Exo's Web Desktop
By bblfish on Mar 20, 2007
Well, I should not have been quite so surprised when Benjamin Mestrallet demoed this at Sun Tech Days today, as I had seen a similar framework demonstrated 8 months ago when I was in Berlin (pointers please!) by some very serious german engineer who had worked for Siemens, and claimed to have put together a framework that would work on absolutely any browser efficiently. But his look and feel was nowhere near as fine tuned as Exo's now is, and so it did less to catch my imagination. It has to be said that Exo recently added a very skilled graphic artist to their team Benjamin told me, and that before that they had similar problems explaining this to people. The look is certainly astounding.
You have to see it to believe it. Luckily it is really easy to install. Just follow these steps:
- go to their download page, currently http://forge.objectweb.org/projects/exoplatform
- download Exo Enterprise Web OS (currently in alpha)
- open http://localhost:8080/ecmportal/
For the lazy there are more pictures of this on Benjamin's flickr site.
For this to become a Web Operating System all resources should be identified by URIs (better even URLs). This would make Univerals Drag and Drop possible and would allow for very powerful applications to be written using the SPARQL query language.