Looking Glass Is Closer to Reality

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2004-08-09 Print this article Print

With Sun's decision to release Project Looking Glass under the GPL, the project took the first step toward being more than a fancy trade-show demo.

With Suns decision at the end of June to release its prototype three-dimensional desktop environment, known as Project Looking Glass, under the GPL, the flashy project took the first step toward being more than a fancy trade-show demo.

After downloading and installing Release 0.5 of Looking Glass, I can report the project has matured enough to be a fancy demo right in my own cubicle.

Click here to view a slideshow of Looking Glass
Following good instructions at https://lg3d-core.dev.java.net/lg3d-getting-started.html, I installed the project code on a machine running Fedora Core 2 and was able to pull up a mini-3-D desktop in which I could pan across the background and flip windows sideways instead of minimizing them.

As fun as that was, its going to take a lot of work for Project Looking Glass to develop into something that sees common use. Suns going to have to convince the GNOME Project that a 3-D branch of its desktop environment makes sense and should be pursued, and Looking Glass supporters are going to have to get developers excited about building 3-D into their applications. Right now, the sample apps section of the Looking Glass project site is empty.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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