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Day: Taking GNOME 3 to the next level
Posted Sep 4, 2012 19:32 UTC (Tue) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
Hot corners and alt keys produce hours of family tech support.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 13:20 UTC (Wed) by pspinler (subscriber, #2922)
This, please. There should be some form of visual indication of a possible action. Trying to find what one can do via various 'hidden' hot corners and/or mode keys is difficult.
Additionally, I use a multi-machine setup with synergy, so stuff like hot corners actually break my setup. Fling the mouse to the corner (edge of screen) and it goes to another screen.
Discoverability, please. Hot corners and/or alt-keys only as a clearly labeled shortcut to a menu item or other visible action.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 13:28 UTC (Wed) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Sep 5, 2012 20:38 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Also there is a bad problem that happens when certain types of windows are maximed.. it will block synergy from drifting over. I had this issue with Gnome-terminal. I don't know if it is still a issue however. It has been a while since I last tried it.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 20:46 UTC (Wed) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Sep 13, 2012 7:49 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
I mentioned something like that after 3.0. Apparently, that some things are more difficult to discover than other things is done on purpose. The thought is gradual discovery. But to get that gradual discovery right is difficult, so I'm guessing it'll take a few more releases to improve.
Seems good to raise it again.
Posted Sep 4, 2012 21:06 UTC (Tue) by reddit (guest, #86331)
Lesser men would replace a broken design with a functional one, but they do not realize that doing so stops the engine of change that powers the whole Universe!
Instead, the truly enlightened always replace a broken design with a different broken one, so that the flow of change can continue forever unimpeded.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 2:27 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
Posted Sep 5, 2012 9:26 UTC (Wed) by reddit (guest, #86331)
To start, I strongly suggest picking some highly established feature and replacing it with a semi-broken alternative that is much less discoverable and harder to use.
If they reject your patch, try making some unsubstantiated claims that your design works better with touch.
Anyway, congratulations, you are well on your way to a position on Red Hat's desktop team, where you'll finally be able to operate without the annoying constraint of having to write usable software.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 11:23 UTC (Wed) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Posted Sep 5, 2012 12:56 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
This is my guess.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 2:28 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
Posted Sep 4, 2012 21:57 UTC (Tue) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
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