We have been inspired by GNOME. Moved to act by the ideas, ideals, and opportunities. Encouraged to stay as we grow ourselves and as a community. We know that the true measure of strength is not how much you can take but how much you can afford to give. And we have demonstrated that, by sharing, we can all succeed.
GNOME is a story that continues to inspire me. And in my eight years and counting, if I have achieved little more than making one person feel hopeful for and empowered to change their future, I will feel very good about the work we are doing.
As we march towards GNOME 3, I feel very strongly that our truest measure of success won’t be the technology, design, or ideology – but simply this: Will we continue to inspire? I am very hopeful. The signs are looking very good. Back in June I asked, “Will a new crop of heroes emerge?” Well, let me tell a short story and let you decide.
In November and again in early January, we posted some new design proposals for GNOME Shell. Many of them went into a release of the design document and SVG mockups. Others came out of discussions on IRC. Now, nearly all of these changes are complete. That shouldn’t surprise you too much if you know some of the hackers on the original Shell core team. Those dudes are among the best we have. However, that’s not how it went down. It has been much more interesting than that.
There are actually a lot of changes introduced here but I’d like to point out a set of exemplary and highly visible changes:
- A new linear workspace presentation
- Added undo functionality into the core system
- New look for App running indicators
- Updated presentation of the left dash and App Menu item in the Top Bar
- Allow close windows directly from the window picker
- No icons on desktop backdrop
- Include eject buttons for removable media
All done. Now let’s look at how, when, and by whom.
- On Jan 22, Maxim Ermilov pushed the fix for bug 593844. Jan 23, Florian Müllner pushed a few more refinements.
- Feb 5, Maxim Ermilov wrote the fix for bug 608933.
- Jan 7, Florian Müllner pushed a fix for bug 606257.
- Jan 7, Colin Walters pushed fixes for bug 605491.
- In Nov and Dec, Florian Müllner pushed a few patches for bugs 602532, 603691, etc.
- Feb 3, Maxim Ermilov pushed the fix for bug 591912
- Nov 27, Florian Müllner pushed a fix for bug 602976.
You all know Colin Walters (Debian, Rhythmbox, Fedora, Mugshot, D-Bus, hacker man-machine) but you may not yet know Maxim and Florian because from what they tell me they are pretty new contributors to our community – but hell they sure know how to make an entrance. Stay tuned.
By no means has the rest of the Shell community been slacking. A ton of work is going on a bit behind the scenes and on the rapidly evolving Message Tray. In the next few days we’ll be discussing the the next iteration of UX mockups and designs as well as exciting plan for evaluation of some of the claims we’ve made in our design process so far. Come be a part of the action.