A New Environment: The LiteStep Shell
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by Jimmy Freligh Jr | June 20th, 2004
Many people love Windows but, they hate the crashes the bugs the problems the restarts the pain. A lot people don’t know that there are shell’s out there for Windows not just some theme, some sounds and a nice looking wallpaper either. This is not a theme this is a shell replacement for Windows the look the feel of a whole new operating system all different and replaced all within Windows. This replaces not only the functionality but, it replaces the problems the freezes the crashes the bull. LiteStep is only for Windows and replaces only the Windows shell for all versions including server-side Windows boxes as well. Now there are no issues with installing pieces of software because your still on Windows. Windows has a built in shell called explorer.exe but, this is what everyone is stuck with because people don’t realize there are other shells for Windows just like in Linux. LiteStep is the most powerful and stable shell out for Windows and there aren’t very many that compare with LiteStep.
LiteStep is a powerful resource you can customize it any way you want, you can add modules on the desktop that do certain things that you want. For example checking your email, why run the program in the foreground when you can run it in the background. You can have your module in your shell on your desktop if you please and have it check your email as a background process not running in the foreground. You can tweak your desktop and the operating system any way you want and yes your going to need to know a few things about scripting. You can say LiteStep is not for your average user but, you don’t have to be an advanced user either. If you don’t mind defaults then install and play around because you won’t regret it. Give it a day to get the feel of LiteStep’s GUI there are a ton of different shells/themes for it. If you install the basic shell the one provided on LiteStep.net you will be fine. No more crashes, freezes and no more garbage. All the themes, modules tweaks and tricks are all on LiteStep.net.
Try it out besides if you don’t like it LiteStep creates you an icon on the desktop so you can switch between shells if you don’t feel comfortable with it. Give LiteStep a shot it is only 3MB it is open source it is completely free so there really is no loss. LiteStep is powerful stable faster and can be the future replica of the old explorer.exe. As for other shells really no company comes close to replacing the Windows shell but, LiteStep. Another good example of the power of LiteStep let’s say your computer freezes to a point you don’t have to restart your PC you close LiteStep. It runs in the processes and you reopen it, this function restarts your PC without your PC actually restarting get my drift. Yes you can do the same with explorer.exe but, let me just tell you good luck. Give it a try what do you got to lose the more people that use LiteStep the more happier people are going to be using there PC. That’s my two cents.
"For every nut there's a shell, for every computer there's LiteStep"
June 2004, Jimmy Freligh Jr
Jimmy Freligh Jr
Chief Information Officer (CIO) @ FiberOps | Winnetka City Councilman
Network Manager @ Lincoln Systems Inc. | Canoga Park City Councilman