Having discussed how to evolve GNOME on LUGRadio I figured that
an interesting proposal for a Google Summer of Code project would be to fork GTK+. Many people in the community have talked about how GNOME 3 would need to happen outside the current structures. I also think that nothing fundamental will change in GNOME without a new GTK+ giving the impetous for such a change. So a enterprising student could put together a proposal for taking GTK+ and trying to make a ‘Beryl’ version. The goal might not need to be to create something that would actually become GTK+, but instead come up with changes to GTK+ that enables some stunning graphical effects inside GTK+ applications, kind what they are doing with Beryl on the window manager level. So the ‘fork’ would not care about things maintainability, portability or sensibiilty, but instead try to enable some select demo applications to do some amazing looking things. Enlightenment (which also sports a GUI toolkit these days) would be a good example for ideas for some cool effects, Beryl another. Another idea could be to try to integrate librsvg with GTK+ and use it to do interesting things. The goal of such projects should simply be to try to inspire the GNOME community into taking the leap.
When GNOME originally came out its themeing capabilities essentially set the bar for letting users and developers change the look and feel of their desktop. Lets try to do so again
And to make it clear. With Fork I don’t mean an actuall fork in the sense of a new project meant for a life of its own, more of doing a wild and wacky experiemental branch.