Computing in the Sky
A Cloud Centric Operating System
by: Jerry Liao
The idea of being able to boot up your computer from the internet seems to be a rocket science thing before, but now it’s just one offering so to speak. Good OS, most known for its gOS Linux recently announced “Cloud,” a new operating system that boots into a browser with Google, Yahoo! and Live in seconds, and optionally boots into Windows.
Cloud uniquely integrates a web browser with a compressed Linux operating system kernel for immediate access to Internet, integration of browser and rich client applications, and full control of the computer from inside the browser.
Good OS will preview Cloud on a GIGABYTE Touch-Screen Netbook at the Netbook World Summit and online at http://www.thinkgos.com. GIGABYTE Touch-Screen Netbooks will be preloaded with Cloud and Windows XP together early next year.
“We are excited to preview the GIGABYTE Touch-Screen Netbook with Cloud and Windows together, said a Good OS spokesperson. “With Cloud, GIGABYTE Netbooks will power on to the Internet in seconds, while still supporting killer applications together with Windows XP.”
Cloud features a beautifully designed browser with an icon dock for shortcuts to favorite apps, tabs for multi-tasking between web and rich client apps, and icons to switch to Windows, power off, and perform other necessary system functions. Users power on their computers, quickly boot into Cloud for Internet and basic applications, and then just power off or boot into Windows for more powerful desktop applications.
“Cloud is my favorite gOS product yet,” said David Liu, Founder and CEO of Good OS. “Just seconds after I power on, I’m Googling, Yahooing, and truly Living. I am very excited about the upcoming GIGABYTE Touch-Screen Netbooks with Cloud and Windows. I think the GIGABYTE Touch-Screen Netbook’s forward thinking hardware and software will make it the best Netbook to hit the market!”
The availability of this architecture will shake up the technology world big time both in the hardware and software industry. Given the option of not having any OS on the PCs, notebooks and netbooks will bring down the cost of the devices.
On the software side, with the OS up on the web, software companies will now focus on developing applications for the web, and don’t have to worry about certain restrictions brought by any software. Open architecture will provide developers more flexibility thus will result to more powerful and yet smaller applications that will fit less powerful machines.
Imagine one day, software application will say that the minimum requirement to run their application would just be a browser and an internet connection.