Monthly Archives: January 2009

Squib of the day: sound effects

In GNOME bug 557921 the idea is raised of Metacity supporting sound effects. Photo: © Judy Baxter, cc-by-nc-sa.

You can switch in a direction!

When I posted yesterday’s squib, I really didn’t expect six people to say they’d use it. Someone plaintively left a message on the bug saying “Please make it possible for devilspie to add this feature!” Well, it is possible for devilspie or any other addon to add this feature, and for that reason it’s not […]

Squib of the day: prefix system for keybindings

In GNOME bug 310842 the suggestion is raised that there should be an option to require all keybindings to be prefixed with a particular keystroke, to minimise the number of keystrokes which can’t be used by applications– there would be only one keystroke, the prefix, that was globally grabbed.  Such a system would be reminiscent […]

Squib of the day: move in a direction

In GNOME bug 152661 someone is asking for the ability to move in a particular direction from a given window (as opposed to from a given workspace).  So you could move to the closest window to the right of the focussed window, for example.  Apparently FVWM has this feature.  (I assume this would be an […]

Metacity Journal: 2009-01-27

Your chronicler is once again reminded to overhaul this script. Those who are reading this from other projects– would you be interested in a copy when it’s more polished? Bugs As ever, feel free to join these conversations . GNOME bug 171174 Xephyr crash– is this still a problem ? GNOME bug 437910 option to switch resize/menu […]

Squib of the day: speed up alt-tab under compositing

GNOME bug 504729 suggests that switching with alt-tab, while using compositing, is too slow. This is because all the images of the windows are scaled on the client side before the window is displayed. There are two possible answers to this problem. Firstly, we can check for key release while scaling is happening, and if […]

Exposé, part two

Quick on the heels of our previous post on this matter, and Iain’s explanation of how it can be done in an external process and spawned on a keypress, malept points out Skippy, a program to do just that.  However, it appears to be unmaintained.  Does anyone fancy picking up the reins?  Possibly there should […]

Squib of the day: Exposé

In GNOME bug 502491 someone is asking for an effect like Exposé on OS X.  Iain, who wrote the compositor and ought to know, believes it would be better done as a separate program.  There was an attempt to do this a while back, called Expocity, but nothing much came of it.  Does this mean […]

Metacity Journal: 2009-01-25

Your chronicler attempted to produce this version of the Metacity Journal using the old script; however, it had not run for so long that it listed hundreds of changes. Therefore it was largely pared down by hand, and only the changes from the last few days have been mentioned. If you’d like to dive in […]

Squib of the day: Live previews in alt-tab

True to my promise, here’s the first bug/squib of the day. In GNOME bug 567757 someone is asking for live previews in the alt-tab window.  I can’t think why this would actually be useful, as opposed to pretty, and it sounds like a lot of work and a source of new bugs.  I am therefore […]