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Moonlight: Yet Another Linux Desktop Environment

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Published on 30 January 2014 09:35 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop
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Not to be confused with Mono's former Moonlight open-source project re-implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight, the Moonlight Desktop Environment is trying to be the desktop environment for low-end devices like the Raspberry Pi.

Just a few days after writing about the Ome desktop, a cross-platform JavaScript-based desktop environment running off the Gecko Engine, one of the developers behind the Moonlight Desktop has written into Phoronix.

Moonlight is a project still in its early stages and likely will fade away like the many other third-party desktop environments with limited manpower and scope. Moonlight Desktop is trying to be a lightweight desktop for the Raspberry Pi and other low-powered, low-end, old devices -- similar in scope to Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment, etc. They really don't seem to be far along at all right now and are still working towards an appearance for their desktop.

The described mission is "to create a desktop environment compatible with low performance devices, for the purposes of applications, data and hardware management, built on the principles of modularity, integration, weightlessness and simplicity, utilizing open source technologies. The integration in Moonlight-desktop is at achieved, internally, by grouping the different modules into a single application as plug-ins and, externally, by making an extensive usage of the XDG standards in order to ease the interoperability with third party applications."

Should anyone be interested in learning more about the Moonlight Desktop Environment, visit its GitHub project site.

About The Author
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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