GOS 3.1 Review!
This time around I chose to install the OS in the VM as I thought I have all weekend to work on it. So as you already know Linux Mint will not be reviewed this weekend and has been postponed to the next weekend where I can have all the time in the world and that is because of Post-Secondary Spring Break!
Today I am going to review GOS 3.1 codenamed Gadgets. As with all the reviews I have written so far since June 1st 2008 I have put these standard specs for testing out distros in virtual machines:
- 512mb of RAM
- 8 GB hard drive
- 8 MB of video memory
This is a great Operating System because it has stuff I will use a lot: GMail, Pidgin, Calendar, Youtube (for my sister as she loves it,) FireFox, Open Office and a lot more great programs!
The Green Theme looks nice for an Ubuntu based OS and it has gadgets (which may or may not be a big help to you if they take up your screen and do not let you see what you are working on or trying to work on.) I had the screen resolution set on 800×600 and have not bothered to upgrade or try to find drivers from intel for the vm.
Unfortunately yesterday I slept until noon and went to bed on Friday at 6:00 PM so I had 18 hours of sleep. So there was no post yesterday.
GOS comes with most of the applications that Ubuntu comes with. I use Firefox (a long with most of my intermediate family (all except my dad who uses IE.) There is a long story about how my sister started to use FireFox but I will not get into it.) It comes with Pidgin which is my favorite Instant Messaging client as I can use google talk and msn both of which I cannot use as there are no binaries for Linux. I hope GTalk will come to Linux, but I am quite sure that MSN will not come to Linux as Microsoft will most likely never port it. I really do like the MSN clients that have popped up over the years and I would love to see if Microsoft will port… which I believe they will not.
The Gadgets for me do not really help me in any way as they take up all the screen. I chose to turn off Google Gadgets.
Overall it is very fast compared to other Distributions that I have tried and I believe that I will most likely make the switch if Ubuntu doesn’t give upgrades any more (I may switch to half Ubuntu have half GOS though with the Ubuntu that is coming out in April there is almost no chance that it will happen.)
So the rating is going to be high for this great OS: 4/5. It has a great GUI, great speed, and great applications that it has picked has worked out to be an advantage for this OS.
To download go to http://www.thinkgos.com/