Freedom Environment (F.E. = effie)
FE --- a *REALLY OPEN* Open Source system --- all executables are scripts --- for all to see
NEWS OVERVIEW SCREENSHOTS VIDEOS DOWNLOADS CONTACT LOGOS
FREEDOM-EYES --- that is, Freedom-ize!!!
With this Freedom Environment subsystem installed,
In addition, you can easily do
... where 'media' refers to
I'm talking about 'FE Nautilus Scripts'. videos
Browse text files with the GUI text browser
I'm talking about 'FE xpg'. videos
The 'xpg' utility makes the 'feNautilusScripts' subsystem
Arrange your applications into category menus of your own choosing and
I'm talking about 'FE AppMenus'. videos
Here is a multitude of tkGUI 'apps' in category menus
I'm talking about 'FE tkGooies' --- a family of tkGUI's that
And if you mess up the configuration of any of these subsystems
No pain, no strain. To infinity and beyond.
Great for 'newbies' --- great for system-administrators
Great for everyone in-between.
It's FREEDOM E. --- that is, Freedom-y. Like Truth-y.
We need both --- Freedomy-ness and Truthy-ness ---
(Acknowledgments to Stephen Colbert or his writers for the new word 'truthiness'.)
How to remember this web site: It's FreedomEnvy without the 'y' --- dot com.
Jimi said it well
If your browser supports HTML5,
Here is a web page giving an OVERVIEW of the FE subsystems.
Here is a web page guiding you to SCREENSHOTS of the FE subsystems.
Here is a web page of VIDEOS of installs and demos of the FE subsystems.
Here is a web page guiding you to DOWNLOADS of the FE subsystems.
Foundation of FE :
The 'FE Nautilus Scripts' sub-system is founded on
Example of a 'zenity' prompting GUI :
The 'zenity' utility is delivered with many Linux distros. If not, it is usually available via the package manager of the distro.
The FE 'xpg' and 'AppMenus' and 'tkGooies' sub-systems are founded on
Examples (reduced size) of two GUI's done with Tcl-Tk scripts :
Many Linux 'distros' have the Tcl-Tk system installed [including its 'wish' (window shell) interpreter], because there are utilities in the distro that use Tcl-Tk scripting. So, in many cases, you will not need to download a Tcl-Tk package and install it.
If you don't have the Tcl-Tk environment (with the 'wish' interpreter) on your machine, it is probably a few mouse clicks away. Tcl-Tk was not included in my initial install of Ubuntu 9.10, but, in the 'Ubuntu Software Center', I found the TkDiff utility. I installed it in a few clicks, and the install brought along the required Tcl-Tk interpreter environment.
It turned out that the Tcl-Tk 8.4 'wish' interpreter was installed instead of 8.5. To get nicer anti-aliased fonts in Tk GUIs, one needs 8.5. The 'Xft' system for font anti-aliasing was incorporated in Tk 8.5, but not 8.4.
Here is a web page that shows how to install the Tcl-Tk 8.5 'wish' interpreter.
Note that because all the FE subsystems are founded on scripting languages, all the source code is available --- for modification, tailoring, and improvement. You can even add scripts to expand these systems.
Tk GUIs :
To see the kinds of things possible with Tcl-Tk scripting, click here for some samples of "tkGUIs" that have been devised, in the 1985 to 2008 timeframe, for various applications.
And here is a slideshow of those sample tkGUIs.
And here is a ALTERNATIVE slideshow of those sample tkGUIs --- which initially fits each image to the size of your browser window.
As components of the FE system are released, you will see more tkGUI examples via the 'Screenshots' link above.
Note that Tcl-Tk is not a dead language. For example, it is quite popular with physicists (both astronomical and nuclear --- macro and micro physics) and with engineers (such as electrical, electronics, and telecommunications engineers). Tcl-Tk is commonly used to 'bind together' systems of programs.
You say you don't like this background image?
You say you would prefer a solid background color?
You say you would prefer a different font?
When you (re)load this page or return to this page, the background is set according to the hour of the day. Hence it changes every hour --- for some variety.
The fonts may or may not work depending on what your browser knows is available and depending on the fonts available on your machine.
Color table (hex-codes and colors, at techbomb.com)
An alternative Color table, and description (in case the link above goes dead)
Let me know if you think some colors on this page should be changed, for backgrounds, borders, links, visited-links, titles, body-text, paragraph-text, or other text elements --- for readability or whatever.
The drop-down menus of image-tiles and background colors could be added-to or changed also. Do you have a beautiful tile to contribute?
I'm looking for a good F.E. (effie) logo. Anyone want to design one and donate it?
Actually, why have one logo? There could be many. (There are thousands of Ubuntu logos --- or 'takes' on 'the' Ubuntu logo.)
Consider 3D effects and animated GIFs. No Flash please. Let's keep it basic --- jpg's and/or animated gif's.
I have started collecting some candidates (of my own making or made by others) on an 'FE logos' web page.
For Contact information, see the 'Contact' page.
These pages are maintained on
9.10 Gnome2-Linux using a text editor, such as
But I may switch to a different Debian-based Linux 'distro' ---
such as Linux Mint MATE or Ubuntu MATE
--- as explained on the Contact page.
- NOTE -
The style of the font for the text in these web pages is not hard-coded.
This allows you to change the font style via a 'preferences' or 'tools' option in your web browser.
For example, in Seamonkey, use 'Edit > Preferences > Appearance > Fonts' and,
in the 'Fonts' panel, you can choose to change 'Proportional:' from 'Serif' to 'Sans Serif'.
You are given the Freedom to change the font for most of the text.
We need a free(dom) world in which to keep rockin'.
(Before or while playing this audio snippet, adjust speaker volume.)
(This is a link to a '.m3u' playlist file --- m3u = mpeg3-URL.)
If your browser supports HTML5,
here is an alternative --- an HTML5 'audio' tag to play the audio.
Page was created 2008 Apr 11. Changed 2015 Mar 09.