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NIMH Labs Antioche's Desktop Environment ------------------------------ ADE is a desktop environment meant to be based around a resource lite QT4 arrangement. ADE's goal is to be able to run a feature intensive QT4 desktop on various older computer systems. ADE is not a Window Manager. ADE generally is to be ran ontop of another WM such as Openbox, Fluxbox, Metacity, Enlightenments' Window Manager, Compiz, KWin, etc. It should be noted that we do not currently plan to support Rat Poison. That would seem to be a form of lunacy in our regards. ADE based on our definition of Desktop Environment is merely a set of software designed to run together and interact. Any such requirements to render and update windows are the job of the toolkits, WM and implementation of the X11 server. We are merely adding to the list of DE (~7..11) that are available and not the list of WM (>9000). This needs to be noted. Since this will be done using QT4--most colour schemes/themes that use QT4 type systems and ideas should work just fine with ADE. Current planned components of ADE ADE Navigation Panel: The is where everything is grabbed and launched in ADE. It is the corner stone for this Desktop Environment, The ADE Navigation Panel prolly can be best thought of as several navigation panels. The main one allows you to grab a Navigation Panel based on files on various mediums in the computer. Another allows you to open files based on the psuedo medium of your application menu. Another allows you to go to certain workspaces, and interact with various windows in those work spaces. Most DEs would end up having these as a menu of some form. This mostly just opens them up as a new taskbar or iconlist. ADE Dynamic Workspaces One of ADE's goals is to ease workspace management. Rather than having a specific set of Workspaces defined, ADE takes the idea that a Workspace is simply a group of similarly themed Applications. So Workspaces/Groups will be made on the fly. A user can take a Window and tell it that it is part of a new group of some name. When a group is empty, the group will be removed. ADE File Browser Sometimes, using the ADE Navigation Panel may not be the best manner to go through the files on the user's system. This provides an alternative. ADE Web Browser This is simply meant to be a lighter Web Browser for use with ADE. Making use of Webkit and some form of ECMAscript interpretor that has yet to be decided. Tabs for ADE Web Browser will register themselves onto the ADE Navigation Panel if currently in ADE. Otherwise, it will simply note the tabs inside the ADE Window. ADE Web Browser will mostly take hints and ideas from the UI work in Chromium. We may also allow for scripting to be available in ADE via Mono, the JVM and Parrot. ADE Terminal Not much planned here. Still trying to figure out this one for what we will be doing. We may simply just use Konsole until we can figure out something better. ADE Network Systems ADE is capable of associating Network mediums with local mediums. Generally being setup to see a system accessible via SSH or FTP as looking like something that is local to the computer ADE is on. ADE will be set up to eventually be able to understand Gopher, Archie and Telnet based filesystems in the future. ADE Mount Manager ADE will also have a local mount manager that will handle mounting of any system that the local system has the knowledge to properly mount. ADE Network Manager ADE will also have a form of Network Manager. Most likely a port of the other forms of Network Managers. ADE Software System ADE will be able to make use of Yum and Apt based libraries. ADE will also have its own software distribution system for media to be used within ADE. We have no plans to replace either Yum or Apt at this time. At best, compliment them, in a manner similar to CPAN or GEM. Note: ADE plans to have a future ability to keep track of software purchases using ADE.