BrowzOS - a web-based OS-like interface for public-facing web servers.
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readme.md

BrowzOS

Synopsis

BrowzOS is a collection of HTML, JavaScript, PHP & CSS files, assembled into an online operating system template. The goal of this project is to create the semblance of a feature-rich operating system, accessible from within a modern graphical web browser. BrowzOS is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL v3 & the GNU AGPL v3. Documentation bundled with BrowzOS is ditributed under the terms of the GNU FDL v1.2.

Features

  • Your choice of password-locked or public-access desktop
  • Web scripts for use as word processor, spreadsheet, scientific calculator, game & media player applications
  • Desktop icons that can be dragged & dropped across the desktop, as well as executed
  • A macOS-like icon dock to execute available applications
  • A template to enable your own applications

Requirements

  • Any server operating system that can support any web server, PHP & (optionally) any database system
  • Any web server (Apache2, Cherokee, nginx, Grumpy, etc.)
  • PHP interpreter
  • Optionally, any database system (MySQL, SQLite, NoSQL, MariaDB, etc.)

Database support isn't required, unless the applications you wish to add require them (such as web forum software, better password protection & user registration).

Installation

  • Edit desktop/style.css to change the background scheme of the desktop
  • Edit desktop/login.php to use any number of user accounts & change their passwords (optional, if using password-locking)
  • Follow the example in the sample_app directory to add your own applications
  • For the instant messenger application, follow the installation instructions for phpFreeChat
  • For any forum software you wish to install, follow their installation procedures

Attention

Though this project is very usable, it still lacks a lot of functionality that was intended to be since the project's inception. Feel free to fork this project & help improve it with server-sided read/write access, automatic server-side file detection & other features to make BrowzOS work better.