What exactly IS arkOS? It’s a Linux-based server OS that runs on Raspberry Pi hardware with hopes to expand to other platforms eventually. arkOS is meant to be an OS that replaces all of Google’s services – from email to chat, file sharing and web hosting, arkOS purports to do all the things that Google or any other cloud company can do… securely.
How did this start? When Google Reader was shut down, arkOS founder 23-year-old Jacob Cook decided to build something reliable that is not subject to shutting down:
“Google, while it is a great service that has done wonderful things for the Web, is showing some troubling signs,” … “Their shutdown of Google Reader earlier this year means that none of the services [we] rely upon are sacrosanct if they are not profitable enough for them.”