FyneDesk is an easy to use Linux/Unix desktop environment following material design. It is build using the Fyne toolkit and is designed to be easy to use as well as easy to develop. We use the Go language and welcome any contributions or feedback for the project.
For a full desktop experience you will also need the following external tools installed:
Using standard go tools you can install FyneDesk using:
go get fyne.io/fynedesk/cmd/fynedesk
Once installed you can run the following commands from the root of the installed fynedesk folder (usually $GOPATH/src/fyne.io/fynedesk/) to set up fynedesk as a selectable desktop option in your login manager (such as LightDM for example).
make sudo make install
You can also run it in an embedded X window for testing using:
It should look like this:
If you run the command when there is a window manager running, or on an operating system that does not support window managers (Windows or macOS) then the app will start in UI test mode. When loaded in this way you can run all of the features except the controlling of windows - they will load on your main desktop.
A desktop needs to be rock solid and, whilst we are working hard to get there, any alpha or beta software can run in to unexpected issues. For that reason we have included a
fynedesk_runner utility that can help manage unexpected events. If you start the desktop using the runner then if a crash occurs it will normally recover where it left off with no loss of data in your applications.
Using standard go tools you can install the runner using:
go get fyne.io/fynedesk/cmd/fynedesk_runner
From then on execute that instead of the
fynedesk command for a more resillient desktop when testing out pre-release builds.