Tango Desktop Project
What is the Tango Desktop Project?
The Tango Desktop Project exists to create a consistent user experience for Open Source software.
The current state of the the desktop...
The Open Source desktop is made up of several different applications: Mozilla Firefox, Evolution, OpenOffice.org, Konqueror, and so forth... Typically, several of these applications are used at the same time on a normal user's desktop.
Currently, as each application has a different toolkit and may belong to different desktop frameworks, there's a good chance that a user's desktop may look and behave in a different way, creating a less than stellar experience.
How will Tango save the day?
The Tango Desktop initiative plans to provide:
- A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common look and feel
- A default native look (including widgets and a window manager theme) for the subsystem, although we envision many 3rd party themes to be made as well
- A complete, standard set of application, mimetype, and stock icons
- Development of a new, cross-desktop HIG (Humane Interface Guidelines)
- Recommendations, suggestions, and other standards
What benefits can users expect?
- Consistency across all the apps on all the desktops
- One theme to rule theme all, one theme to bind them
- Nice default look, out of the box
Where will it be in use?
We plan to target:
What is here today?
- Icons, a work in progress—yet already usable
- Icon style guide and Color Palette
- Standard Icon Naming Specification
- Utility to link standard icon names to currently used icon filenames
- Mockups for the look of applications
- A decided-upon license for the fruits of the project
Toward the future…
We're constantly working on making the future of the Open Source desktop totally rock. As such, we have a few pages dedicated to brainstorming, blue sky thinking, and prognostication:
- Experiments, a place for sharing ideas and experiments for the future of the Tango project
- Timeline, short-term goals to the far-off long-term things
How do we get there from here?
We'll be using heuristic evaluation (good design principles which every icon, application, and desktop component should be measured with to ensure acceptable quality) and make sure things jibe with usability testing.
Who is involved?
We'd also like you to be involved.
Join us in our effort to produce a native Linux look and feel by contributing to the guidelines, improve applications (by making them follow specs, etc.), design artwork, and spread the word.
Interested contributors from Gnome, KDE, and other free and open source projects are all welcome. We invite anyone working on software to follow the specifications defined here, as well as on FreeDesktop.org.