[News] GNU/Linux Looks Like OS X, But Better Under the Hood

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New Ubuntu Mods for Mac Looks

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| If you like OS X's look and feel, but you're a Linux guy or gal at heart, 
| this is a mod for you.  While the mod to make Hardy Herron look like OS X has 
| been out for a while, it is now available for Intrepid as well.  So whether 
| you are running Heron or Intrepid (Ubuntu) you can get the same look and feel 
| for the Gnome GUI as you have with OS X.  The Mac4Lin themes allow you to 
| customize your Linux box with the same background as the Mac, and additional 
| options even give some of the same functionality.  Since the Mac OS and 
| Ubuntu share a Unix base most of the common applications for the Mac can be 
| found in the Linux world.  Sometimes Apple even borrows things from Linux for 
| the Mac OS.         


This one Ubuntu derivative also looks similar to OS X and there's a new

gOS 3.1 Gadgets SP1 released

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| The gOS (”good OS”) project released SP1 of gOS 3.1 Gadgets. The Linux based 
| gOS is an excellent Operating System for Netbooks & NetTops.  



Turn Your Ubuntu Intrepid Into Mac OSX Leopard

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| This is an updated version of my previous post Turn Ubuntu Hardy into Mac
| OSX.
| That post was written six months ago and many things have changed during this
| period of time: release of Ubuntu Intrepid, newer Mac4Lin theme, better
| globalmenu applet etc. As such, I have decided to rewrite this tutorial for
| the Intrepid platform.


Why Desktop Linux Holds Its Own Against OS X

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| Apple spends millions of dollars each year to explain why OS X is the world's
| best desktop operating system. That doesn't necessarily mean it's true.
| TechRepublic blogger Jack Wallen recently posted ten things that he thinks
| Linux does better than Mac OS X. His list is a welcome antidote to Apple's
| (unsurprising) party line: Anything Linux can do, OS X can do better.


The Difference Between Vista, XP, Linux and Mac OS Explained

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| A middle school student I know asked me to explain the difference between
| Vista, XP, Linux and Mac OS.


10 things Linux does better than OS X

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| #1: Flexibility
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| #2: Open source
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| #3: Command line
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| #4: Hardware requirements
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| #5: Security
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| 6. Portability
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| #7: Cost
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| #8: More available software
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| #9: Not so dumbed-down
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| #10: Keyboard efficiency


Moving from Mac to Ubuntu: Why I’m switching

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| Why I’m leaving Mac
|    1. Crap file management.The Finder doesn’t work for me. No location bar
|    and no tree strucure side panel makes it difficult to navigate folders and
|    move files around the way I want to.
|    2. Insufficient panels & customization. In Ubuntu I can have as many
|    panels I want, can put all kinds of stuff on them, and can arrange them
|    however I want. In OSX You just have the dock, and you can really only put
|    applications or files on them, and you can’t even put in a separator to
|    keep them organized.
|    3. Various other annoyances. Such as:
|           * program menus are glued to the top of the screen on one monitor
|           only, which detaches them from the window. This is especailly
|           annoying when the program you’re using is on the second monitor.
|           * the date/time doesn’t open to a navigable calendar. I often use
|           this to check dates in the past or future.
|           * you can’t see hidden files unless you run a command from the
|           terminal to turn them on. Thus, hidden files are either always on
|           or always off.


A Mac Devotee Looks at Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex"

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| If Apple came out with a netbook, I'd be tempted to choose it over a
| Linux-based netbook for a variety of reasons. One of them is that it would
| slot into our Mac-centric home network (mostly in terms of syncing and
| existing software) more easily. Another is that I've been more blown away by
| the iPod Touch than I ever thought I could be, and an Apple netbook might
| have the same effect. Today, however, that choice doesn't exist and won't for
| the forseeable future, and as my shoulders and back start to ache and cramp
| from the time spent in front of a desktop writing overlong blog posts, an
| Ubuntu netbook continues to be an increasingly attractive option.


