This desktop shell alternative is open-source and takes on a minimalistic approach to the desktop. Unlike blackbox, this shell only comes up with two small windows and absolutely no taskbar. Instead, the shell uses the right click menu as an alternative to the startmenu and uses the two mini boxes as the taskbar and depository for opened windows. Of course, just about everything is supplied for a fully interactive interface.
On the other hand, one needs to dirty his or her hands before any work can get done. First off, there are no context menus (which will be added in the next release) and no direct way to access or delete stuff off of the desktop (which can be fixed with emergehotkeys). Also, most of these features are explored or discovered by the user simply by asking or searching around the very-friendly forums for assistance. To finely tune or tailor the shell to one’s needs, expect a good hour or so to be wasted for this activity. For some odd reason, KMplayer does not seem to cooperate with emergedesktop, since it will play the file but with no visuals.
On the plus side, there can be extensive tweaking and styling that can even rival the mac desktop. Combined with Samurize, the desktop can look mighty fancy.
Although I am an avid fan of minimalism and emergedesktop, I would like my movies to play out of the box and less personal tweaking.