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LinuxWorld: Simply useful - Meet some spare and powerful desktops for Linux

May 26, 2000, 22:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

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"If I were configuring a desktop for others, I might use something like the incredibly flexible Enlightenment desktop. It creates a specialized environment that feels more like an appliance than a computer. I'm not sure how to describe what I envision, but it might help to think of it as the PalmPilot approach to the PC desktop. I'm not talking about the precise way the PalmPilot implements its user interface; it's the concept of simplicity and specialization I'm after. Ideally, I would try to replace the traditional icons and cascading menus with a few simple visual gadgets that start only the handful of specialized applications my users need."

"I started thinking in these terms when the Stardock Corporation's Brad Wardell paid me a visit recently. Brad asked for a tour of Linux window managers and then showed me some of the Windows software he had in the works."

"In case the company name doesn't ring a bell, Stardock is best known for its OS/2 desktop-enhancement software package, called Object Desktop. Well, that's not strictly true; Stardock is probably most widely known for its OS/2 games, starting with the blockbuster hit Galactic Civilizations. But the Stardock product most relevant to business use is Object Desktop. The version for OS/2 is a set of object-oriented user interface tools that fill in all the gaps in the OS/2 Workplace Shell, and then some. Once people get their hands on Object Desktop, they can no longer live without it."

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