name = eyeOS

caption = eyeOS Screenshot
latest_release_version = 1.7.0 (30.09.2008)
genre = Web application
license = AGPL
website = [http://eyeos.org Official eyeOS Website]

eyeOS is an open source web desktop written in mainly PHP, XML, and JavaScript. It acts as a platform for web applications written using the eyeOS Toolkit. It includes a Desktop environment with 67 applications and system utilities. [ [https://eyeos.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/eyeos/eyeOS/trunk/eyeOS/apps/ eyeOS default applications from project's official SVN server] ] It is accessible by portable devices via its mobile front end. [ [https://blueprints.launchpad.net/eyeos/+spec/mobile-access Blueprint: “Mobile Access” ] ]


The first publicly available eyeOS version was released on August 1, 2005 as eyeOS 0.6.0. At the time, it greatly participated in the definition of the web operating system concept. Quickly, a worldwide community of developers took part in the project and helped improve it by translating, testing and developing it.

After two years of development, the eyeOS Team published eyeOS 1.0 [ [http://news.softpedia.com/news/eyeOS-1-0-Dahlia-Available-Now-56380.shtml Softpedia talks about eyeOS 1.0 release] ] (on June 4, 2007). Compared with previous versions, eyeOS 1.0 introduced a complete reorganization of the code and some new web technologies, like eyeSoft, a portage-based web software installation system. Moreover, eyeOS also included the eyeOS Toolkit, a set of libraries allowing easy and fast development of new web Applications. [ [http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/eyeos_10_launches.php eyeOS 1.0 launches - ReadWriteWeb] ]

With the release of eyeOS 1.1 on July 2, 2007, eyeOS changed its license and migrated from GNU GPL Version 2 to Version 3.

Version 1.2 was released just a few months after the 1.1 version and integrated full compatibility with Microsoft Word files.

The current version, eyeOS 1.5 Gala, was released on January 15 2008. This version is the first to support both Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org file formats for documents, presentations and spreadsheets. It also has the ability to import and export documents in both formats using server side scripting. [ [http://blog.eyeos.org/2008/01/15/eyeos-15-released-eyeos-professional-services-available eyeOS 1.5 Released | eyeOS Professional Services available ] ]

eyeOS 1.6 was released April 25 2008 and included many improvements such as synchronization with local computers, drag and drop, a mobile version and more. [ [http://blog.eyeos.org/2008/03/19/whats-coming-in-eyeos-16/ What's coming in eyeOS 1.6 - eyeOS Blog] ]

Structure and API

For developers, eyeOS provides the eyeOS Toolkit, a set of libraries and functions to develop applications for eyeOS. Using the integrated Portage-based eyeSoft system, one can create their own repository for eyeOS and distribute applications through it. [ [http://www.linux.com/feature/118113 eyeOS - a Genuine Web OS by Linux.com] ]

Each core part of the desktop is its own application, using javascript to send server commands as the user interacts. As actions are performed using ajax (such as launching an application), it sends event information to the server. The server then sends back tasks for the client to do in XML format, such as drawing a widget. [ [http://dev.eyeos.org eyeOS Developers Community] ]

On the server, eyeOS uses XML files to store information. This makes it simple for a user to set up on the server, as it requires zero configuration other then the account information for the first user, making it simple to deploy. To avoid bottlenecks that flat files present, each user's information and settings are stored in different files, preventing resource starvation from occurring.


*2007 - Received the Softpedia's Pick award. [ [http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/linux/eyeOS-Review-71835.shtml eyeOS : Review by SoftPedia] ]
*2007 - Finalist at the SourceForge's Community Choice Awards '07 at the "Best Project" category. The winner for that category was 7-Zip. [ [http://sourceforge.net/community/index.php/landing-pages/cca07/ SourceForge.net: 2007 Community Choice Awards ] ]
*2007 - Won the Yahoo! Spain Web Revelation award in the Technology category. [ [http://es.promotions.yahoo.com/revelacion2007/revelacion_tecnologia/ Yahoo! Web Revelation award of Technology] ] [ [http://www.elpais.com/articulo/ocio/Yahoo/premia/paginas/espanolas/singulares/extravagantes/2007/elpeputeccib/20080117elpciboci_1/Tes Yahoo! Web Releaton award of Technology in El Pais newspaper] ]
*2008 - Finalist for the Webware 100 awards by CNET, under the "Browsing" category. [ [http://www.webware.com/html/ww/100.html Webware 100 website] ]
*2008 - Finalist at the SourceForge's Community Choice Awards '08 at the "Most Likely to Change the World" category. The winner for that category was Linux. [ [http://sourceforge.net/community/cca08] ]


eyeOS community is formed with the eyeOS Forums [ [http://forums.eyeos.org/ eyeOS Forums] ] , which arrived at 10.000 members at April 4th, 2008, the eyeOS Wiki [ [http://wiki.eyeos.org/ eyeOS Wiki] ] and the eyeOS Application Communities, available at eyeOS-Apps website hosted and provided by OpenDesktop.org [ [http://www.opendesktop.org/news/index.php/eyeOS-Apps.org?id=270&name=eyeOS-Apps.org OpenDesktop.org announces the eyeos-apps community] ] as well as Softpedia [ [http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Internet/eyeOS-Apps/ Softpedia eyeOS Applications Category] ] .

ee also

* Web portal
* Web desktop


External links

* [http://eyeos.org/ eyeOS official project home page]
* [http://eyeos.info/ eyeOS official free server]
* [http://blog.eyeos.org/ eyeOS] blog

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