GNOME Control Center in GNOME 3

Last week I sat down and implemented some of the gnome-control-center mockups for GNOME 3.

This is the screen mockup, which as the name suggests, is all the settings related to the screen.

We’ve also made the power panel much, much easier to use. All the power-user settings are still available in GSettings, if you’re the geeky sort who likes to tweak. The conclusion we’ve come to, is that we should fix drivers, rather than provide workarounds for hardware bugs in the UI.

This is all available right now if you compile using jhbuild, and will be available in Fedora rawhide soon.

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Richard has over 10 years of experience developing open source software. He is the maintainer of GNOME Software, PackageKit, GNOME Packagekit, GNOME Power Manager, GNOME Color Manager, colord, and UPower and also contributes to many other projects and opensource standards. Richard has three main areas of interest on the free desktop, color management, package management, and power management. Richard graduated a few years ago from the University of Surrey with a Masters in Electronics Engineering. He now works for Red Hat in the desktop group, and also manages a company selling open source calibration equipment. Richard's outside interests include taking photos and eating good food.

36 thoughts on “GNOME Control Center in GNOME 3”

  1. Will you still provide all the graphs? They’re terribly useful and make battery control on GNOME uncomparably better than what Windows provides.

  2. Also, “Shutdown” should be “Shut Down” (verb form, rather than noun form) for “When the power button is pressed”. Looks nice otherwise!

  3. Great and sweet (I like the “Lokation” variable to change the behavior of the laptop),

    But on screen options we lost resolution, orientation, double-screen mode and second screen?

  4. And some any questions:

    – We lost option to spin down hard drives. It’s activated by default?

    – We don’t have a button “Show power historic” for show charge, uncharge, etc of all batteries (laptop, mouse, keyboard) ?

      1. Ok, thanks.
        Good job. ^_^

        (But I think a button “Power Historic” to power section on Control Center are good too XD)

  5. And for ”laptop screen closed” options or if we want to lock, or not, screen when it is turned off ? Only on GSettings ?

      1. On Screen options, the “Lock screen after:” setting can have an option “after the screen are turned OFF” in addition to “1 minute”, “5 minutes”, “Never”, etc.

        1. Or a simple check box, on bottom of “Lock screen after:” setting, named “Lock screen atomaticaly after it are turned off”. Wuth this we can have auto lock with 2 conditions (time and screen off).

  6. Can you add feature to gnome power manager that when the lid is closed and only external display is on that it wouldn’t do anything? And when both external and internal display are on, internal gets turned off and external stays on? In current 2.32.1 the behavior is odd and sometimes it turns off external one, sometimes internal one, sometimes both (and this even happens when “Do nothing” is selected in gconf).

  7. Looks too primitive. Where is search box?

    What “All Settings” button means? Are these widows modal? You can’t open several setting windows?

    1. It’s all part of an integrated control center experience. I urge you to try it, if you can. It’s really much better than lots of different caplets popping up on the screen.

  8. I’d move the batttery image to the right of all the controls, since you have the space.

    Also, provide a button to the graphs from this interface. Or a link to the “battery settings” if there is such a page.

  9. I don’t see any options for lid close / open. Where did they go? I need to configure these events.

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