Green Island: A New Qt-Based Wayland Compositor
Phoronix: Green Island: A New Qt-Based Wayland Compositor
Less than one day after the official release of Wayland 1.0 there is a new Wayland compositor that emerges. This new compositor for Wayland is dubbed "Green Island" and leverages Qt, QtQuick, and QML for creating a new and unique Linux desktop experience...
The first screenshot looks suspiciously Ubuntu like.
Seems very promising. I'll take a look into it.
Old login manager screenshot
Shame on me for keeping old (very) early prototype screenshots, the login manager is now better looking.
You can take a look here: http://www.maui-project.org/static/i...in-manager.png
Updated login manager screenshot is here: http://www.maui-project.org/static/i...in-manager.png
Shame on me for keeping (very) early prototype screenshots around.
I'd rather stick with Debian (derivative) & KDE.
If someone wants to make a really novel compositer, why not put that 3D hardware to use and make something that allows us to use spatial awareness to locate and place windows? Maybe use Minority Report for inspiration. Yes it's been done before and no it probably wouldn't increase productivity, but being able to seamlessly transition between work and a shooter or something would be cool, as well as being able to embed content from 3D applications (e.g. architectural) directly in the desktop environment.
Isn't it time 3D escaped individual applications?
P.S. wasn't meaning to be negative, just hoping to inspire someone to go beyond the status quo ;-)
The problem with unity/ubuntu is that it inherits much of the brain damage found in Gnome 3. When designing a DE the main focus should IMO be: 1) The user must get everything done as fast as possible and 2) don't make assumptions about how users interact with the DE. ie most people work with just the mouse so don't assume that they use keyboard shortcuts even though you should have keyboard shortcuts (and those should be familiar).
Originally Posted by plfiorini
Both Unity and Gnome Shell are competent desktop environments. Far better than Gnome 2 in my books, but of course the "hard core" Linux people would differ with me there. I do wish someone would make a good third option though. KDE never flowed very well for me, and XFCE/LXDE just feel too much like Gnome 2. I'm quite interested in the UI being designed for Elementary Luna though. And when will someone create a Win8-style DE for Linux? The design principles are retardedly simple, so surely someone will put it together for kicks and giggles eventually? I dunno.
Originally Posted by 89c51
I usually just alt-tab and alt-` between windows, so I don't use the bar for window switching as much, but I will give you a few examples that Average Joe may notice in Unity.
Originally Posted by BO$$
Consistent Placement: The items on the bar remain static, so you always know exactly where the application you're looking for is when you want to switch to it.
Large Icons: Having large, color-coded icons improves visual memory and also helps you identify what you're looking for significantly faster than plaintext with a small icon.
That's just to address the one concern you gave. I'll list a few others. On Unity in particular, you've got global search at your disposal, so one keypress or click and you can immediately find and launch anything by name with just the enter key. That's infinitely better than digging through Gnome 2's app menu, let alone browsing for a particular file. Gnome Shell offers a similar feature. In Gnome Shell (and Unity as I have it configured) there is a hot corner (and keyboard shortcut) that immediately exposes all windows in a fashion where you can continue on and click the one you want immediately. No reading titles and trying to identify which one is which. This is a tremendous booster. I love Unity's HUD feature personally. That's one thing I've always missed from Mac. As far as I'm concerned the only real regression is the loss of the Compiz Cube, but I'll take Unity and Gnome Shell's extremely up to date visual styles over that any day. Gnome Shell is beautiful, hands down. Unity looks about as good as Windows 7, which means that it is pleasing to the eye, just not overly amazing. By default Gnome 2 was a downright eyesore. I would spend days configuring it in order to make it acceptable with things like Emerald.
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