Emerge Desktop is a replacement windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area that collects the icons collected at the lower right corner in Explorer), called emergeTray. It will also provide access to the users programs (normally accessed with the windows "start" button) via a right-click on the desktop, via emergeCore.
Reviewing 126.96.36.1991 Beta (Dec 10, 2011)
Now that sharpe is no more this is the perfect replacement.
Extract to c and open a cmd prompt on the emerge folder and type:
"emergeCore.exe /shellchanger" (no quotes)
hit enter and the rest is history
Not bad but moving the applets around is a pain. I just used the installer and not the latest.
I'm using everything but hotkeys and the launcher. It does have a sysmon but rainmeter seems to be mo betta. Nice I can easily export my theme and it's entirely portable.
I have not a clue as to how to get it to look like the screenshot. I've 3 separate 'bars' at the bottom of my screen. So far so good.
Reviewing 188.8.131.521 Beta (Nov 2, 2011)
um hard to review.. Downloaded the dev version, and there is, amazingly a really good comprehensive help document. Sadly with 1 glaring ommission.
There is no info anywhere on how to install this, or how to run it.
I stumbled around playing with it, after killling explorer.exe. but with all the little modules running for system tray, clock, task bar, pager, etc.. It seemed to consume far more than Windows Explorer (and DWM) does.
Perhaps I'm running it wrongly or maybe I need to do something to reduce its footprint? I'm all for alternative shells, Windows 7 aero shell is pretty nice, but alternatives are always worth investigating. Can't say this one does a better job though, can't see it even does as good a job (but that might be my inability to work out how to run it properly?)
Interesting project and hope development carries on.
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