Google Pushing Linux Adoption via Partnership with Good OS, Others

Lora Bentley

We know Good OS as the maker of the gOS, which first debuted in 2007 on the Everex gPC, the low-cost Linux-based machine that sold out at Walmart and in a matter of days.


On Wednesday, Good OS president David Liu announced the arrival of gOS 3.0 Beta. The newest version comes with "instant access to Google Gadgets" and other apps from Google, according to the gOS Web site. InfoWorld reports Google worked closely with gOS developers specifically to integrate Google Gadgets into the newest release. The mini-applications allow users to play games and check wireless signal strength or battery power from the desktop.


The work Google has done with Good is just the latest in its effort to push its applications (Google Docs and Picasa, for example) into Linux, and by doing so, to increase Linux adoption overall. Interestingly, though, Google tries not to be "visibly present" in collaboration with software vendors, InfoWorld's Agam Shah says.


That's almost funny, considering Google is so visible everywhere else.

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