Re: Location-aware GNOME Shell - weekly report 1

Great. I'd like to share this article from Forrester: The Future of Mobile is Context.

Going beyond multi-timezone and weather features would better satisfy the big idea behind your project, but I know there's only so much you can do for your GSoC so it would help if you define your scope and delimitation of work for GSoC to set everyone's expectations.

Nothing stops you from working on this beyond GSoC, though. If anything, you should pursue it. Feel free to tap me for location-aware UX work. 

On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM, Stéphane Maniaci <stephane maniaci gmail com> wrote:
Il 29/05/2011 18:16, Allan Caeg ha scritto:

Just curious. Making GNOME location-aware sounds like a big thing. This report suggests that the project seems to be about the multi-timezone clock and weather candy. Is this project intended to do more location-aware features on top of the clock and weather stuff?

Hi Allan,

Sorry to answer so late. I am currently focusing on multi-timezone and weather applet, but you're right, it would be very interesting to look out for desktop-wide features, especially since geo-location is a very new concept, meaning we could find ways to innovate over Mac OS and Windows. Since there have been a couple GNOME Shell extensions already providing weather information, it might be easy to implement the weather applet, leaving free time to look around for more. If everything goes well indeed :).

Stay tuned,

- Stéphane.

Good stuff here. Keep 'em coming.

On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM, Stéphane Maniaci <stephane maniaci gmail com <mailto:stephane maniaci gmail com>> wrote:

   Web version with nothing fancier available at:


   Here's the first weekly report of my summer of code project:
   making the
   Shell location-aware with a multi-timezone clock and some weather
   later (didn't write to the shell list earlier).

   == What happened this week ==
   I started toying with the GNOME Shell UI, using my unexisting
   skills to reproduce somehow this mockup[0]. Took me one Caltrain ride
   (now my default time unit) to build a little dummy clock, as showed on
   the, tada, screenshot[1].

   Quickly realized that I really needed solid design before doing
   any UI,
   so I tried to gather all the rockstars of #gnome-design together on
   Thursday for a quick brainstorming. Nothing concrete came out of
   it, but
   here's the point I remembered:
   - Displaying time + weather for all locations isn't a good idea (we
   already consume a lot of space in the date/clock popup, and we want to
   keep it a popup) ;
   - It's still pretty unsure where all those settings (locations CRUD,
   weather config) will land in the control-center ;
   - XChat doesn't record any log, damn it.
   Bottom line: we need to have another meeting and define more precisely
   what we want to expose to the user.

   I also downloaded geocode-glib, geoclue and libgweather in order
   to look
   at the backend work, but didn't actually tried it out.

   Not related to GSoC, I worked on a couple of branches for PiTiVi
   that I
   want to get merged after the awesome (pre)release that came out this

   Oh, and I ran into busy Luis Villa in Caltrain last week, had a nice
   half an hour chat with him! Talking about achievements!

   == What's next ==
   Definitely bother the design team again, while still not expecting
   actual UI sketches by the end of next week. The date/weather/timezone
   thingy is a significant feature of 3.2 (pressure on me), so I expect a
   lot of bikeshedding about how it should look/behave/configure.

   I would also like a little Vala/Gtk program that asks/guess a location
   and then retrieve the timezone using one of the forementionned

   == Scheduling ==
   I'm on time. Les gens heureux ne sont pas pressés ;)

   == Problems & tips ==
   A big issue that comes to me after this week is collaboration ; I
   thought the design of the clock could happen on some mailing list
   (because you can read them offline, take time to answer, etc), but
   I was
   told in #gnome-design that IRC was the way to go, since there was no
   gnome-design mailing list and that there would be too much noise on it
   anyway. This is a bit sad, since IRC is very unpractical in terms of,
   talking about it, timezones, offline record, etc. I'm not a big fan of
   IRC meeting + wiki logging/recording, so if anybody (and you, design
   rockstars) can think of a better way to think together, let me know.

   That's a very long report, have a nice weekend!


   − Stéphane.


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