOS would not belong there, its a category of DEVICES not of SOFTWARES, or as the Linux based devices page itself says "Linux based devices or Linux devices are computer appliances that are powered by Linux operating system". So gOS simply does not belong in the category anymore than Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition, which by the way you yourself has put there! It seems no one else seems to have this interpretation of what the category should contain, because lets face it, the category is about appliances, and a appliance is a device, something you can hold in your hand, its NOT the software running on the device. Yes, categories are there to help find content, but this is simply obscuring the valid data there with invalid content. Ill copy this text from my home page to the talk page where it belongs.... Mahjongg (talk) 11:07, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
I added a new category "Category:Linux distributions used in appliances" specifically for gOS and other operating systems that are used in subnotebooks and netbooks and such. and added gOS to it. I hope that this is the better way to go about, you could add this category page to other categories, to create a structure you can use to find content. I hope this resolves the issue. Mahjongg (talk) 12:09, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

gOS Cloud[edit]

What about (talk) 01:10, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

its not really comparable to the current offerings, it is more implemented as a BIOS extension, and does not have a desktop, but simply boots into a browser only. Its somewhat similar to Splashtop, the Linux version built into some motherboards. gOS Cloud should get its own article. Mahjongg (talk) 01:50, 15 December 2008 (UTC)


What is this software's license? Usually I check in the infobox to see.--SkiDragon (talk) 04:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

according to "gOS is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported license." Mahjongg (talk) 11:41, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
How does it handle separating out the portions of its codebase that are derived from other open source projects, and thus possibly incompatible with the NonCommercial aspect of such a license? (Eg. It must be permissible for a licensee to attempt to redistribute anything covered by the GPL for profit.) (talk) 19:02, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

what does the g in gOS stand for[edit]

There seems to be some confusion as to what the 'g' in gOS stands for. This is what I think is correct; Initially the 'g' was to mean "green", as the screenshot of gOS 1.0.1 shows. The reason for this is that the very first version was to be bundled with the "green-PC", but very soon after gOS also became available as a stand alone (unbundled with hardware) distro, and was renamed "good OS". So the 'g' stands for "good", and not for "green", or "Google". Also see last comment at this link from around the launch of gOS: [2]. Mahjongg (talk) 20:51, 31 May 2010 (UTC)

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