Custom ("Active") Desktop?
I'm making a computer for my mom and would like to create a custom desktop for her with the following content:
I would also like to incorporate a launcher for her commonly used apps and locations, while hiding the built-in (desktop manager's) "start" menu, panels/trays, etc.
The ultimate goal is to put *everything* she needs/uses on her desktop - one-stop shopping - while hiding everything else (which only serves to confuse her.)
I would prefer to do this using an "Active Desktop" such that the entire desktop is essentially a web page and I have full control over content and layout. Is there something I can install that will give me this capability? Alternatively, if there's something that provides a robust framework for embeddable desktop widgets (hopefully with the ability to easily create my own), that could probably work as well.
Thanks for your help, suggestions and comments!
I can't vouch for every function you've listed, but my guess is that KDE will get you closest to what you want. There are tons of plasma widgets out there for email, RSS, showing arbitrary web pages, etc.
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=jolios says in part "Joli OS features include heavy orientation towards web application and services, online backup option, web-based software installation interface, inclusion of proprietary hardware drivers and non-free media codecs, and extensive social networking features."
might be just the ticket?
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