The Zonbu uses the “Start Menu” model that we have all become accustomed to.
It’s what MS Widnows uses, it’s what KDE uses and it’s sort of “the way things are typically done” in OS interfaces at the moment.
Mac OSX has not only a start menu equivalent, but also a very nice “dock” or “launcher” that floats at the bottom of the screen, is animated and actually populates dynamically based on your most recently used applications.
The first time I saw it, as a windows user, I was a bit envious. Can the Zonbu offer something similar…
There is an interesting project out of Brazil that has some similarities with the Zonbu OS stack. The DreamLinux project uses the XFCE desktop on a Debian/Morphix base (funny how that keeps popping up), to create a system optimized for slower/older hardware, but still packing lots of utility and graphical appeal.
One of the nice things that they include is a dock/launcher that is similar but not quite as fancy as it’s Mac cousin – you can view some DreamLinux screenshots here, that show the dock.
I commented in an earlier post about how I think the visual side of the Zonbu interface might benefit from some skins or other basic options a user can adjust to “customize” his Zonbu.
The addition of a doc as an alternate to the start menu, or to supplement the start menu might be an appealing option. This would make things a bit more familiar to Mac users, and also give a modern sheen to the desktop (which compliments the nice transparency function already included in the stock Zonbu setup).
There is an excellent and active Gnome Dock project that may be easily adapted to the Zonbu. I’m not a developer, I really can’t say. But I wanted to point it out so people could offer their comments on it and their interest in it. Check it out and speak up, tell us what you think.
Would a dock add to the Zonbu interface experience?