"One of the reoccurring ideas in revisions of the desktop is to
tie it more closely to the Internet. The idea was last popular in
the late 1990s, when one example of it was the use of KDE's
Konqueror for both web browsing and file management. Now, with the
GNOME Online Desktop (GOD), the idea has been revived to reflect
the rise of social networks and file sharing. The revisions to the
standard GNOME desktop are easy to learn, but how you view them
will probably depend on how much you participate in the phenomena
they're designed to accommodate.
"Currently in alpha release, GOD is best tested in a
distribution that uses GNOME 2.20, such as Fedora 8. In Fedora 8,
it requires three packages: online-desktop, mugshot, and bigboard
(the exact names may vary with your distribution). If these
packages are unavailable in your distro, you can use the
instructions at live.gnome.org to compile the programs for
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