Graphics Archive

Introduction to segusoLand

"segusoLand is a program for GNU/linux that enables users to specify actions in a very uniform and intuitive way. Some people would call segusoLand a "desktop environment", some a "file manager", some a "start menu"... it is difficult to classify it because it is quite innovative. The big innovation of segusoLand is called "intelligent option narrowing". You won't find it anywhere else" says its author Maurizio Colucci. Check the application here and some screenshots here. Make sure you read the other pages too as they provide a lot of information as to what segusoLand really is and what it does.

NBOR Probes Blackspace With Innovation

A few hundred thousand lines of computer code could revolutionise the way people interact with computers, say its unlikely inventor and his backers. Denny Jaeger, a musician and composer who spent the past decade developing the software, will unveil it January 15, when people will be able to download a scaled-down version for free. The public can then decide whether Jaeger is a trailblazing whiz - or a grandiose flop.

The Linux Platform and Modern GUI-based Operating Systems

" I am talking about the architecture, problems that can not be solved without incompatibilities or at least a lot of work. A ‘modern GUI-based OS’ is, for me, a OS that does not require a user to know or use a command line tool, even for rare system-administration tasks. That does not mean that it should be impossible to work with the command line and a text editor, but the command line must not be the only way to do an administration task." Read the article at KDEdevelopers.org.

DesktopX 2.0 Released

DesktopX is a program that lets you design your own desktop by adding "objects" that can do pretty much anything you might imagine for it. Version 2.0 has just been released and it's a radical re-design that has focused on improving the functionality, performance, and memory use of it. If you don't have DesktopX, you can download it on its own here or get it as part of Object Desktop.

Opinion: Themes Getting Under My Skins

Amy Reynolds offers her perspective on the current state of skinning (or thememing as it is also called) one's operating system. As a professional user interface designer, Amy has concerns that the very existance of themes and skins does a dis-service to an operating system or platform. Amy also offers her insight for a hotly debated topic that has been making the rounds on the KDE mailing list which asks, "How configurable should the KDE desktop be?" She characteristically says "I applaud Gnome for having taken the high rode in this case."

GUI vs. CLI: A Qualitative Comparison

It is not fashionable nowadays to speak of the merits of the command line, in an age where things like streaming video and Aqua are an integral part of our daily life. However, I do not think that typed-in commands must necessarily be consigned to the dustbin of computer history. Of course, I am not suggesting that we all drop X and Windows and pretend like we are living in the early eighties. The command line interface still has much to offer us, and many of its benefits simply cannot physically be emulated or even replaced by graphical ones.

Graphics Conference Plays up Interaction; Sketch Recognition

Hay Young, a researcher at the Center for Media Arts at City University of Hong Kong, believes computing should be a full contact sport. Elsewhere, this article describes work being done at MIT on Multi-Domain Sketch Recognition software. The technology allows users to draw basic shapes, and then applies rules to determine what objects the shapes represent and how these objects should behave.

Proposal for a New GTK+/Gnome GUI

A few months ago I was designing the UI of Sequel OS. I am not part of the project anymore, but I kept developing the UI in my free time, just when I was feeling a bit creative. Yesterday, in my Gnome 2 article I mentioned that it would be nice if Gnome/GTK+ adopt a new default theme. So, here is my proposal for the project, mockups seen for the first time in public... Update: One more mockup I just (quickly) created just to show to some readers that the theme is clean when used in a normal app. Update2: Vote for the poll inside. Update3: Download the Gnome window manager theme here.

Create a Window Manager Theme, Get a Free Tech Book

One old Sawfish theme I always admired is "Friday". I liked its concept of having its window manager buttons shaped after the purpose they served (the Min button was a triangle looking down, and the max button a triangle looking up). I modified the theme to my liking (undoubtly it could still be done better by a pro graphics person) and here is its mockup. Update: An alternative design, possibly much better.