gOS, the Linux OS known for its debut in the $199 Wal-Mart gPC and NetBooks, today announced the details of the newest version of its Linux operating system for consumers, called gOS 3 Gadgets.
gOS 3 Gadgets instantly launches Google Gadgets for Linux on startup, giving users access to more than 100,000 iGoogle and Google Gadgets that are small, graphically rich applications that can be added to the desktop in seconds over the Internet. gOS 3 Gadgets will also preload WINE, LXDE, and other Google software for Linux to improve the user experience.
By preloading WINE 1.0, gOS 3 Gadgets enables thousands of Windows applications to run well on the Linux platform.
gOS 3 Gadgets includes LXDE (Lightweight X Desktop Environment) applications in the renewed effort to develop a more lightweight desktop. "We are pleased that gOS is working with the LXDE community to achieve faster boot time and response," said Fred Chien, one of the lead developers of LXDE. "We think gOS will be even better for consumer NetBooks and NetTops with some of LXDE's enhancements."
In addition to Google Gadgets for Linux, gOS 3 Gadgets is being shown running Google Desktop as an alternative to Tracker, Google Picasa as an alternative to F-Spot, and Google Earth to complement the existing link to Google Maps. Google Documents, Calendar, and Mail launch in Mozilla Prism windows to closer resemble desktop applications.
gOS 3 Gadgets Beta is being demonstrated at the gOS booth 1627 LinuxWorld Expo, and is available for download at Think gOS.
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