Re: Send To vs. Sharing [Was: Proposal: gnome-user-share]

On Fri, 3 Dec 2004 09:41:25 +1100, Jeff Waugh <jdub perkypants org> wrote:
> <quote who="Alan Cox">
> > The modern version of this and thus the interface people are becoming used
> > to is bluetooth/irda "Send foo to bar" functionality. The more I think
> > about this the more I'd rather we followed the phone world of sending
> > things to people. It avoids so much "oh I forgot about.." mess, it avoids
> > magic directory naming and it becomes a single natural menu item that
> > matches peoples phone experience. Click file, hit "Send", select "Dave's
> > computer" hit OK. The user hasn't got to know if it was sent via
> > bluetooth, irda, internet, uucp or carrier pigeon. The user hasn't got to
> > remember to unshare it, the user hasn't got to move files back and forth.
> This make a heck of a lot of sense to me. 'Bluetooth File Sharing' from
> Edd's great gnome-bluetooth stack is currently very lonely; nothing else
> works like it.
> On one side, you'd have a central daemon and configuration tool managing
> 'accepting files', allowing for different protocols to be enabled or
> disabled at will. This would turn on the "i accept files" advertising in
> bluetooth, dns-sd (which protocol?), enable irda, etc. On the other side,
> you'd have a simple send-to plugin in Nautilus, and possibly a drag target
> in the panel, etc.
> This makes a *lot* of sense, particularly after watching OS X users using
> their integrated bluetooth tools. Of course, it's quite different from
> g-u-s, but I strongly agree that it's a better model.

And this all should be integrated with a desktop-wide buddy system
that aggregates buddies from IRC, IM, g-u-s, evolution and other
user-related programs, right?

Kalle Vahlman, zuh iki fi

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