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Old 03-25-2004, 10:17 PM   #1
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Suns' "Looking Glass" desktop environment


Has any one seen this yet? How freaking cool.... I haven't been this excited about a piece of software since... well.... Never!!!

http://wwws.sun.com/software/looking_glass/index.html

You gotta check out the previews.....

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/xtreme/shows.html - .mp4

http://wwws.sun.com/software/looking_glass/demo.html - realplayer

Man..... I can't wait......
 
Old 03-25-2004, 10:33 PM   #2
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Wow, that's really cool! The whole background moving thing kinda turned me off, but other than that, that's totally awesome!
 
Old 03-25-2004, 10:37 PM   #3
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It does sound really cool, even though there doesn't seem to be a practical application for it. But that doesn't really matter when you have a 3d desktop. It must really tax the system resources though. Now all we need is hologram projectors for monitors, and we would be set.
 
Old 03-25-2004, 10:46 PM   #4
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Now all we need is hologram projectors for monitors, and we would be set.
http://www.io2technology.com/images-videos.htm


I really dig that desktop.. It has all the functionality of a regular OS.... Sure theres a practical application for it.... The multiple desktop panoramic thing is really cool..... I like that alot....
 
Old 03-26-2004, 12:27 AM   #5
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Oooo! That's the hotness.
 
Old 03-26-2004, 03:12 AM   #6
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it doesn't look all that exiting to me (probably cause the borders are green!), but really?, all that moving of the windows in this rotation and that?, is that really necessary?, and it really makes it usable on newer computers only i must think,

plus how is its usability?, having to keep track of this and that?, seems like you'd spend more time just organizing the windows rather then doing productive tasks (like listen to music!, watch videos!, surf the web!, play games! ANYTHING BUT ORGANIZING WINDOWS!!!!!)
 
Old 03-26-2004, 12:48 PM   #7
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it doesn't look all that exiting to me (probably cause the borders are green!), but really?, all that moving of the windows in this rotation and that?, is that really necessary?, and it really makes it usable on newer computers only i must think,
If all you want is what is necessary, you'd just be using the CLI. As for it only working on new computers, I doubt it. The effects don't look too advanced. A decent graphics card should handle it. I'm pretty sure Sun aims to make money off of this, but if I just bought a new Linux box, I'd certainly fork over some dough for such a unique interface, assuming it's reasonably priced, and I'm able to turn off the more obnoxious features.

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plus how is its usability?, having to keep track of this and that?, seems like you'd spend more time just organizing the windows rather then doing productive tasks (like listen to music!, watch videos!, surf the web!, play games! ANYTHING BUT ORGANIZING WINDOWS!!!!!)
There's nothing more to go on but looks at this point. Until you've tried it, you can't really comment on its usability. Remember, these are just demo shots. It will no doubt be different when it's released. Besides, how much time do most people spend configuring Fluxbox until they get it the way they want it?

I'm not trying to be a Sun worshiper or defend their products, but that post just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me(no offense, of course).

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Old 03-26-2004, 01:03 PM   #8
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With the 3d desktop and the holographic monitor plus the AR tech from that website, things would be so good. They better hurry up, because I want it now!
 
Old 03-26-2004, 05:44 PM   #9
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Just slightly concerned by the line "built on java technology"!! AGH!
 
Old 03-26-2004, 06:39 PM   #10
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That desktop, VOLUMETRIC holographic monitor = Imagine walking among your programs instead of looking at them *begins drooling now*
 
Old 03-26-2004, 08:16 PM   #11
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Project Looking Glass is not a product and can not be purchased now. Project Looking Glass is part of the advanced development at Sun Microsystems. We're using it to influence our product plans; interest people in new technology; and gain new ideas to ultimately shape what we do in the future. Some of the results gained from this project will get integrated into future versions of the Sun Java Desktop System. Please join our mailing list to keep up to date on Project Looking Glass's progress.
"...they believe will change the way we interact with computers, and in the end elevate the popularity of Linux in general" - That's a very good sign.

"...combination of open source and open standards will lower costs, reduce complexity, increase productivity and virtually eliminate virus attacks" - That's a very good sign too. If you aren't aware of what "open standards" means, look here:
http://perens.com/OpenStandards/Definition.html

Basically we can expect this software to be free, when it is finally released (My estimate would be mid-2005 to 2006... seeing as how the Developmental Kit will be available in mid-2004).
 
Old 03-26-2004, 08:33 PM   #12
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"...they believe will change the way we interact with computers, and in the end elevate the popularity of Linux in general" - That's a very good sign.
Well, does that mean its only for Linux. Cuz if it is, than sweet.. too bad billy :-P
 
Old 03-26-2004, 08:53 PM   #13
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You can bet your bottom dollar this will not be released for Windows ;-)

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We are planning to support the Linux and Solaris Operating System (OS) platforms.
If it is released for Windows, every lawsuit they have filed against M$ would have been in vain :-)
 
Old 03-26-2004, 11:41 PM   #14
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Wow. Just Wow. Very impressive...nice look to the environment too.
 
Old 03-26-2004, 11:59 PM   #15
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SciYro, You must be totally old school, huh? Are you kiddin' me? It would take ANYONE about 30 minutes to fall into step with looking glass...... I would fork out some major dough for a copy of that once it gets released... I seriously doubt it's going to be free tho. They are charging about a hundred bucks for their new desktop out right now..... I'm exicted... I'll get a copy for sure..... It's going to be awhile tho....
 
  


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