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technosaurus


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PostPosted: Sat 16 Aug 2008, 15:31    Post subject:  WebPup
Subject description: Possible to replace the wm with web browser?
 

While developing a Puppy web desktop I discovered an brutally simple hack.
I wanted:
MyComputer link - "file:///"
Mydocuments - "file:///root/my-documents"

that was easy - then I tried opening a .doc file in SeaMonkey - up pops Abiword since it was already associated with doc

So I decide to associate .zzz to Pidgin (randomly chosen) and create a blank test.zzz file - I open it in Seamonkey and up pops Pidgin - awesome.

Now I can make a complete web desktop with access to almost all local puppy programs - unfortunately this version will have to be a puplet unless you go through and associate the file types in Seamonkey exactly the same - unless someone knows what file stores file associations.


I just need to figure out how to completely remove jwm/icewm and get X to go straight to Seamonkey for a more barebones version
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ndujoe1

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PostPosted: Sat 16 Aug 2008, 20:23    Post subject: web desktop  

Interesting concept. Keep working on it.``
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Aug 2008, 08:59    Post subject:  

I like this idea. I'll be watching. Perhaps I will contribute ideas.
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technosaurus


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PostPosted: Sun 17 Aug 2008, 15:03    Post subject:  

I have made some progress on this using 4.1-alpha6

startx (i forget the exact path at the moment).../seamonkey -- :1 <only some applications make it difficult to close or resize this way - tolerable but sometimes annoying

it works with pretty much any other X program to - especially good for running games apparently (Sabayon includes something similar in the boot options to boot straight into playing selected games - works quite well) This may be the future of Linux gaming since it could boot on any PC or Mac as well (no cross platform compiling etc...)... but I digress. I am in information overload right now and am trying to focus on finishing the web desktop for puppy 4.1 which WebPup will be based on.
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aragon

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Aug 2008, 14:05    Post subject:  

hi technosaurus,

you maybe want to look at this

http://www.xpud.org/

as it seems to have your concept.

cheers
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PostPosted: Mon 18 Aug 2008, 17:45    Post subject:  

@technosaurus: if you'd like to, i would be able to help to develop the browser-based interface. I'm into the (x)html and css stuff for about 6/7 years.

bye
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Aug 2008, 22:57    Post subject:  

I now have it working with just X but it randomly(?) picks a window size/placement when programs are opened and movement/resizing can be difficult in many programs so I may need to at least add a really light window manager - any suggestions
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technosaurus


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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug 2008, 00:11    Post subject:  

Desktop is updated now
http://www.openplatformeducation.org/homeb.html
(download to file system for background and icons )
is there any way to scale a background with CSS/html?
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug 2008, 01:41    Post subject:  

Cool

Good stuff
for a while I will be linking to it as 'Glint2' in my signature Smile

I like the refinements and simplicity and also that much of the info is OS independent Smile

It is also good that it is available online - in time we may store in Puppy but for now development as an online resource page is very useful.

You might also be interested in XUL
http://www.xulplanet.com/tutorials/xultu/intro.html
if you intend to stick with Mozilla browser support (Firefox, Flock and
Seamonkey)

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technosaurus


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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug 2008, 11:20    Post subject:  

Thanks Lobster. I'll have to look at XUL since the page doesn't work well with ie anyways and I haven't tried Opera - I'll check that in Pupeez tonight - I think that was from trying to change the background image around so that if you saved it to puppy it would look decent regardless of the default.jpg background included.
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