Hereby I announce, as part of a New Year's resolution, the promise of SALE, a collection of SHELL scripts allowing for deployment of a quite sane and pretty minimalistic E16 based desktop solution.
SALE stands for 'Sane Arch Linux Environment' and it is not intended as a general purpose solution. For such we tend to recommend state of the art GNOME environments above all else. The 'new' desktop paradigm is actually very functional. Drop the guard and the assumptions for a few moments and give it a try is our advice on the subject. The SALE's aim is creation of a simple, tailored and purpose-specific solution for laptop deployment scenarios. Collection of hand-picked graphical utilities will be included, allowing for a smooth everyday workflow in an elegant manner. More details are yet to come, in the meantime have a look at the proposed solution's screenshot.
I will let you draw your own conclusions. I do think the screenshot above actually uncovers quite a lot of the underlying principles and the proposed design choices. Just to clarify, no 'panels' of any kind are present nor necessary. Various menus are accessed via the desktop or the screen edge mouse clicks. The traditional keyboard shortcuts are also provided. The user is free to choose the preffered method of interaction with the desktop. In our opinion the above design choices unleashed the full power and potential of a clutter-free desktop solution allowing for an extremely usable and pleasant experience. The choice of E16 as the window manager is by no means random, in our opinion it remains one of the best examples of the 'do the one thing and do it well' principle in the desktop domain.
SALE is to be expected rather later than sooner, at the minute most of my time is taken by fullfilment of various tasks and obligations. 'Life happens and it gets in the way', as one of my lecturers used to say, very true Loretto.
Any thoughts, suggestions etc. you are very welcome to drop us an email.