So as I posted in the thread "Fusion OS - What Happened", I have been thinking about working on a new Linux project but taking a less ambitious stance to it compared to last time. Fusion OS had good goals and I think a lot of what you see will reflect that, however, this project does not aim to become an entire OS. This project is a series of applications that I (and the community) feel need attention. My ultimate goal is to be able to replace most system apps with ones from this project, providing a consistent (in both function and design) user experience for the user. So how am I going to do this?
1. One big problem with Fusion OS was web presence, the website was either not up, incomplete or was not utilized. So how will this be fixed this time around? The way I have come up with to solve this is to make sure all the websites are created and in a state where they can be used before I even start the development phase of the project. A big problem last time was we had a semi-working bug tracker/ticketing system that was not utilized and also we had a project manager that no one on the team used because it was never completed. So, to solve this the website will be done first. (and it is almost completed) Below is an image of the homepage currently.
2. We will have a working forum to serve as a place to share ideas, create community, report bugs and to provide support for the project. I think this is imperative for a successful project. Without community, we have nothing. There is no project without users. Below is an image of the forum as it sits right now, I am taking plenty of time to theme it to match the main site and also anyone can login with Google, Twitter or Facebook accounts for convenience. ALSO both the forums and the main website are themed using Bootstrap, so they are 100% fluid.
3. The applications. My first goal for this project is to narrow it down to a couple apps that need attention, I stated before I was going to start with the Settings application, a web browser, and a file browser. This can change but I am going to come up with the concepts and take feedback before coding starts. This will be very much a project of see what works and then improve on it even more. Below is a concept of the settings application.
4. The last thing I have to share at the moment is that you may have noticed the button on the top-left corner of the title bar. I want to consilidate all of the file, edit, view, etc. menus into one button on the top. Think the FireFox button or the File button on MS Ribbon. I also want to change the names, why still are we calling these menus, File, Edit, View, Options. Just because its not broken doesn't mean it doesn't need fixed. My proposal would be to name them something a bit more descriptive of what is contained within the sub-menus. Attached below is an idea of what I mean and also a Note app
Finally, things to note:
- This is an attempt to create a consistent, coherent, and modern interpretation of Linux. (I know there will be comparisions to MS Modern (Metro) and the Flat trend)
- The name is Linux flo (pronounced 'flow') simply because the interface should flow from one instance to the next without interruption.
- Currently I am using the "Ubuntu Light" font but this is subject to change if something better comes along.
- If anyone is interested in helping with this project or with the websites PLEASE let me know!!
- COMMENT any suggestions or ideas you want to see in this project, I want feedback!
PS: An icon set will be essential to this project, the icons you see above are made from a combination of my work and the open source icon framework called IonIcons.
Thanks for reading and please look out for more,