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Posted: 10 Mar 2009


Thankyou all for the very helpful suggestions in the Kogan Netbook post. It was great to get detailed, insightful feedback.

We've taken all the advise very seriously and many of the requests have made it into the final product design. We'll be releasing details about the Kogan Netbook over the coming days and weeks.

For now, I want to talk about the operating system. ClaudioDavid Mulder, and Greg all suggested gOS would be a good option. I tried it out myself, and played with Ubuntu Netbook Remix, KDE 4, and a few others as well. At the end of the day, gOS was clearly the best flavour of linux for the Kogan netbook.

We ended up choosing gOS because it's fast, easy to use, stable, and has a fantastic, intuitive interface. Here's a screenshot of gOS running a few gadgets:

gOS Linux gadgets

You can see more screenshots of gOS in action here:

We will of course include simple instructions for users wanting to install another version of Linux. As you may know, gOS is based in Ubuntu which is great news for compatibility and support. 

Here's a video of David Liu, the founder of gOS, running through some of the newest features:


gOS has a number of great features and pre-loaded apps including:

  • Google Picasa with WINE 1.0
  • Google Mail and Calendar
  • Google Gadgets
  • Google Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations
  • 3D Window Switcher
  • Google Desktop Search
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Open Office

On top of all this, gOS also makes it extremely easy to install new applications through a easy to use marketplace app. You can read plenty more at the gOS website.

We're building this netbook on the principles of open source cloud computing. The future of everything we do is headed towards the cloud -- and this operating system is a major step in the right direction. So much of what we can do is stored online, and the combination of the Kogan Netbook and gOS will make cloud computing a reality, especially using a number of Google applications.

I'm keen to hear your thoughts, I hope you're as excited about this one as I am! Stay tuned for more details about the Kogan Netbook.

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