Howto install gOS on Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu

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The gOS distribution is based on the Ubuntu 7.10 distribution. It uses the Enlightenment 17 window manager instead of the usual GNOME or KDE desktops, allowing for lower memory and speed requirements. Therefore gOS starts to work reasonably well on systems as low end as a 1GHz Pentium III with 256MB RAM. Due to the fact it leans heavy on on-line applications built on Web 2.0 and AJAX technology it also does not use much hard disk space for applications, the whole system fits comfortably in less than 2 GB of hard disk space.

Open your sources.list file add the gOS Repositories

For Ubuntu Users

gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Kubuntu Users

kdesu kate /etc/apt/sources.list

For Xubuntu Users

gksu mousepad /etc/apt/sources.list

Enter these lines

# gOS Repositories

deb painful main
deb-src painful main

Import the key


sudo apt-key add gos_repo_key.asc

rm gos_repo_key.asc

sudo aptitude update

Install gOS on Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install greenos-desktop xorg

Remove gOS on Ubuntu

The following will then remove the entire Environment for you.

sudo aptitude remove greenos-desktop

The Environment will be available from the Sessions menu

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15 Responses

  1. Yuvaraj says:

    Hi, I have amd64 Gutsy. The repos does not seem to have greenos-desktop for 64-bit OS!!

  2. admin says:

    This only works with 32 bit because gOS is not available in 64 bit.

  3. lomo says:

    Hi guys,

    Thanks a lot for such a wonderful website for newbees like me. I learned her many wonderful things about how powerful xubuntu is. I installed the gOS, as you described, everything worked like charme, but the problem is that i do not know, how to configure is my laptop keyboard (danish, i cannot type “@”, for example, i had to copied from a website). Another little problem is that menu does not like the original menu from gOS.(flashy, with online apllications and stuff). Anyway thanks

  4. Jon says:

    e17 has lower memory requirements?! I’d love to see that substantiated.

  5. Stephan Beal says:

    e17 certainly has lower memory requirements than KDE (EVERYTHING has lower mem requirements than KDE, though i love and use KDE daily). Whether or not it has lower memory requirements than Gnome’s default WM, who can say. When Enlightenment started development (i think i first tried it in 1999 or 2000), it was only targeting machines with fairly high-end graphics cards.

  6. Robert Ross says:

    I am pretty certain that gOS uses GNOME now anyway.

  7. jack martin says:

    I’m retired so I have the time to check things out. gOS is great. I have it installed on an old desktop in my garage, it picked up wireless (Belkin card) right away which was unexpected.
    Streaming radio is a problem WSM nashville my favorite cannot be played no matter how I try
    (I like to listen while I tinker with my car (1983 Porsche 928s).
    Ubuntu-restricted-extras which used to set me up appears not to be available to gOS.
    (I don’t have this problem with Ubuntu 7.10 or the 8.04 upgrade) Is there a solution

  8. jay says:

    Real newbie here. I copied the 1st line for Ubuntu into sources.list. Also does this line,gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list, go as the very last entry in the list.
    I cannot import the keys either when i click on software sources and the authenication tab.

  9. dreikin says:

    Jay: No –
    1) gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    is meant to be used in a terminal to open the sources.list file.

    A terminal can usually be found in the accessories or system tools application menus, or by typing ‘+’ and then ‘gnome-terminal’ (ubuntu/xubuntu) or ‘konsole’ (kde).

    2) After that, you then add:
    # gOS Repositories

    deb painful main
    deb-src painful main

    into the file, save, and close.

    3) Then, in the terminal again, you type

    sudo apt-key add gos_repo_key.asc

    rm gos_repo_key.asc

    sudo aptitude update
    hitting enter (or return) after each line, and waiting for the prompt to return before putting in the next line.

    4) Then, finally, you type (in the terminal)
    sudo aptitude install greenos-desktop xorg
    to install gOS.
    As a note, it’s more typical to use ‘apt-get’ instead of ‘aptitude’, since apt-get is used in all distros, but, eg, adept is used in place of aptitude in kubuntu.

  10. matt says:

    will this work for powerpc versions of these distros? I have xubuntu installed on a ps3 and was wondering if i could install the gOS environment? thanks

  11. sam says:

    when I do sudo apt-key add gos_repo_key.asc it says: gdm: can’t open ‘gos_repo_key.asc’ no such file or directory. what should I do?

  12. Steve says:

    gOS have removed the ‘’ file – this prevents anyone from installing (or in my case removing) it :o(

  13. Tim says:

    When I run sudo apt-key add gos_repo_key.asc I get this error: gdm: no valid OpenPGP data found. I am running Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  14. Billy Waters says:

    Do I need to install Ubuntu fist before I install gOS? Or can I install gOS by itself?

  15. Jase says:

    Billy Waters says:
    November 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Do I need to install Ubuntu fist before I install gOS? Or can I install gOS by itself?

    Nope, ubuntu is not required, but I would recommend you do get ubuntu and add gOS that way as then you are up to date.

    I am getting this message:

    jase@natasha-laptop:~$ wget
    –2011-10-16 18:17:13–
    Connecting to||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
    2011-10-16 18:17:14 ERROR 404: Not Found.

    Can someone say in more detail of the sources.list part and how exactly I should be doing it.

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