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Periscope is the result of lots of research into the user interfaces of every operating system from DOS to NeXT to Windows 3.1 and Mac OS X 10.5. I found all current shells and file managers to be lacking in features that were present in older ones, or else lacking in modern features, so I began work on this one.
It currently feels somewhere between Windows 3.x's Program Manager, OS/2's Workplace Shell, and Windows Explorer. As the project grows and develops, many features from many various shells will be added in a modular sense, able to be toggled and changed to fit the end user's taste.
The license is a modified variation on the MIT License, identical functionally to the XFree86 1.1 license. You can find the license at the top of the source file.
The current release is on the downloads page.
Periscope comes with IBM-designed OS/2 icons from the Workplace Shell for Windows, which comes with a license (IBM License Agreement for EWS Tools) stating that I may "modify the Program and merge it into another program". The included icons have been taken in the spirit of my interpretation of this license, and if I misunderstood it, I am willing to remove them immediately from the project. Any icons that are 32x32 will work, however, in standard Windows .ico format.
Periscope requires Python/wxPython on POSIX systems, and for Windows you can find the dependencies in the Downloads section for either 9x- or NT-based Windows.
If you opt not to use ActivePython, you will also need pywin32 installed with ordinary Python 2.5 (9x) or 2.6 (NT).
Periscope should work with most versions of Python, but wxWidgets limits us to Windows 95 as the oldest Windows we can support.
If you need to contact me, yushatak(at)live.ru or yushatak(at)live.com should do the trick - send to both, it won't bother me.
Outdated Errata: -Note that versions v.05 and before are hardcoded to run from c:\periscope (or /periscope, on POSIX systems). As of v.06 this is no longer the case.
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