Thursday, 12 September 2013

How to give your Window OS aUNIX look and feel.

Nucleus is a desktop application that brings a Unix-style menu bar to the Windows operating system. The product is provided as an alpha version right now which is feature limited. It is however interesting enough to take a closer look regardless of that, to find out what it has to offer right now, and for comparison once the final version gets released in the future.


Once you have installed Nucleus on your Windows system and started it up for the first time, you will notice that it has added a small menu bar to the top of the screen. It is about 2/3 of the size of the Windows Taskbar and empty for the most part.
It displays four menus to you:
  • Main menu that links to the settings, shut down options, options to reset the layout and to exit Nucleus.
  • The user name of the user who is logged in and the title of the active window, with options to close that program.
  • Links to system libraries.
  • A terminal window.
There is not a lot that you can do right now, but some functionality is already here. Two main features that Nucleaus supports right now are notifications and the terminal. The Settings window of Nucleus doesn’t carry a lot of options, other than allowing you to select the language, specify the app’s startup behavior, and configure your Gmail account. You just need to provide your email address and password, and save the preferences.

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