Android on Mini Laptops

Android sounds like a robot, but it is actually a Linux distribution by Google. Acer, the third largest PC maker will offer Android to its mini laptops. It will compete with several Linux distributions like gOS, Linpus and Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix among others. Most of all, Google is now a competitor of Microsoft in the OS market. Currently, most mini laptops are powered by Windows XP since Vista, Microsoft’s flagship OS is too slow and resource hungry to run the underpowered mini laptops. The Android offering is going to be attractive to consumers since Google already has the brand, the online office applications and Chrome, its own browser.

Intel Moblin 2.0

What is Intel Moblin 2.0? Intel Moblin 2.0 is a Linux distribution built on top of Fedora and Gnome’s desktop environment. Moblin 2.0 will compete with Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system as well as with Google’s Android in the mini notebook market.

Recently, the Moblin project was turned over by Intel to the Linux Foundation in order to gain more community support. Moblin 2.0 main draw is simplicity and ease of use. The distro is somewhat similar to gOS, which essentially is Google applications running on top of the Ubuntu desktop.

gOS 3 Gadgets

gOS 3 Gadgets is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 8.04.1. The package contain applications or Google gadgets like Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Skype, Pidgin, YouTube, WikiPedia, Blogger and the Open Office Presentation, Spreadsheet and Word Processor.

In addition, Wine is installed allowing thousands of Windows application to run under Linux like Photoshop, Internet Explorer, etc. Prism, a new application by Mozilla is also installed allowing web application to be split from the browser and run directly on the gOS desktop. Google Mail, Calendar, Documents and YouTube are run through Prism.

Give gOS 3 Gadgets distribution a try. Just download the ISO from the gOS website. Burn the ISO to a CD drive. Place the CD in the drive and reboot the computer. Select start or “install gOS.” Once gOS is loaded, click the “install” icon to begin installation. When finished, just reboot.

If you are an experienced Ubuntu user, it takes a little bit to get used to gOS menu’s, icons, and window controls. gOS reminds me so much of Mac in terms of the icons, navigation and controls. But you can’t go wrong with gOS since it is built on top of a solid Ubuntu distribution.