Étoilé

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Étoilé
Etoile logo and wordmark.svg
Etoiledock.png
Étoilé CVS screenshot showing Azalea plus the MenuServer and the dock, with the Nesedah theme.
Developer(s) Étoilé developers
Stable release 0.4.2 / 11 April 2012
Written in Objective-C
Operating system Unix-like
Type Desktop environment
License MIT/BSD[1]
Website etoileos.com

Étoilé (French for starry) is a GNUstep-based free software desktop environment built from the ground up on highly modular and light components with project and document orientation in mind, in order to allow users to create their own workflow by reshaping or recombining provided services (applications), and other components.[2]

Étoilé avoids many of the conventional desktop metaphors in favor of a higher-level representation of objects. This helps it represent objects that are not traditionally mapped onto files, such as people. Étoilé also hopes to avoid the inflexibility of file names and hierarchies by allowing users to tag objects and maintain a collection of objects (instead of relying on folders).[3]

Mockup of what Étoilé might look like with a Mac OS X-like style.

Goals[edit]

The project's goals are:

  • Light, focused applications.
  • Fast, simple data sharing between tasks and documents, with few context switches, such as between applications, between windows, and using selection.
  • Facility to composite, layout unrelated elements in first-class objects like documents, folders, etc.
  • Work flow based on project-inspired management (versioning, indexing, sharing)
  • Assistant technology similar to Apple Newton's approach.

GNUstep cooperation[edit]

The project cooperates with the GNUstep project. It provides frameworks, human interface guidelines and documentation to permit GNUstep developers to easily develop Étoilé compliant applications (called "services") (see Services menu).

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