gOS 2.0 – Where for Art Thou?

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Opinion: Linuxophiles anxiously await the arrival of gOS 2.0 (code name Rocket), but has the "Rocket" sputtered?

Billed as a Linux for the masses, gOS was supposed to revolutionize the low end of the PC market. Version 1 of the OS took Wal-Mart shoppers by storm last year and the big box retailer's stash of Everex gPCs running gOS was quickly depleted. Many are hoping for a repeat performance due to the gOS team announcing the launch of their next version, Rocket, at this week's CES show in Vegas.

Well, CES has started and no one has sighted Rocket as of yet. Visits to the thinkgOS.com home page imply that Rocket is here, but following download links brings us to the old version! Questions about the whereabouts of rocket go unanswered on the gOS support page (via faqly.com), both the official site and unofficial user forums offer little insight as to the whereabouts of the missing OS.

With the examples set by Microsoft, this should be no surprise. After all, how many of Microsoft's products have slipped past initial shipping dates? But, I think the situation is different here, gOS is trying to sell itself as an alternative to other (read Microsoft) operating systems and the powers behind gOS can't afford to start making any mistakes now.

Personally, I like what gOS is all about; it's a simple operating system alternative that runs on cheap hardware and leverages online apps (such as Google apps) to keep costs down and provide the programs that 70 plus percent of all users need. Version 2 of the OS is supposed to fine tune many of the offerings and add some more capabilities and I for one am dying to take a look at it.

Why? Simply put, gOS could be a catalyst for system builders all over the country. If the operating system can offer all the primary features needed, on cheap hardware, system builders can start to compete more effectively against the big box retailers and mail order houses, which are still bound to Microsoft operating systems and the costs associated. So, if anyone out there has an inside track on where to find Rocket, be sure to download it and give it a try!

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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