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Ome: A New Cross-Platform Desktop Environment

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Published on 26 January 2014 11:15 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop
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There's yet another new desktop in the Linux land. Ome is short for the Open Minded Environment and is a cross-platform desktop environment built around web technologies.

Originally the developer behind Ome was set out on making his own operating system and was thinking of using LLVM IR for its application binary while making the packages like Android's APK files. He had posted to the LLVM mailing list last month for feedback on these plans but now today he's posted a new LLVM mailing list message.

The developer, Julien, decided instead of making his own OS he wanted to assemble his own desktop environment. Open Minded Environment is built atop Mozilla's Gecko engine and is designed for cross-platform compatibility of the desktop and its applications wherever Gecko/Firefox is supported. Ome packages its applications into its own "OPK " file, there's support for networking, P2P social networking capabilities, etc. The applications themselves are written against ASM.js for a speedy JavaScript experience.

While I have yet to find anything too interesting about this attempted desktop environment, if you wish to check out this new open-source desktop environment you can do so via its Google Code project site.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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