Ubuntu on an iBook

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| I started by backing up my information. Everything, everything - including
| the System Folder. I used Disk Copy to image everything in around 600 MB
| chunks so that I could burn them to a CD.


Dell Mini Inspiron 9

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| I’m living the dream, I tell you! I’ve swapped my MacBook for a Dell Mini and
| so far the experience has been pretty positive.


Ubuntu and Mac OS X Integration

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| So, when everything is said and done, I was able to achieve all my stated
| goals. The only outstanding issue that I haven’t yet figured out yet centers
| on automatic logins; for both AFP and SMB/CIFS, I get prompted for a password
| when connecting, even though I keep my password synchronized (manually)
| between my Mac and the Ubuntu server. Any tips on how to resolve that would
| certainly be appreciated.


gOS Gadgets aims Ubuntu at cloud computing

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| Overall, gOS represents an intriguing Ubuntu re-spin. Its most significant
| contribution will probably be its use as a proof-of-concept platform for
| netbooks, netpads, and MIDs intended to run mostly web-based applications —
| what might be called mobile “cloud computing” devices.


gOS and a bag full of mostly goodies

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| Well, I have to say that I did go and look at gOS Gadgets...and downloaded
| it...and installed it on my daughter's computer: P4 1.2Ghz or thereabouts,
| with 768Mb RAM and a 64Mb ATI video card. The following is not in any
| particular order and I've included pros and cons as I've gone along.
| [...]
| So, would I recommend it? Yes. Do I like it? Yes. More importantly, do my
| children like it? A resounding YES!


GOS 3 is Still the Best Linux OS

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| A few months back I wrote a review about gOS on one of my blogs which
| received some raving reviews. I did not just review it, but decided to start
| using it as my default Linux desktop. So here is what I think after a month
| of using it as a default desktop.
| I am currently running gOS Gadgets 3.x on my system with 2GHz of memory on a
| 1.8GHz Core2Duo Intel Processor. The laptop has 250GB of hard disk space
| partitioned into three separate drives.


gOS 3 - the most beautiful Linux

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| Over all, I give it a complete thumbs up and I recommend that everyone who is
| interested to use something other than Microsoft should give it a try.
| Especially those who cannot afford to buy licenced windows.


gOS 3.0 Gadgets ScreenShots

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| I could not believe that gOS 3.0 was a Linux Distro when I saw it on
| DistroWatch. So I said why not let me give it a try. Let me tell you I am
| glad I did! This distro is amazingly fast and extremely easy to use. This
| distro is perfect for the Asus EEEpc, especially for newbies just joining
| Linux or for users who are just tired of Microsoft Windows. The apps are easy
| to use as they are on my MAC. The fact that gOS makes extremely good use of
| Wine 1.0 which make it easy to install Windows Applications. The install was
| quick and simple, which is very important for people just joining the Linux
| Community. Well I hope you enjoy the installation ScreenShots below as well
| as some action shots.


gOS 3: Is it better than Ubuntu?

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| gOS is a lot of Ubuntu, a drop of Mac OS X and a slice of the web. And it
| certainly has a future in  this new world of mobility oriented hardware. It
| won’t replace my Ubuntu installation right now, but I’m keeping this baby on
| a small partition and anxiously waiting for the next version.


Impressions: gOS 3 Gadgets BETA

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| Overall gOS is great. It does try a little too much to be like a mac, with
| the dock on the bottom, the one bar on top, and moving the window buttons
| from the top right to the top left. None of these things are standard in
| Ubuntu, but they aren’t enough to keep me from thinking that the new gOS is a
| keeper.


Linux distro targets netbook OEMs

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| gOS 3.0 comes standard with a Google Gadget install application offering more
| than 50 Gadgets. Running directly on the desktop, the Gadgets can be quickly
| toggled on and off all at once via an icon in the system "tray." Meanwhile,
| a "Gadget Browser" makes the process of adding new Gadgets to the desktop
| very simple indeed.


