another desktopish thought

along with all the great stuff that’s on the way in gnome-shell – with all its thinking about desktop use cases etc, i think we should add a ‘restart session’ option which does a ‘logout and log back in’ without asking for a password.

mind you, that’s only needed when certain pieces of software get updated.  under those circumstances it would be better if those apps sorted themselves out silently.  but until that’s the case the option could just be available on the PackageKit “you need to log out and in again” notification.

screenshot of gnome shell overlay modewhile i’m thinking about gnome-shell, i think when you drag something from the sidebar to a desktop in overlay mode it shouldn’t automatically take you out of overlay mode – it should assume you’ll want to get more than one thing.

or should we just be able to multi-select from the sidebar?  can you do that already?  i don’t like multi-select anyway – means you have to use both mouse and keyboard.

maybe we just need a mechanism for defining a group of things and making that group appear as an object in the sidebar – perhaps just a ‘save task/workspace’ option somewhere.


desktop UI ideas

just a few of thoughts .. how about this:

  • on the desktop or in another nautilus window:
    • clicking on the background creates a new file
    • dragging a box (only) on the background creates a new folder
    • default object names contain the date/time
    • alternatively, dragging a box on the desktop background starts a new application with a window with that geometry. when you let go of the drag you get a window frame and a gnome-do.
  • opening/closing folder windows zoom in and out of the relevant icon in their parent folder if that’s open.
  • a transparent (animated, glowing slightly?) connection of some sort between the window and the place it came from (and will go to) might be helpful.
  • the dock only shows applications which are minimised.
  • apps auto-minimise when they’re more than 90% obscured.
  • modal dialogs grey out (and possibly zoom out slightly) the desktop … erm, a bit like vista. urk. should only be done if it doesn’t make everything freeze for a moment!