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General: Distro desktop

Part of the distro's desktop is shown below (the right side is omitted to save space).

The desktop is simple. There's no dancing icons or talking paperclips. However, it's easy to use and gets the job done.

Standard features include drag'n'drop, alt-Tab, multiple workspaces, application tabs, and a workspace pager (the four small rectangles near the lower left corner of the screenshot are associated with four workspaces).

Non-standard features include a built-in VNC (remote access) mode, “single instance” support for many applications, and dual-mode icons.

Dual-mode icons are a minor but useful feature. In many cases, left-clicking on an icon will display a web page that documents the associated program and can be used to run it. Alternatively, dropping a file or folder on the icon will send the file or folder directly to the program.

The CRT icon in the screenshot brings up a terminal session; normally XTerm, but other terminals may be selected. Note: To be clear, this is a CLI-oriented distro. The original developer spent most of his time in XTerm and/or GNU Screen (a useful CLI session manager).

The Programs icon shown in the screenshot opens a folder that contains icons for many of the distro's programs, organized into categories. If a user wants to customize the system, icons may be dragged from categories of interest to the desktop.

There's number of ways to run programs. Users can employ conventional menus (provided by the button in the lower left corner of the desktop), CLI commands, desktop icons, icons in the Programs tree, and web pages provided by a built-in search engine.



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As mentioned above, the Programs folder organizes tools into categories. For example, here's a math tools section:



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And here's part of an E-Text library:



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The distro provides a number of Linux web browsers, though not Chromium as of yet. There's also one browser that's for MS-Windows users only (winbrowser in the screenshot below).

Note: The screenshot shows MSIE6 and MSIE7 icons, but these two browsers aren't included in release copies of the distro. If users possess MS-Windows licenses, MSIE6 and MSIE7 can be installed under Linux starting with official EXEs, but they're Microsoft products and so they can't be distributed.



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On a related note, here's a text-mode browser named Lynx. Why use a text-mode browser? Well, it's fast and there's almost no ads. Additionally, developers sometimes need to work in text mode. Lynx works well both inside and outside XOrg.



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Here's the MS-Windows web browser mentioned previously. Note: You can get it for free at this link.



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As noted previously, there's a built-in search engine that indexes some of the software provided:



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Large versions of the distro include Schools Wikipedia (a complete encyclopedia based on a snapshot of Wikipedia):



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There's two main E-mail clients: Claws Mail, which is similar to Outlook Express®, and Thunderbird, which is comparable to MS-Outlook®. Here's a screenshot of the first program:



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One goal is to be able to run a wide range of programs, so the system includes a DOS emulator, Wine (which can run MS-Windows programs natively on the desktop), and VirtualBox (which can run entire operating systems).

Here's Puppy Linux, running under VirtualBox, running under my distro:



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