Another digest from Polariland

Polari 3.17.4 is around the corner. For this release, I have worked with Florian to get my work towards a better initial setup experience merged. As can be seen below the design has changed a bit too.

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The primary change has been to move away from the installer (anti-)pattern and instead move fully towards a design inspired by the empty-app-states pattern.

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In Polari 3.17.4 Florian also fixed a memory bug and a bug with direct messages not showing up until you press the notification in GNOME Shell.

In this digest I also want to briefly mention two more patches I have been working on which likely will land in later releases of Polari:

  • SSL Encryption: When you create a new connection Polari will now try to determine if the server supports SSL and use it unless otherwise specified.
  • Server Entry Validation: When adding a new connection, Polari will validate the server name and display a message if you use characters that are not valid in a server address.

Will I meet you at GUADEC this year? (:

3 thoughts on “Another digest from Polariland”

  1. Thank you for your work on Polari, which has become my primary client, even with some missing features.

    Regarding the screenshot, does this mean that in order to start chatting, I’ll have to read the text, click on the “Connections” link, then click on the “+” button, then set up some connection?
    Wouldn’t it be simpler to suggest to join some popular networks right on the first screen, with a link to set up a custom one?

    Another question, what lead to the use of the word “connection” instead of the more usual “network” one?

    1. hello!

      Regarding the screenshot, does this mean that in order to start chatting, I’ll have to read the text, click on the “Connections” link, then click on the “+” button, then set up some connection?

      If you open Polari and have never added a connection, Polari will tell you how you can do that. The idea here is to teach the user how to add a connection so the user can do it on his own even after adding the first connection.
      But I agree. I think revamping the Connections dialog to suggest popular networks and require less manual input would be a very good idea.

      Another question, what lead to the use of the word “connection” instead of the more usual “network” one?

      I think it is to not confuse Polari’s settings with GNOME’s own Network settings which refer to eg. Wi-Fi, ethernet etc. I’ll ask Florian (:

      1. The idea here is to teach the user how to add a connection so the user can do it on his own even after adding the first connection.

        Ok, got it.
        Thank you for your answer, and for allowing me to use a nice GNOME-3-ish IRC client :)

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