Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What the heck is Cream?
Cream is something we would like to call a construction kit for building your own Desktop Environment. If you miss something on your desktop, just write a Cream module using our framework to implement this functionality.
At the moment there are just some first modules, e. g. Melange (our widget system), a panel, a screensaver and some background services.
Why is it called a "Desktop Environment" then?
It's called a Desktop Environment, since you are able to run a bunch of Cream modules as a desktop environment. We are currently working on a module called "cream-session" and provide a "real Desktop Environment session".
At the moment you could use something like this in your '.xinitrc':
Does Cream provide an own Window Manager?
No. There are lots of great Window Managers out there and nobody should be forced to use a specific Window Manager.
Most parts of Cream rely on a composited desktop. If you don't use a compositing window manager like Compiz, Mutter or KWin, you could try using xcompmgr.
Is Cream ready for production use?
No! The project is in a very early state.
How do I run Cream?
Please refer to Why is it called a "Desktop Environment" then?!
Of course you can run single modules (e. g. Melange) within your regular desktop:
It's not KISS! There's bling!
We don't think that KISS means having no eye candy on your desktop. A simple Desktop Environment can be beautiful too!