Re: Gnome 2 infinity and beyond [was Re: Tango and 2.16]
- From: Jamie McCracken <jamiemcc blueyonder co uk>
- To: Andrew Sobala <aes gnome org>
- Cc: Alan Horkan <horkana maths tcd ie>, desktop-devel-list <desktop-devel-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: Gnome 2 infinity and beyond [was Re: Tango and 2.16]
- Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:26:45 +0100
Andrew Sobala wrote:
Alan Horkan wrote:
I put serious thought into the fact that Gnome 3.0 would be useful way to
highlight all the progress that has been made. A major version number
change is also of some marketing value.
Look at the desktop. It's got incredibly amazing since the times of
GNOME 2.2, but it's still very much a GNOME two series desktop.
There are ideas for what people want from a GNOME 3.0 desktop, and these
* Indexing support across the whole desktop. Probably provided by
beagle. Beagle can query document metadata too.
[ some of this is starting to appear: deskbar, nautilus ]
Tracker already provides this too (and is integrated in nautilus search
and deskbar) and is also way more efficient (tracker's miniscle 6MB RAM
usage means it can run on any machine than can run Gnome and as its
written in C it gives you faster and more efficient indexing).
We definitely do want search working on 128mb and 256mb machines and
tracker delivers here admirably. (one thing we must not do is cause the
desktop to require more than 256mb of RAM as it will cause some end
users to leave, ruin the 10x10 goal as most third world users have low
amounts of RAM and destroy the competitive advantage vs Vista's 512 MB
* Documents and people as first class objects, rather than applications,
files and windows. [see also: beagle, galago. ] [this idea seems to be
one with the most buy in ]
Tracker will do this in the next release (coming any day now). Tracker
is the only framework that can deliver first class objects as it is a
combination database/indexer (beagle is just an indexer) and is going to
be trialled for the common music database in rhythmbox (music files are
first class objects in tracker).
I have offered to integrate Tracker's metadata DB with Beagle so that
Beagle can also deliver first class objects too and avoid a "turf war".
I hope they take up my offer!
So let's get coding.
am doing so! :)
Mr Jamie McCracken
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