Author Archives: mccann

Mockturtlesuppe

Things have been rolling along in GNOME Shell land.  We’ve been experimenting and evolving the design as we go. If you were reading this and this carefully you may have noticed links to a design document for the Shell.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Just leave it on the counter

I’d like to expand a bit on one of the Fedora 12 polish items Matthias already blogged about.  Better Tooltips. As most of you know, tooltips are the little window-like pop-ups that (hopefully) provide helpful information about a user interface … Continue reading

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Blending and Transparency

Things are brewing in the Fedora Desktop community.  Red Hat designers, engineers, and many active Fedora community members have been working hard to make the GNOME user experience great.  Some enthusiasts may notice a bunch of this work showing up … Continue reading

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GNOME Boston Summit

Things are underway here at the GNOME Boston Summit.   After a quick introduction we took proposals for sessions.  Owen is posting a schedule to the wiki now.  We’re going to be posting regular updates to our Twitter feed.  We’re also … Continue reading

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Whatchamacallit

One of the things Jeremy Perry and I have been working on in the GNOME Shell design is a way to make application launching work better.  You can see some of this in the following mockup: As you can see … Continue reading

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Tool KITT

Just because a tool exists that allows you to do something does not mean it is the right thing to do. Sometimes we realize it was not worth doing in the first place. Sometimes we realize there are better ways … Continue reading

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Getting the Message

If you are lucky enough to be with us in tropical Las Palmas and attended Owen’s keynote today you saw a preview of some of the new ideas we’ve been toying with for the GNOME Shell.  One of these concepts, … Continue reading

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The Third Age

(with apologies to Toffler for the title – Third Wave has other connotations these days) In the early days of personal digital computing things were pretty wild.  After all it was the 70’s and California (where much of the [computing] … Continue reading

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Words are Water

Risk And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom. – Anaïs Nin For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working pretty much non-stop … Continue reading

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Presentity

We like to talk.  Sometimes we are willing to listen.  But not always.  Sometimes we are busy, sometimes we sleep, and sometimes we are just sick of listening to you. I’ve tried to look at some of the ways we … Continue reading

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