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The OS That Switched From Linux To BSD Is Now Making Its Own GUI

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Published on 14 July 2014 12:06 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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JabirOS, the distribution formerly powered by Ubuntu that changed to a FreeBSD base and then proclaimed itself an independent FreeBSD fork, is trying to invent its own user-interface.

Muhammadreza Haghiri of the Jabir Project wrote into Phoronix today to share news about their Cadmium UI, a new HTML5 GUI they're trying to use for their BSD-forked operating system. Their new Cadmium UI is written using HTML5 with CSS3 and JavaScript while depending upon the Impress.js library. This HTML5 GUI integrates with the Duck Duck Go search engine and rollApp. Some details on Cadmium UI can be found via the project's blog.

The OS That Switched From Linux To BSD Is Now Making Its Own GUI

The Cadmium UI is running atop an X.Org Server with the OpenBox window manager and Firefox is being used for the web layout engine. For those wishing to try the new desktop UI there is this demo page, but I found this demo to be a bit sluggish and really finding the user-interface to not offer any real/innovative features.

Oddly, besides the Cadmium UI, another feature the developers claim that their distribution has as an advantage over Ubuntu comes down to computer games... "CadmiumUI has another feature, which Ubuntu and others don’t have, Computer Games!"

Those wishing to learn more about Cadmium UI (or just be entertained) can visit the Jabir blog.

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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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