Shell Yes! — 1st Issue
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 9:42 - GNOME
Some would have named it OMG! GNOME SHELL! but Jon gave an excellent "Shell Yes!" talk at GUADEC (the videos, they are coming!), and that title is really nice so I decided to reuse it.
Many things are happening in and around the shell, but rare are those with the time to follow whatever happens in the git repositories, wiki pages, mailing list, or IRC channel. So here I am, I don't promise something very regular, this won't be the "weekly shell news", but whenever I get a stack of news, I'll try to post…
An initial design proposal for the date panel has been posted to the wiki : current time is always visible on the top bar, but expanding this panel gives additional information on world time and appointments.
The calendar widget shows days with appointments in bold and slightly lighter type. Current day is prelit with the same glow background as active items in the top bar. Selecting a day replaces the agenda on the right with one specific to that day. The panel uses a two column layout with a dotted line separator to avoid menu entries to span across very wide space.
Sean Wilson has been playing with CSS, creating a few alternative themes, even if themability is not a goal at the moment, this shows how well the technologies are suited to graphic experiments. It has been proposed to Sean to look into application startup animation, hopefully he will come with something really nice.
Codewise it has been a complicated ride since GTK+ 3 removed many GDK drawing functions, that were used by librsvg, Mutter and others, but things are getting in shape again, and we should be back to the normal situation where building and testing the Shell is easy.
This also delayed the new design, presented at GUADEC, as Florian put that branch to rest during the breakage, he is now getting back to it, with platform stability coming back we will sure get it soon.
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