This week saw some new updates of the broadway backend. We now have a in-browser window manager for the non-toplevel window mode, and the backend now support a bunch more features.
I don’t want to bore you with technical mumbo jumbo though. Lets see some video instead! (Original source availible here)
[youtube width=”512″ height=”384″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO-qca9ddqg[/youtube]
This will be the last update in a while, as I need to spend time on other things. The code is in a pretty good shape though. There are still things to do, but most things work.
Update: Tested this with safari on OSX, and it worked too. Also we now have nicer browser-side window decorations.
With Gnome 3.0 being released I had some time to spend on the broadway Gtk+ backend.
I managed to get rid of all roundtrips, which should make remote access snappier. I also fixed a bunch of bugs and added some missing features (including in-process cut and paste).
All that stuff is nice, but not really all that interesting to show off.
However, I also implemented a cool idea I’ve had for a while about using chromeless browser windows with a canvas inside to get real toplevel windows. It turns out that this works pretty well. Although you have to disable the dom.disable_window_feature_open.location config option to get rid of the location bar at the top of each window.
Here is a short video showing how this looks: (original webm source here)
[vimeo width=”512″ height=”384″]http://vimeo.com/22092069[/vimeo]
Cool, eh? Its all in git, go play with it.
PS: I have no idea why google thinks I’m in france…
I can’t believe we finally released 3.0! The last months have been crazy with energy. The whole project feels revitalized.
Also, I’ve been using gnome-shell now for some time, and I’m really liking it. Going back to gnome 2 now feels clumsy and painful. You should all try it out and make up your own mind, but please try to avoid immediately tweaking it to your old ways, instead try the new defaults for a while, you might like it more than you expect.
Make sure to read the cheat sheet to learn all the new tricks. I really like the new alt-<key over tab> feature!