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gOS Rocket Improves Cheap PC OS, Adds Webcam Support

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The Ubuntu Linux-based OS that came with those sub-$200 Everex gPCs sold at Wal-Mart also now gets gBooth webcam software, online storage from Box.net, and some Facebook integration, so Google isn't the only one joining the "g" party.

In a move mimicking its Linux distro siblings, gOS adds Virtual Desktops, which let you group sets of applications across multiple desktops. This seems to be the only actual OS enhancement that's not drawn from an external service like Google, though the gOS desktop has also been redesigned with new wallpaper, icons, and a digital clock. Ease of use and beauty of interface design are points of pride for Good: "With the release of Rocket, the gOS team has once again shown the industry how to make a great looking operating system intuitive and easy to use," claims Paul Kim, director of marketing for Everex.

Flash 9 is now pre-loaded, addressing a major complaint in PC Magazine's review of the gPC. This should reduce the number of service calls from that non-techy relative of yours.

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