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On Fri, 2011-07-15 at 10:30 -0400, Benjamin Horst wrote:
I think Symphony has done a great job with its UI work--that's what I'd most like to see come 
under an open source license.
- tabbed document interface lets you open multiple files in one window
- a "dashboard" like the OOo / LibO splash screen, but you can open it from a button that appears 
on the tab bar. This fits into the dashboard functionality with potential integration into online 
services, as I have envisioned and previously described:
- formatting and other tools appear in a vertical column on the side of the main document window, 
which is one of the most-frequently requested UI features I've seen come through the OOo and LibO 

That would be interesting indeed. But according to one of the IBM
engineers [*] they are only interested in contributing the C++ parts
(and strangely seem to want to keep using their own in-house ClearCase
setup for integration). The GUI (menu/toolbars and the tab windows)
stuff is all implemented using Expeditor [**] a giant (proprietary)
eclipse based java framework that embeds the C++ document views. So
hopefully they are also prepared to free Expeditor.

Symphony also has some problems:
- it's very slow to open the application initially
- removed the Draw component
- I think (?) it's even more Java-dependent than OOo ever was

Yes, it includes a JVM (IBM's proprietary J9 one) and most of the
Eclipse framework for the GUI stuff.

I have seen some questions on what exactly it is that is being offered,
but nobody from IBM has replied with any specifics yet.




(a 800MB proprietary download...)

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