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A web-based desktop environment - two months later

shmuelhizmi profile image shmuelhizmi ・2 min read

About two months ago I have posted here an article on a project of mine called "web-desktop-environment", if you're interested in the idea of a web-based desktop environment you can read about it here


in this post I'm going to share the progress I have made since I first posted the article

A brief introduction to the project 👩‍🏫

"web-desktop-environment" is a desktop-environment (a visual interface for a computer) that can run in a web browser over a NodeJS server, the advantages of "web-desktop-environment" over a regular desktop-environment is that it is much slimmer and portable compared to a regular desktop.

Use cases

  • interface for a cloud server (can possibly be used as a replacement for control panel)
  • interface for small/low power computers like the Raspberry Pi zero
  • interface for controlling your computer over a long distance

A demo video 📹

A live demo 🖥

There is a live demo (serverless) running here
Demo

PWA Screenshot 🎞

This is a screenshot of the app running as a PWA in a detachable windows mode
PWA

Upcoming features 🎆

Media Players apps are on there way
Media Players

Looking to build a full-stack app that pushes the web to its limits yourself?

if so you may be interested in the framework I build and used to build this project, the framework is "@react-fullstack/fullstack" and you can read more about it here


GitHub logo shmuelhizmi / react-fullstack

a set of packages for creating full-stack React applications

React Fullstack

"React Fullstack" is collection of libraries for creating fullstack applications that are based on React!

"React Fullstack" main packages are




All my progress since the first post 🥳

Since the last update, I have made a few new features and improvement

  • Resizeable windows - you can now resize windows.
  • Notepad - a notepad app.
  • PWA - the app can now also run as Progressive Web App.
  • Detachable windows mode - you can now run the desktop in a detachable windows mode which means that every window will open as a separate native window.
  • style changes - the app is currently moving thought a big style redo, to give it a more "native os" like style.
  • big speed improvement from moving the backend from reflow to my own framework "@react-fullstack/fullstack"
  • custom themes - create your own theme using the settings app

Contribute yourself 🎁

if you like the project and interested in contributing to it yourself - feel free to open a PR thought Github.
Note that contribution does not have to be in the code side of things, contributing to the project README would be awesome!

Checkout the project 🎮

GitHub logo shmuelhizmi / web-desktop-environment

a web/node-based cross-platform desktop environment

Web Desktop Environment

A cross-platform desktop-environment with a web interface

What is a Web Desktop Environment

just like any other desktop environment it is just a visual interface for your computer.
the twist with this desktop-environment is that "web-desktop-environment" visual interface runs on the web with his server running localy on your computer

Use Cases

  • interface for a cloud server (can possibly be used as a replacement for control panel)
  • interface for small/low power computers like the Raspberry Pi zero
  • interface for controlling your computer over a long distance

The technologies behind "web-desktop-devironment"

both the server and are build using a react framework called "react-fullstack" which is a framework for building fast react applications that rely a tight connection between the client and the server.

Screenshots

transparent dark dark theme transparent light theme pwa

Contribute

if you have any new feature or existing feature you wnat to create or improve fell free to open a Pull Request

Features

Desktop

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