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Eyeos announced the release of their new Eyeos desktop 2.0 for January 1st, 2010 which is a complete re-write features lots of new features (read below!).

In case you don't know,

eyeos is an open source web desktop following the cloud computing concept. It is mainly written in PHP, XML, and Javascript. It acts as a platform for web applications written using the eyeos Toolkit. It includes a Desktop environment with 67 applications and system utilities. It is accessible by portable devices via its mobile front end. eyeos lets you upload your files and work with them no matter where you are. It contains applications like Word Processor, Address Book, PDF reader, and many more developed by the community.

This Eyeos update will feature a new UI, new applications, and new concept for how the web-based desktop should work, the update is more than a fresh coat of paint.

Eyeos, now (left) and starting January 1, 2010 (right):

eyeos 1eyeos 2.0

Upon login, for example, instead of displaying a simulated computer desktop complete with icons and wallpaper, the updated OS features a new dock bar whose menus link you to applications, events, contacts, and more.

Also, something somewhat similar to Google Docs will also be integrated into Eyeos 2.0: you will be able to collaboratively editing a document with someone you invite, and you will see which part of the document is being edited by every user. The document will automatically block some lines for every online user in the zone they’re working on and will automatically scroll up and down to let you work always comfortable independently of the zones which are being edited by your friends.

Another interesting update will be the real-time notifications via a new instant messaging component, a re-written file system and kernel, a new sync tool for syncing files, contacts, and calendar from your local desktop to the web, and new base applications which function as real apps as opposed to demos of what eyeos can do.

Eyeos can be used in 2 ways: either by going to eyeos.info and running it from eyeos server, or you can download it and run it on your own server, especially good for people who take privacy serious.