Java Desktop for X Window
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What Qualifications Do You Need To
Have In Order To Help Out?
None at all! You are free to contribute whatever you can, according to
your own time schedule and personal work loads. All you need to do is
inform us about what you are doing so that we can coordinate with other
developers. This will help us to avoid repeating the same work over and
over again. If you desire a Open Source Java desktop that can compete
with Gnome/KDE like we do, we will need to join forces and work
together or else that dream will never come true for any of us.
You Can Help.
JD4X is still at its infant stage and there are alot of areas
still under development. Your support will greatly assist us in
JD4X out of its growing pains and into maturity. We hope that the
project can bring together a Java internet community who are interested
in Open Source desktop development. Currently only 50% of what was
designed for JD4X has started development. Here are a list of things
JD4X has been designed from the very beginning to allow independent
development efforts, if you are contributing code such as a new module,
there should be no problem to start work on your own and later combine
efforts before making a new release. We do not use CVS on the
sourceforge.net site to share code due to various reasons (However, we
plan to have our own CVS in the future). For now, we think that
emailing, IRC and the project forum is a better option to share ideas.
- JD4X compliant Java applications commonly used in all desktop
systems. Refer to the dns.sxw document for a complete list of missing
applications in the section on JD4X utility suite.
- Applets on the task bar such as:
- Simple email notification tool.
- Disk mounting applet.
- Weather applet.
- Dictionary applet.
- Any other applet you think JD4X is missing.
- Lots of missing Major Modules. Refer to the dns.sxw document for
a complete list of missing modules in the section on JD4X desktop
- Graphic designers for icons, logo, splashscreen and etc. The
project needs a lot of graphic artist to help design themes for the
- Desktop configuration tools with XML.
- Website maintainers who can help make the JD4X project home page
more user friendly.
- Documentation writers and maintainers, which includes writing
tutorials on "How to" articles.
- Testers and evaluators who can give us constructive feedback on
- Help us spot spelling and grammatical errors in all our documents
and politely inform us about it.
- GUI designers who can make JD4X look fancy and cool. Most
importantly, making the desktop easier to use.
- Administration maintainers who can help asker questions in our
forums, which includes writing our FAQ column, manage mailing lists and
keep JD4X users well informed about changes and updates that may affect
If you are interested to contribute to JD4X, please sent us an email
with a reliable email address. In the mail, please describe in summary
about what and how you can contribute to the Open Source Java desktop.
Please include any code or binaries if you already have a sample for us
to review. If we use your contribution and distribute it together with
the default desktop, we will acknowledge your work in our default
desktop, dns.sxw document and website. We will also expect that you
be maintaining and developing the package yourself. All issues and
feedbacks regarding your contribution will also be redirected to you.
However, if we did not include your contribution together with the
default distribution, we will still add it to our list of compliant
software downloads so that the JD4X end user can have a large array of
software to choose from.
Are There Any Restrictions To Your
- You should inform the original developers before making changes
to their code in our shared CVS. (JD4X's own CVS is planned in the
- We also expect contributers to be responsible and not contribute
code that has been copied from else where, in particular commercial
products or code that belongs to licenses that are incompatible with
GPL. This rule will include graphics and other design components.
- You should never claim credit for code or other items that you
copied, please give the credit to the appropriate people because they