Rule #1 – Never give a geek free time or a week off of work, you never know what can happen. I took a week off (December 15th – December 19th) to some much needed work around the house. During my downtime, I decided to fire up a gedit document and come up with something creative, the end result was a simulation of Ubuntu GNOME running completely in a web browser. This HTML5 based simulation could will eventually allow users to experience Ubuntu GNOME (and possibly other operating systems) without the need to install it on their computer. This is especially useful for training new users.
This video shows roughly how the operating system will look and feel, it is almost impossible to tell but the entire simulation is running completely in a web browser.. I still have a lot of work I need to do to the operating system before it will be ready for its release. I am planning to release this under the GPL when complete so others can use it as the base of their own simulations… or even create a completely web based operating system.
If course, I have a demo of of the GNOME Shell Simulation that you can try out now. It is best to use the Google Chrome Web Browser and run it with a 1080p display.
All of the applications are simply screenshots in this version of the simulation, I am working to create ports of the basic applications packaged with most Gnome based distributions that will be (mostly) functional. Please check https://kmyers.me often for the latest updates on the HTML5 Simulation.