gOS Linux - a very good OS - Overview & tutorial - Page 2


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Post-installation settings

After rebooting, you'll reach the login screen. The installer did not remember the screen resolution setup during the live sessions, so we'll change it once again.

gOS login

And thus we reach the desktop.

gOS installed desktop

Average Linux users might find the lack of standard tools and options slightly frustrating. But there's no reason to panic. Everything is there, only slightly differently arranged.

Let's begin with terminal. How to find it? Well, just like you, it was my first time using gOS Linux. So I tried the conventional method, Alt + F2, hoping to launch the Run window. But in gOS, this merely swaps between the desktops. Okay ... So, I left-clicked on the desktop and chose to Run Command. Then, in the text field, I simply wrote: terminal.

As you can see, the system automatically searches through all available application entries and presents you with the choices. Then, it's the matter of a mouse click to launch the desired program.

gOS run command

We're gonna play with the terminal a bit.

gOS terminal

It is a fully functional Ubuntu terminal. gOS comes with APT (as well as Synaptic), so you can use the familiar tools to get around. For example, sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install build-essential work perfectly just like in any Debian-based distro.

gOS update

gOS build-essential

Now, launching terminal via the left-click > Run Command might be cumbersome. We will add as an icon to our panel as well as to the list of favorite applications (which are accessible via right-click). To do, we will first create an icon for the terminal. In gOS, terminal comes icon-less. Any image will do.

gOS create icon

Now, when we add terminal to the launcher and the favorites, it will show up with the icon we chose. Favorites:

gOS terminal add to favorites

gOS terminal in favorites

Launcher (iBar):

gOS terminal add to launcher

gOS terminal launcher

Finally, you can also pin an application to the desktop, making it appear as if integrated into the wallpaper. I must admit this is a very handy tool I have been looking around for quite a while.

gOS terminal pin to desktop

The same rules apply for just about any application.

Settings

As said earlier, My Settings function allows you to configure anything and everything about the operating systems, including startup programs, fonts, layout of menus, windows and panels, and more.

Applications

gOS has everything the normal user would need to work, including Internet, media and office applications. Below is the screenshot of the GIMP suite, one of the many goodies that come with the distro.

gOS GIMP

gOS does not disappoint even during shutdown.

gOS shutdown logo

Conclusion

gOS is a fast, beautiful distro. It will neatly install in under 2GB space (approx. half the standard Ubuntu), it does not require high-end machines to run well and it offers lots of pleasing visual cues that make the overall experience so much more enjoyable.

Some of the standard Linux touch is inevitably hidden, but it is not lost; merely, it requires a bit of patience getting used to the new environment. On the other hand, this tiny discomfort is easily compensated by superb aesthetics and performance. And let's not forget the goal of gOS - to appeal to the restless minds of young people to whom Linux has been an icon of nerdiness. Not any more.

Google Apps are also a nice touch, allowing a peace of mind to those willing to store their files at a remote server, offering them instant access anywhere. gOS is definitely one of the better surprises for 2008. Let's see what the rest of the year will bring us.

Cheers.

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