Full Article Attached OEone HomeBase Desktop Available for Free Download

Tuesday August 13th, 2002

OEone has made its HomeBase Desktop software available for download. HomeBase Desktop is an operating environment for Internet computers that aims to provide an integrated and easy-to-use computing experience. The download includes a free 60 day trial of HomeBase Anywhere, a suite of back-end services that allows you to store your important data remotely.

Built upon Linux and Mozilla, HomeBase Desktop's foundation is Penzilla, an open-source application framework. OEone is a major contributor to the Mozilla project and donated the original code for Calendar. The company also sponsors the AbiMoz and MozStreamer projects.

UPDATE! NewsForge has an interesting analysis and Slashdot has a discussion about the release.

#1 I hate to be stupid...

by MozSaidAloha

Wednesday August 14th, 2002 1:33 AM

...but is this the webtop/OS Free PC thing Sun has been talking up for years?

#5 Re: I hate to be stupid...

by bmacfarland

Wednesday August 14th, 2002 1:29 PM

No, I think the thing that Sun and (I think) Oracle have been talking about is the network computer, where you might not even have full OS installed, just a connection that connects the input devices (keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc.) to some central computer CPU/disk storage. In such a system an administrator could control what software you run and upgrade everyone's system at once. The OEone is more of a GUI + application suite that sits on top of a Linux OS desktop. At least that's my take on it. Although rereading your question, perhaps I didn't grasp the webtop/OS Free PC thing and jump to the network computer conclusion. I'll add that circle to my Jump to Conclusions Mat.

#2 At last

by jmarranz

Wednesday August 14th, 2002 3:05 AM

At last a system that shows how powerfull Mozilla as a platform can be.

Some few points:

- Not focus to be a custom Linux distribution, the platform should be distribution agnostic. - Focus to Windows users with a Windows port, or a port to cygwin. People like have all integrated and related (is a MS Windows key success).

OEone could make money with subscription to remote services but allowing use the same but local.

#3 jeez

by wvw

Wednesday August 14th, 2002 3:15 AM

I installed it and it looks great. This could be the first time I might recommend Linux to my mum!

#4 Run?

by jedbro

Wednesday August 14th, 2002 9:24 AM

How does it run? Do you find it pretty snappy like gnome or GTK? Thanks for the input!

#6 Where to download OEOne ?

by penang

Sunday August 18th, 2002 9:23 AM

Yeah, I know the url. Just that it just won't work.

Where exactly are the files ?

#7 Virtual Office

by flyingtdab

Friday September 27th, 2002 4:45 PM

You guys are looking for the Windows version, go check and look for Eye-Box Office. This really rocks so far :o)