Date and Time Settings

For the new Control Center in GNOME 3.0 (or System Settings, as it will be known), I’ve been working on a settings panel to allow people to set their timezone, date and time. This means there is a new date and time mechanism dbus service provided by gnome-settings-dameon, and a new UI to configure it with. The latest UI is available in gnome-control-center git and looks something like this:

It still needs a lot of testing and I’d also like to add support for using NTP services, although finding a method of applying this for different distributions will probably be tricky.

14 thoughts on “Date and Time Settings”

  1. Looks good, but “All settings” placed there really sucks, because it takes horizontal space for almost nothing, maybe place that left to the “Apply” button?

  2. I suppose that places in the world that are disputed by 2 different countries could be in different time zones according to different countries. Did you consider it? Where do you get the timezones map?

  3. @dread knight: i think ‘all settings’ comes from the system settings, and the rest is just an embedded panel.

    maybe move the dropdowns a little bit down, and then put the ‘apply’ button in line with them?

  4. and, if I may wish for a geeky feature: UTC as a timezone? since I started to get involved with timezones and DST at work, I just wish I could stay far away from them when at home 🙂

    1. whats the point to use extra daemon, if dbus service can just exec ntpdate utility? You can always add ntpdate as an optional dependency to your package

  5. How about making that “All settings” a connected path bar similar to the one in Ubuntu Software Center? It would look nicer and allow more levels so you wouldn’t have to open a dialog if there are more options under a specific control center section.

  6. Automatic configuration/synchronization of time/date/timezone based on time servers and geolocation, would be nice.

  7. If you pay attention for some reason the highlighted day is off-centered to the number (16). IMHO There’re other subtle design improvements that could be made.

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