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Étoilé intends to be an innovative GNUstep based desktop environment built from the ground up on highly modular and light components with project and document orientation in mind.

It is created with project and document orientation in mind, in order to allow users to create their own workflow by reshaping or recombining provided Services (aka Applications) and Components.

This desktop environment (includings its user interface) is in a fairly early stage of development, and is not yet ready for production systems.

It is also available as a LiveCD.

 Etoile 0.4.2

Free to download


Various licenses are used (BSD and MIT the most widely)

David Chisnall, Quentin Mathé, Nicolas Roard, Jesse Ross, Yen-Ju Chen, and contributors


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Features include:

  • Light, focused applications, cooperating together to provide a rich user experience, using GNUstep services and its own Services model
  • Fast, simple data sharing between tasks and documents without involving lot of context switches (between applications, windows, selection etc.)
  • Facility provided by default to composite, layout unrelated elements in first-class objects like documents, folders etc
  • Workflow based on project inspired management (versioning, indexing, sharing etc.)
  • Easy communication/collaboration among users, where users are first-class objects in the environment
  • Assistant technology similar to the Newton's approach
  • Frameworks:
    • CoreObject - a framework for describing and organizing model objects
    • LanguageKit - a compiler kit built on top of LLVM for creating dynamic language implementations using an Objective-C runtime for the object model
    • EtoileFoundation - core framework for all Étoilé projects
    • EtoileUI - a high-level, object-oriented, user interface
      toolkit that provides a uniform tree representation for graphical objects on top of the AppKit
    • LuceneKit - provides full-text indexing and searching
    • OgreKit - a powerful regular expression framework
    • MediaKit - provides support for sound playback and recording and, in the future, video
    • SystemConfig
  • Mélodie - a music jukebox using CoreObject for the music library and MediaKit for playback
  • Étoilé applications which use ScriptKit are scriptable from outside using Objective-C or Smalltalk

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