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It's been a year already?!
Initial public release of adesklets (version 0.0.1) has been
made on December the third, 2004, and the project has been a
success beyond the author's expectations.
So far, more than fifty people have contributed one way or
another to the project by writing code, reviewing
documentation, contributing patches or desklets, and we do not
even count all theses who submitted screenshots, talk to their
friends and peers about adesklets or took the time to report
problems, comments or questions -- many thanks to all, and
congratulations for your involvement.
adesklets is now supported one way or another by all the
major community-driven Linux Distributions, and is getting more
and more re-packaged in commercial ones. BSDs and commercial
Unix are not left aside either.
An adesklets world
On average, more than height hundreds people a day visit
adesklets site, with a third of them coming back on a regular
basis. If they were representative of the world as a whole, it
would means most computer-literate folks live in Europe these
days, principally in Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain,
Spain and Poland. In this world, South-America, especially
Brazil, is a major player as well, far ahead the third-world
countries like United States, Japan or Canada where people do
not have access to computers as much as they should; but how
In term of operating systems, Unix and BSD derivatives are
the norm (people usually settling for what is better for them),
but Windows is a not-to-be-neglected emerging force doing big
inroads with a bold 15% market share, which is unluckily a
platform adesklets does not support. We also need to be
concerned with the near-monopolistic position of the Firefox
Browser, used by more than 80% of users. Hopefully, Safari,
Konqueror, Opera and others will be able to balance things out
in the future -- it is too soon to tell how widely adopted will
Internet Explorer be: with a 4% market share and basically a
single platform supported, its future is hard to predict.
The road aheadadesklets is maturing and getting more
recognition and support -- to celebrate, we just released
adesklets 0.5.0: check it out. The ever growing community
submit more desklets by the month, making it a more attractive
program with each new release, with not a single API
breakdown since the beginning, but only
backward-compatible, incremental changes: a single desklets was
released initially, we now have more then thirty of them. Who
knows what will happen in the next year?