Re: no external panels for gnome-control-center [was Re: GNOME Feature Proposal: Backup]


Colin Walters wrote:
> On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 3:27 AM, Dave Neary <dneary gnome org> wrote:
>> If we hard-code what GNOME supports into the design, when the needs
>> evolve then we need a centralised decision for each new need. Better to
>> provide a way for applications to integrate with system settings,
> These aren't applications, and no - we don't want to encourage apps to
> drop things in system settings.

There is a world of distance between "disallow", "allow, but discourage"
and "encourage".

I definitely think that there's value in having a firm hand over
preferences, and (say) defining all of the top level preference
categories - I also think there's value in allowing applications to add
preferences inside a given panel, and providing firm guidelines for when
that's appropriate and how to do it well.

> As far as helping out extension authors - yes, I think that has value,
> but it's not as important as moving GNOME away from the "bucket of
> parts" model is.

For something like this, I have a feeling we may only get one chance. If
you don't allow any differentiation on top of GNOME, there is at least
one distribution that will just do preferences differently & ignore
control-center. And I can imagine that future environments along the
lines of moblin, MeeGo, Maemo, etc will end up redoing the preferences
from scratch, rather than building on the gnomecc work.


Dave Neary
GNOME Foundation member
dneary gnome org

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