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Reigning in the GNOME UI Designers

Hurrah! Finally, somebody has stood up to the recent re-emergence of the arrogant GNOME UI designer (“UI Nazis”) whose world view is “we decide, we know better than you, you simply do as we say.” In an recent email entitled Rules for design in Gnome, Federico Mena Quintero, one of the two original founders of the GNOME project, stated that: The design team IS welcome to: * Produce designs and propose them to Gnome at large and the relevant maintainers. * Produce designs and implement them in experimental branches, which then are subject to maintainers’ approval for merging into the

Custom Tooltips for GNOME Shell Panel Launchers

This post demonstrates how to write you own code to handle tooltips in the GNOME Shell.

Tearing in GNOME3 with Sandy Bridge

Do you experience tearing in GNOME3 when dragging windows or watching a movie? The solution for most people seems to be to put the following two lines in /etc/environment: CLUTTER_PAINT=disable-clipped-redraws:disable-culling CLUTTER_VBLANK=True Create the file if it does not already exist.

Unico Theming Engine on Fedora 16

This post discusses GNOME theming engines and shows you how to build, install and use the Ubuntu Unico theming engine on Fedora 16

New Shell-like Greeter for GNOME

There are plans to replace the greeter in GNOME 3.2 which is due out in a couple on months. Here is what is is the login experience is planned to look like: The GNOME sheep seem to be following Bill the Microsoft shepherd. Maybe I do not understand security but surely it would be better not to expose usernames. In the days of yore, you had to remember both a username and a password. Nowadays the trend seems to be to expose the usernames and simply rely on the strength of a password for security. If I recall correctly, this