Eazel, a company whose goal is to build user interface software and services that makes make Linux easier to use, is buddying up with with
WorkSpot, an open source Application Service Provider (ASP), to demonstrate Eazel’s Nautilus software.
Nautilus is a window to a Network User Environment (NUE) that integrates access to files, applications, media, Internet-based services and the Web. The open source project is being developed under the GPL (GNU Public License) and is a core component of the GNOME desktop project. A sneak preview of Nautilus can be downloaded on Linux systems from
Eazel’s download site.
Eazel and WorkSpot claim their new partnership will give Mac, Windows, UNIX, and Linux users not running Nautilus a simple way to preview Nautilus through a standard Web browser. You can check out Nautilus through any Web browser at the two companies’ Web sites.
The “easy” display of Nautilus from non-Linux systems is made possible by WorkSpot’s application hosting service, AppSpot Server, Mike Boich, chief executive officer of Eazel, said in a press announcement. AppSpot Server allows Linux- or Unix-based applications to be executed on server hardware, yet remotely displayed and run by users from within any Web browser or native (VNC) client. In essence, AppSpot enables software vendors to move an application designed for local installation to a hosted model, he added.
The ease of demonstrating Nautilus using AppSpot will accelerate the adoption of Eazel’s Network User Environment (NUE), a new class of user environment that takes full advantage of the Internet, said Kathy Giori, co-founder and chief executive officer at WorkSpot.
Unlike previous environments that were designed for standalone desktops and applications, the NUE makes local and remote content, community, commerce, and Internet services a fundamental part of the user experience, he added. Additionally, the NUE promises to create a new standard for ease-of-use by freeing users from complex and tedious system administration tasks such as system back-ups and software upgrades, according to Giori.
And speaking of Nautilus, the current Nautilus Preview Release 3 is the final preview release before version 1.0 ships.