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An introduction to Igelle 1.0

Mar 29, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)

"DW: According to the product's website, Igelle doesn't use KDE or GNOME but a new technology called Esther. Could you tell us why the developers chose Esther?

"MK: Esther was custom-developed just for the purpose of being the Igelle desktop. We did look at all the existing desktops, including KDE and GNOME, as well as LXDE and Xfce, and there are many really cool things in all of them. But since Igelle is unique in what it aims to do and be, none of them were really a perfect fit. Esther's purpose and vision is to provide the same familiar experience across all the targeted devices from desktops, laptops through netbooks to tablets, mobile devices and phones. Of course we are not yet completely done with all that, so expect to see more exciting things in the upcoming versions of Esther.

"This doesn't of course mean that Esther is an island of it's own. We share a lot in common with, especially, GNOME, LXDE and Xfce, not the least of which is the GTK+ toolkit. Through that, for example, many apps that are called GNOME-something, that are really GTK+ applications, are well at home in the Esther desktop. And we even include in the default desktop of Igelle many common apps and utilities that are included in either GNOME, LXDE and/or Xfce. But it's mixed and matched in a way that suits the purpose and philosophy of Igelle."

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