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gOS alternative?

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You know, I'll be giving gOS a whirl. I put it to download right now while I'll watch GLM's latest presentation. While I am aware that it is filled with Google centered and even proprietary stuff (which I don't like, of course), it wouldn't be the first time that things which I principally wouldn't use and support or wouldn't even like so much inspire certain ideas which could be put to something positive.

And before even trying it, one idea, or perhaps just something I think I would desire, is an alternative to gOS in terms of having a polished OS around Enlightenment E17, but even perhaps building in integration to various web services, but services built around Free Software and decentralized computing rather than proprietary centralized giants like Google.

Wouldn't that be nice?

Anyway, I'll report on what I think about gOS itself when I try it.

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even perhaps building in integration to various web services, but services built around Free Software and decentralized computing rather than proprietary centralized giants like Google.

Wouldn't that be nice?

It would be great, but are there such services ???
I've been trying to look for any.. but didn't have much luck.

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Well I must say I am at

Well I must say I am at loss myself as well for some of them, but I know that for email at least there should definitely be some alternatives to gmail. This article, which is also relevant here, mentions Crumb and Loaf as some sort of social networking alternatives and a well known Jabber for IM.

Also, most of the desktop applications in gOS actually are Free Software. Exceptions may be flash and Skype, but of them the former has an alternative in development (gnash) and latter actually has a few alternatives (Gizmo, Ekiga, OpenWengo..).

But I think it's still worth talking about. Sooner the issues are known the sooner there may be enough drive to develop alternatives.

The way I imagine it most of these online applications should be decentralized and freely deployable by the user if (s)he wishes to, like Jabber. So, say you want to do office work using online applications, and you happen to have an always-on home server, you could possibly install it in a matter of few clicks and have it ready on that home server and there you go, a web application hosted by you. If you don't want to do that there may be plenty of others to use, just as there are plenty of jabber servers you can sign up to for IM. The bottom line is, it is not controlled by any one company because the software is free, and the data is in open standard file formats. Anyone can deploy it and anyone can use it.

Btw, I think gOS, with its marketing and quick success is positioning itself as an unique alternative to not just Windows, but OS X. As Windows continues it developmental downfall there are only OS X and GNU/Linux left in town, and from the GNU/Linux camp I would dare to say gOS currently has best marketing. Some people who may have been drooling over Macs or Mac OS X might actually end up being drawn to gOS because of its simplicity, beauty and yet uniqueness in that it is going with minimalism and web applications which seems to be perceived as the way of future.

And the whole marketing campaign of gOS seems to suggest they are targeting OS X. Even the three letter name suggests that.

This is going to get very interesting!

I'm actually considering switching to gOS, because it is the best E17 implementation I've seen and because I am curious about seeing what could I accomplish by removing proprietary software and modifying links to better alternatives. Also, I love the idea of it spending less CPU and memory and running even faster! Smiling

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Also, most of the desktop applications in gOS actually are Free Software. Exceptions may be flash and Skype, but of them the former has an alternative in development (gnash) and latter actually has a few alternatives (Gizmo, Ekiga, OpenWengo..).

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There's also SwfDec for Flash.
I don't know if they are working together with Gnash, but I discovered it recently while searching for a Live distro with Flash support.

The only such distro I found was Sabayon Linux.
Does gOS also offer a Live CD/DVD with Flash support?

P.S: Sabayon Linux really amazed me: It offers games like Nexuiz, Warsow, etc directly in the Grub menu and also a special anonymous surfing option (loads the same desktop as normal mode, but with some anonymity stuff I suppose).
[only downside is that this all takes a full DVD]

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last time I tried Linux

last time I tried Linux Mint flash was supported.
It was based on Ubuntu 7.04 back then. I think it's still included.

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