Re: RFC: Tweaking tool for GNOME3
- From: Allan Day <allanpday gmail com>
- To: Johannes Schmid <jhs jsschmid de>
- Cc: gnome-shell-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: RFC: Tweaking tool for GNOME3
- Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 09:56:10 +0000
Johannes Schmid wrote:
> > https://github.com/nzjrs/gnome-tweak-tool
> > It requires a recent pygobject build has been tested on a jhbuilt shell,
> > and Ubuntu Natty.
> > I understand there is legitimate resistance to such a tool, as offering
> > multiple customisation options could weaken the design and marketing
> > message of the new shell. This is why I have not blogged nor posted this
> > widely. On the other hand, such tools will inevitably appear to fill the
> > power user niche so why not make the best of. I encourage the shell
> > developers to take it as a compliment when people express interest in
> > tweaking gnome-shell; it means they are using it and have not
> > reflexively stayed with GNOME2 or moved elsewhere.
> > So I am asking for feedback, both strategic and functional on the tool.
> > It has a limited set of tweaks so far, but adding new ones is
> > straightforward (see tweaks/tweak_*.py).
> There is an "official" effort for writing such a tool so please contact
It has been discussed in the past, but nothing was ever done about it.
The "official" line (though quite what that means in GNOME is anyone's
guess ;) ) is that GNOME Shell / GNOME 3 is awesome as is. If John (or
anyone else) wants to write a tweak tool, than that is totally cool
Thinking about this a little more, one danger of this tool is that
people immediately start using it with GNOME 3. I'd personally encourage
everyone to try the new desktop for a protracted period of time before
making any changes, however. It might take a little getting used to, but
there are good reasons for the design being the way it is, and it really
should offer a superior user experience to a customised version.
> because people will be highly interested and there will
> be not resistance. After all, this is nothing to ship by default but very
> useful to power-users.
> And technically, pygobject seems a good choice!
Yeah, great to see the new bindings in action! Nice work John.
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