Sunday, October 19, 2008
Interface changes on PC/OS and the use of Prism
Well we decided to go to a single shelf interface on PC/OS. This is not the only release that has a single shelf. PC/OS Appliance also has a single shelf. On that release its to save screen real estate on the smaller screens. Surprisingly enough the response has been overwhelmingly positive. This includes the beta testers and the control group as well as corporate users. The ia_ora theme and the Moheli theme also seem to be well recieved so this is what we will go with. This should end the "interface war" and welcome in the new professional look that many users have been longing for. The new default wallpaper will be the one represented in the screenshot but will be blue. This has been derived from the KDE 4 wallpaper used in a couple of distributions. This will be the last interface change for awhile. All releases will have the same.
The use of Prism will be the new delivery mechanism for web apps. No longer will Firefox launch when using web apps. Gears will still be included for use with Google Docs. I have realized the inclusion of Live Mail and live maps has not been popular. Well thats going to change a bit, Google Maps is the most used map app on PC/OS so live maps will be removed. Live Mail will remain, like I said, I know anything by Microsoft isnt necessarily a popular choice but considering OpenDesktop is used by new users who are used to and want Live Mail. I may consider support for Outlook Web Access at a later time and if I can get some if any help from Microsoft. I do consider support for Microsoft services paramount and will support them when I can and depending on Microsoft themselves.
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