Subject: Re: Gnome 3 Extensions/Themes Website?
Date: Friday 10th June 2011 12:10:33 UTC (over 6 years ago)
On Fri, 2011-06-10 at 13:37 +0200, Milan Bouchet-Valat wrote: > Le vendredi 10 juin 2011 à 11:25 +0100, Allan Day a écrit : > > 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. > I think the main reference here is the way Firefox manages extensions. > Many people use stock Firefox, and it works very well, but many others > like to play with appearance (personas, equivalent to our themes), or > need a specific feature (extensions, in both terminologies). This > example is quite positive. The fact that people can easily extend their > desktop encourages them to support it and hack on it. IMHO, the > available stock of extensions is one of the reasons why many GNOME fans > use Firefox rather than Epiphany. Firefox has indeed profited from extensions and there are lessons that we can learn from that. GNOME Shell isn't a browser, though. We need to be mindful not to adopt the Firefox model without considering the ways in which our needs might differ. The visual appearance of a desktop/OS might be far more important to its marketing than a browser might be, for example.