Monthly Archives: February 2010

Cowbell blog

Because the posts about Cowbell are threatening to choke the rest of this blog, and because it’s only of interest to a particular subset of readers, I’ve created a Cowbell blog.  See you over there.  Normal service will be resumed here.

Bug of the day: hiding “(as superuser)”

As we mentioned the other day, there are some situations where Metacity’s ability to mark a window as running as root is unhelpful. One of these is during installation: this naturally runs as root, but it baffles new users to be told “Install (as superuser)“. For this reason , GNOME bug 605137 requests a hint […]

Bug of the day

There are several hundred bugs still open in the Metacity bug tracker.  Over a hundred of these are enhancement requests. During the first quarter of last year, this blog ran a daily “bug of the day” or “squib of the day” feature, where suggested enhancements would be discussed.  Every so often, there’d be a roundup […]

“(as superuser)” considered harmful

About a year ago, we considered the idea of showing the name of the user running a program in the titlebar, as suggested by GNOME bug 549389.  So if you were running Epiphany as user fred, and you yourself were not user fred, you would see “(as fred)” in the titlebar.  More commonly, if you […]

Specifying button widths in CSS

The height of a button in a CSS theme is determined by the height of the titlebar, which in turn is determined in most cases by the height of the titlebar font, but occasionally explicitly.  The height of buttons cannot be set explicitly. For the width of the button, however, there are two common cases: […]

Themes roundup

Here are four pieces of news from the world of theming. Human may be replaced. We don’t usually cover news about specific themes here (although perhaps we should) but it’s worth noting that Ubuntu’s default theme, Human, although very beautiful, is a little long in the tooth.  There has been a proposal to replace it […]