Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2007 13:17 UTC, submitted by javaman83
Linux "It has been a hard year around here but steady progress on Symphony has continued. Symphony OS 2007 will be released either late this month or early next month with several major changes: Ubuntu 7.04 base system, Ubiquity installer, Google Gadgets as desklets, and continued performance improvements."
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It's not a new approach. Microsoft tried it years ago with its Active Desktop or something like that, where the whole desktop and file browser and everything was tied to the IE's libraries and rendering engine.

For one thing or the other, it didn't work at the time, (no real productivity, unstability, crashes that would hang the whole GUI, etc).

Now with Ajax technologies and XUL, Flex, Silverlight, etc. we may see a come back of the "active desktop" paradigm... for better or worse.

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