1) Its fun, has a OSX like dock, and many extras, and runs on older
systems with just 256MB of RAM, and simple Video hardware. If you have
(lets say) 1GB of RAM, and a new Nvidea video card, you might be
better off with Ubuntu 9.10 with Compiz, and the AWN dock (for Mac
afficinados's use mac4lin), but for older (desktop) systems its ideal.
3) Obviously yes, gOS has a very nice e-mail client.
4) No need for any Anti-virus scanners, unless you want to scan e-mail
for others for Windows virii.
5) it generally supports all the Languages that Ubuntu (hardy heron)
supports, and I'm not sure, but I believe Chinese is supported, not
sure about Persian. BUT, the language switch does NOT influence gOS
own menu's which remain in the only language supported, English. You
can try it with the Live CD, without installing.
6) Yes, gOS recognizes all hardware fully automatically, all hardware
for which Linux drivers are available are detected on startup,
including printers and such. Put in a new Video card (for example),
reboot, and gOS will simply use it. One exception, gOS always defaults
to a simple CRT monitor, this limits the initial screen resolution to
800x600. After choosing the correct monitor with a (hidden) menu
program ("screens and graphics"), you can set any supported
resolution. (use "main-menu" menu editor to unhide the screens and
graphics menu). gOS has built in drivers, for almost all hardware,
with the notable exception for WiFi dongles, of which some brands have
refused to allow Linux drivers.
8) You can use a "virtual-PC" program under gOS, (a free one), but
many windows programs work on gOS because it includes WINE.
9) No websites needed, gOS can install almost all (non-commercial)
Linux software directly from online "Software warehouses" called
"repositories", using its built in software installer "Synaptics", or
using its simple application installer. "add-remove", just choose the
software you want installed, and click one button. Exceptions are
commercial programs, like Adobe flash player. gOS comes with many such
programs already installed.
10), no the gOS live CD contains the complete Linux system.
11) With some restrictions you can use older Windows versions, using
Wine, or you can use the Linux equivalent, "The Gimp" which comes pre-
13) there are many, and they support all formats known to man. gOS
comes with several media players for audio, and video, for Video I
suggest installing VLC.
14) No, its not available (yet), when it is it should be possible.
17) for a start you can read this:
this is also a nice introduction:
17 No (but yes, for older versions using WINE), but gOS comes with
alternative messenger software that can cope with many protocols,
including MSN and Yahoo. If you insist on a MSN work-alike, I
recommend installing gMSN.
Good luck, and have fun.