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GNOME 3 and “The Network Control Panel”

This week, I’ve spent a bit of time working on a network panel for the new control center. The old network settings configuration dialog allowed you to do everything to anything, and most users (myself included) only touched a fraction of one percent of the functionality, and the complexity of other other controls made the […]

GNOME Control Center in GNOME 3

Last week I sat down and implemented some of the gnome-control-center mockups for GNOME 3. This is the screen mockup, which as the name suggests, is all the settings related to the screen. We’ve also made the power panel much, much easier to use. All the power-user settings are still available in GSettings, if you’re […]

Preupgrade, meet PackageKit

Yesterday I merged a patch to PackageKit which added the UpgradeSystem() method to the transaction interface. This is the natural compliment of the GetDistropUgrades() method which was added last year. This allows a session user to upgrade the OS using the same familiar PackageKit tools, and without doing dumb things like asking for the admin […]

PackageKit and Debian

PackageKit tries really hard to work for these people. PackageKit is designed for these people. Debconf is a simple protocol that dpkg uses to ask the user configuration data at install time. I think it’s generally a bad idea, as installing should generally be silent and automatic and configuration should be a separate step. That […]

Linux and application installing

Linux has traditionally shown the user packages to update and install, which is great for administrators, but sucks for end users. How many times have you been prompted with an update list that asks you to decide whether to update something you have no idea about? Mo illustrated a few days ago about how confusing […]

HP recalling more batteries

HP are recalling more laptop batteries. If you’re affected, can you please email me the output of: for i in /sys/class/power_supply/*/*; do echo $i; cat $i; done and I’ll add the required rules to upower. Thanks.

GNOME Color Manager and You

GNOME Color Manager provides a high level interface for applications to use. One of the things GCM tries to do is making getting profile settings easy. This means associating devices with profiles. This doesn’t necessarily mean connected devices like printers and scanners, as .jpg files from my Nikon D60 have a profile, although the camera […]

GNOME Color Manager and printer profiling

Yesterday afternoon my community sponsored ColorMunki arrived. Within hours, I had fixed all the issues using it for display calibration: Notice the device specific images? If you don’t get images you’ll be directed here and asked to submit images for other users. This just left projector support, which was also pretty easy to add: So, […]

Creating printer profiles

A few months ago, I started working on gnome-color-manager. Now, making a display profile using an external calibration device is as simple as a few clicks and a few minutes of waiting. Quite a few people are keen on me working on printer calibration next, and to properly support spectrophotometers. This means you could generate […]

Creating printer profiles with gnome-color-manager

Work on gnome-color-manager continues. Display, scanner and camera profiling seems to work very well now, but I would really like to move on to creating profiles for printers. To do this I need to buy some expensive kit, something like a ColorMunki. If anyone has one of these sitting in a draw being unloved, it […]

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