= G =
[prob. from folklore's `golden egg']
When used to describe a magnetic medium (e.g., `golden disk',
`golden tape'), describes one containing a tested, up-to-spec,
ready-to-ship software version. Compare platinum-iridium.
One may also "go gold", which is the act of releasing a golden
version. The gold color of many CDROMs is a coincidence; this term
was well established a decade before CDROM distribution become
common in the mid-1990s.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.