I have been tinkering with this idea of a web desktop for years and I started to play around with it around 2006. However I thought well, that is just too simple and some one else will roll this thing out and it will really rule, so I should not waste my spare time on it.
Well, it turns out there have been plenty of great projects for some time but one by one of those projects disappeared and I felt there is a missing piece now which brings together the endless possibilities with reality.
In this talk I will go over the technologies available, and used within my project. I will take a look at some similar projects, and I will talk a lot about what I plan in doing with this project, and what the possibilities can be.
After registering an account with the site, you may decide you want to go with a brighter theme than the default. So the site has been populated with about a dozen alternative themes that you can set from your user account.
To do this:
Your default theme is now changed whenever you log in.
NOTE: You may have trouble viewing all of the "extra" content with a non-standard theme.
Really? I understand the need to get the word out about a product, but I don't seem to remember any "gmail" commercials. Is this the right direction to go? Should we get used to this? Is google just wasting money?
This site has been created on an entirely open source stack, from the underlying highly customized Debian Linux operating system, to the Apache web server, to the Drupal CMS everything here was built on open technologies.
Even the site theme(look and feel) is a project which was originally built as a closed source product by Top Notch Themes, which was bought by Dries Buytaert and licensed out to everyone under the GPLv2. The original theme was called "Aquia Slate" but it has been forked into a theme meant to pseudo-emulate the command line terminal called, "Terminal Obsession" which is also open source and can be found at Google Code.