Using G OS 3.0 to access Google programs

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| Before recent fuss over the new Google Chrome browser, I was looking at
| another new freebie that may give the average user a better idea of where the
| search giant is headed. And it isn't even a Google product.
| G OS 3.0 Gadgets is a Linux release, based on the pop/mainstream Ubuntu, that
| gives Google's various online strategies an opportunity to strut their stuff.
| It is designed for manufacturers of so-called netbooks, cheap small laptops
| like Asus EEE. When you're selling a PC for $350, you need a free operating
| system. For the rest of us, G OS can be downloaded (think gos.com) and run
| directly from a CD or thumb drive, or you can install direct to the hard
| drive.


gOS 3 Google Gadgets Review

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| This weekend I decided to take the Linux distribution known as gOS 3.0 beta
| for a spin. The gOS is an Ubuntu 8.04.1 derivative that shows some promise
| with it’s integration of Web applications. Although they are not affilated
| with Google, gOS has incorporated many Google online tools into their
| desktop.
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| In conclusion I think gOS has some merits. Trying to free some of the Web
| applications from the browser sometimes (like in RSS newsreaders) makes
| sense. Adding WINE is also a plus for new Windows switchers. Having MP3
| playback and Flash working out of the box is also helpful for newbies. Other
| than the wireless issue noted above I didn’t have any problems running the
| system and I greatly prefer the theme over what Hardy has. Give this
| distribution a try and see what you think.


Running gOS 3 Beta from USB stick

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| The San Francisco-based company announced the details of gOS 3 Gadgets, the
| newest version of its Linux operating system for consumers, this month. The
| main feature of gOS 3 Gadgets is its ability to instantly launch Google
| Gadgets for Linux on start-up, allowing users access to more than 100,000
| iGoogle and Google Gadgets applications.
| The new distribution gOS 3 Gadgets BETA is based on Ubuntu 8.04.1 and is able
| to interact with Google Documents, Calendar and Mail. The newest release of
| WINE 1.0 is included to now support thousands of Windows software. The new
| operation system will also be loaded with Lightweight X Desktop Environment
| (LXDE) and other Google software for Linux to improve the user experience.


First Look: The gOS 3 Operating System

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| The gOS operating system is an open source Ubuntu derivative published by
| Emeryville, Calif.-based Good OS LLC. gOS gained fame when it showed up in a
| line of inexpensive computers sold at Wal-Mart. As a longtime Ubuntu user,
| I've known and used some of its derivatives, such as Kubuntu. However, this
| time, I decided to give gOS a spin.
| The version of gOS I used, gOS 3 Gadgets, is built with components from
| Ubuntu 8.04's ("Hardy Heron") repositories. Despite the gOS name and
| integration with Google online apps, the company that makes gOS has no
| affiliation with Google.


Review : gOS 3 Gadgets(beta)

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| Overall comparing with gOS 2.0 , there has been number of important changes
| in gOS 3.0.gOS 3.0 is has become extremely user friendly and feature rich,
| and is probably one of the simplest distribution available for Linux Newbies
| to get themselves acquainted with.


A video tour of gOS Gadgets 3 (beta)

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| gOS is an interesting Ubuntu GNU/Linux offshoot. We've reviewed it and
| interviewed gOS founder Daniel Liu. Now, in this video, you can see the
| distro in action before you decide whether it is something you want to
| download and play with for yourself. Remember that this video was made with a
| beta version of gOS Gadgets 3, so some features don't work correctly that
| will almost certainly be just fine in the final version. That caveat given,
| here's the video.


gOS 3 Gadgets (beta) targets Linux beginners and Google Gadgets lovers

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| If you're looking for a beginner-level GNU/Linux distribution, or one that is
| heavily focused on Internet services, gOS 3.0 is for you. Otherwise, this
| distro won't do much to steal you away from your current one, especially
| since this is mostly a rebranded and rethemed Ubuntu 8.04 with Google Gadgets
| and services thrown in. Still, as a simplistic Web desktop with Google
| Gadgets installed by default, gOS 3.0 may be worth a look.

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