Like what you see?
The Kuartet Desktop project is really coming together. I've gotten the Manager applet to a decent point and have started work on the corner applets. The corner applets were originally planned for all along, however haven't become a priority until now.
The three applets in the screenshot are the taskbar applet in the bottom left, the system tray in the bottom right, and the new Utility Sidebar in the top right. The fourth corner applet will be in the top left, and will feature a simple menu that lets you open the manager, show the desktop, and log off or lock the computer. It has yet to be written, as it is the easisest of the bunch. However it will be included in the next release as well. All of these applets can be collapsed by clicking the icons. This leaves a very uncluttered, clean desktop with only four icons in the corners. Very appealing (at least to me :) )
You might be wondering 'What is this Utility Sidebar?'. Well, basically instead of writing separate applets that float on the desktop (this can/will still be done, though), a developer can use the same libraries to write an applet that docks into the Sidebar. So far, I've only included the Clock from AeroAIO, but I plan on including a QuickLaunch applet that provides quick access to favorite applications, a system monitor, and also a trash applet. I plan on incorporating Drag n Drop controls so that adding to the Sidebar is quick and simple.
Well, I have to run off to work, but in case anybody was wondering, this is what's new with Kuartet. Hopefully there will be a release by the end of the week, but that is very optimistic. Probably next Friday will be designated as the release date.