Subject: Re: Gnome 3 Extensions/Themes Website?
Date: Friday 10th June 2011 10:25:36 UTC (over 7 years ago)
Jasper St. Pierre wrote: > Welp, I was going to have a thread announcing my work on this, but I > guess I'll just hijack this one. I knew this was on the cards but I have to say that I am surprised that it is actually being pursued in this form. Facilitating the unrestricted use of extensions and themes by end users seems contrary to the central tenets of the GNOME 3 design. We've fought long and hard to give GNOME 3 a consistent visual appearance, to make it synonymous with a single user experience and to ensure that that experience is of a consistently high quality. A general purpose extensions and themes distribution system seems to threaten much of that. I'm particularly surprised by the inclusion of themes. It seems bizarre that we specifically designed the GNOME 3 control center not to include theme installation/selection and then to reintroduce that very same functionality via extensions. So, I would very much like to hear about how this web site will relate to our core design goals. There are many possible roles for extensions and I am not saying they shouldn't be supported at all. They are valuable as a crutch for our traditional users who are upgrading from GNOME 2, for instance, and they are an excellent facility for developing, testing and experimenting with functionality that may eventually get folded into shell proper. One possibility for extensions would be to turn them into something more akin to Google Labs - that is, something that is communicated and structured as an experimentation ground, rather than a market place that we encourage users to use (the very name 'extension' does just that). The other nice thing about Google Labs is that the experimental nature of the features it contains is clearly communicated. Allan -- IRC: aday on irc.gnome.org Blog: http://afaikblog.wordpress.com/